Einar (left) and Jamex de la Torre with Slim in Canberra
We have delved into the album to share another special moment – the historic encounter of those masters of assemblage, the fabulous de la Torre brothers and our favourite outsider artist Slim Barrie. Slim’s overnight stay with Nigel enroute to his Sydney exhibition last year coincided with the madcap Mexicans’ visiting-artist residency at the ANU School of Art Glass Workshop. And given that Slim had recently added ‘found glass’ to his repertoire, getting them together was too good an opportunity to miss. Dear old Slim, dapper as ever, undoubtably found the heat in the hotshop a little taxing (especially given that it was summer) but he soldiered on regardless.
By the way – for those who may have been anxious on Slim’s behalf – he was spared the worst during last week’s flooding in his hometown of Lakes Entrance. He lives, thank goodness, on elevated ground.