Old fifty-fiver…

15 04 2008

(above) the McDonald’s museum/facsimile of the original burgery, opened in 1955.

We’ve always had a soft spot for ’55-ers (apart from Megsie, we haven’t met a ratty one yet…) but hadn’t connected the dreaded Maccas with that ‘golden’ year. A bit of a blight really – though we have to admit that if they’d retained the look of the original, we’d probably be sorely tempted to rock in…

We stumbled across these pics on the web, as you do.  They’re part of a recommended food-museum-drive-tour of America (as in, where to drag the luckless kids for their next family holiday…)

 

That wiener would probably look pretty good as the new ‘gateway’ sculpture for Canberra, don’t you think Nige?

And, of course, top of the Gang’s list of ‘things we must do before we cark it’ just has to be the Spam Museum and factory…

Oh yeah.

Any takers?





Sculpture unbound – Weereewa: A festival of Lake George…

14 04 2008

(above) Marianna del Castillo, Memoria 2008

(above) Alex Asch, Feral Gaze 2008

(above) Clare Martin, Level 2008

Jas Hugonnet (and Gilly, Max and Jack!)  walked the Shoreline Sculpture Trail across Lake George on the weekend and sent us some snaps to share. What an incredible gift Lake George is, for sight specific work!! What a great concept! What a bummer we didn’t go up and experience it, in the extended round, for ourselves! Ah well, we definitely  won’t miss out next year… 

The event, co-ordinated by Tony Steel, invited proposals from artists in all media – with a brief, obviously, to respond to the unique environment of Lake George. (So vast and eerie, says Jas. You betcha!!) How absolutely breath-catchingly fabulous.

Makes you re-think the whole civic/public art program scenario though. Does shoving a permanent hodgepodge of sculpture on pavements and street corners really constitute aesthetic enlightenment? Rarely, wethinks.

Give us fresh and immediate events like the Shoreline Sculpture Trail and Domain any day. With a spontaneous relevancy that unerringly connects and uplifts…

For more info regarding the Weereewa Festival and the Sculpture Trail, go to…

http://www.weereewafestival.org/





Plenty of Front from Amos Enders-Moje…

12 04 2008

 

Figured we’d post notice of Amos’s opening in sufficient time for you all to mark your dance cards for next Thursday night. It’s a pretty sure bet his band will be playing post-launch, so ink in a double header and prepare yourselves for a treat…





Country living, it’s a dog’s life…

11 04 2008

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We got up in the middle of the night to find security-trainee Lola hard at it…snoring, that is. (And we kid you not, we did not arrange those cushions.)





One for Nigel…

10 04 2008

 

Hey Nige, here’s a beauty (randomly spotted in Canberra). You will doubtless be pleased to know that this piece of gorgeousness is not being used as a doggy bowl…





The NewActon factor…

8 04 2008

Warren Langley’s Mapping the Molonglo 2

 

Last week the Gang and La Gropp enjoyed a tour of the Molonglo Group’s fabulous revamp of the old Acton Hotel precinct – and, more specifically, Warren Langley’s quite spectacular sculpture installation, which straddles the foyer of 21-23 Marcus Clarke Street. 

The piece, Mapping the Molonglo 2, is in fact a compilation of four separate sculptures (Exterior red tree sculpture, Interior blue tubes sculpture, Interior river light projection, and Exterior river light projection) and it’s very, very cool – to say the least. 

But, of course, the entire development is seriously cool – which is hardly surprising given that Fender Katsalidis are the architects and that Molonglo Group’s Nectar Efkarpidis and his arts advisor Pamille Berg established an extensive arts brief from the get-go. We took a few snaps, but will go back from time to time for more…artworks are still being installed as we speak and there’s a fabulous Neil Roberts’ piece, just along from Wocker’s, that we forgot to get on the night…

We’ve definitely found a new place to hang. The old Acton has already re-opened as the 5-star boutique Diamant Hotel: great interior design (by SJB Interiors) with a moody, almost film noir colour scheme (oh-so-Melbourne, darlings, we do love that); schmicko looking restaurants; a bar run by the Nightsbridge mob. And artwork blooming everywhere. What more could we possibly ask for? 

Brief peek at…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasscentralcanberra/sets/72157604432689056/

 

 

 





‘Klaus Moje: Glass’ rolls into Bega…

7 04 2008

 

Friday night saw the final Australian chapter of the travelling Klaus Moje: Glass/Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Glass show. The exhibition is having one last hurrah at the Bega Regional Gallery – to give the locals a thrill – before the lot’s packed up and shipped off to the States.

From here on in it will join a complementary exhibition which, headlined by The Portland Panels: Choreograhed Geometry 2007  [go to search, for earlier post ‘The master ups the ante’], will showcase selected works from a number of significant American private collections. This ‘mega solo’ will tour the Portland Art Museum in Oregon (opening on the 31st of May), the Toledo Museum of Art, and finally the Museum of Arts and Design in New York (where it will feature at the grand opening of the MAD’s new digs in 2009.)  

Meanwhile, back in rural Bega, a very pleasant evening was had by all; Nigel Lenden was the guest speaker for the launch, there was a good turn out of local notables, and the work looked great despite the ghastly fluoros (what an amazing extreme it was, after last week’s soothing Earth Hour!!)

The night finished up on a cosy note of wurst und kartoffelsalat over at Wapengo. Mugshots at…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasscentralcanberra/sets/72157604414002428/

Bega Regional Gallery exhibition details at…

http://www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au/Community/Art_Gallery/exhibition.htm





STOP PRESS: Johnathon Schmuck’s opening…was last Saturday night…

7 04 2008

Two Decades of Glasswork

(above) Johnathon Schmuck, This & That, 2007, kilnformed and wheel cut glass on metal base (photo Paul Schraub)

Shock horror, the Gang forgot to post this last week. But it doesn’t really matter if you missed the April 4th opening. If you’re in the vicinity of the Masaoka Glass Design Studio & Gallery, Carmel Valley, California, Johnathon’s exhibition, Twenty to life: Two Decades of Glasswork,  will be running through until May 31st.

[We love that jailhouse thematic, Johnathon – it’s our kind of thang.  n(Ed)]





Hold the tide…

6 04 2008

(above) Nick Proud, Flotsom Beach Chair

Last Thursday the Gang and Brigitte headed to Canberra for the opening of Borders and Tidal Zone at Craft ACT. The Monaro was gorgeous, as always, and the trip delivered yet another visual bon-bon; this time in the guise of a customised FX, parked outside PJ Harvey’s in Nimmitabel. There was obviously a significant Holden gathering somewhere over the coming weekend, because from here on in (for the next 24 hours, in fact) we spotted a steady stream of rev-head gems, all heading sou’ sou’ east. Made you want to turn around and follow ’em immediately

Anyhoo, we did manage to resist temptation and focus on the task at hand. One of Brigitte’s Hammerheads is featured in Borders, a line-up of work from local artists (including Stephen Harkin, Megan Munro, Lia Tajcnar, Elizabeth Kelly, Gilbert Riedelbauch and Tim Foster) showing concurrently with Tidal Zone (a touring exhibition from the Design Centre-Tasmania.) By the way, Jas, we loved the way Borders remained so contained and dignified, while those Taswegians ran riot in Gallery 2…

The Gang caught up with lots of bods, of course. Lizzie is only just back from Japan, and already heading for Tasmania (little wonder she was looking so happy and relaxed!!) Luna is in the final throes of vacating the studio at Mitchell (nothing worse than that moving caper, as we know only too well…) Annie has finished up at ANCA and is now at the helm of the good ship CAPO…

Plenty of familiar faces, and one very familiar hand, at…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasscentralcanberra/sets/72157604398151306/

For further info about the exhibition go to…

http://www.craftact.org.au/exhibitions/

 





The pampered pooch: when only the best will do…

4 04 2008

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How cute it is when you come across beloved puppies that are so spoilt that they’re even treated to high-end crafted dog-ware(!) The Gang’s decided we should start a file on seriously upmarket pet bowls…