21 05 2009


(above) Nicholas Folland, floe.

Okay, now we’re talking. This is what lifts the Gang’s skirt.

It’s Nic Folland’s piece in the Colliding Worlds exhibition at the Samstag Museum (1000 pieces of found ‘crystal’ glassware, 2000 metres of woven nylon thread and some 120 tall man hours to install, he tells us.)

We LOVE it – oh how gorgeous it must be in the flesh!

The show, which opened last Friday and continues until 24th July, also includes the work of Patricia Piccinini, Anna Platten, Shaun Kirby, Pia Borg, and Hayden Fowler.


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Colours of the Country: the hang…

20 05 2009

For everybody out there who just can’t get enough of beanie biz, here’s the show itself…



Gallery entrance…






…the Gang’s all time faves are the beanies from Ernabella, &




For the rest of the snaps, go here.

And that’s a wrap – we’re kinda beanied out now.

Last week’s cultural cha-cha…

19 05 2009

It was all about the fellers last weekend; from Spiral Gallery’s opening of  Blokes, to Matthew Jones at Ivy Hill, to Merrick Fry at Mister Jones in Bermagui…

Proceedings kicked off with some goose-stepping from the Art Police, aka Andrew Gray from SEAR, who officially opened the Spiral show with good serve of comedic stick…


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…which was seriously entertaining – and what a relief to see a healthy injection of humour in the yarts for once. Should be more of it, darlings.

So it was a triff opening all round, with the crowd literally spilling out into the street…




…and the overall tenor of the event  proving a particularly effective way to coax the menfolk out for an evening of cultural fare (…that esky full of VB tinnies being a deft touch.) The sheila’s must’ve been outnumbered three to one – quite a strange, though welcome, phenomenon.

Perhaps our fave work was Mike Petersen’s gorgeous weaving (what a fabulous counterpose for a blacksmith) and we also liked the ‘battle of Waterloo’ slant of Liam Ryan’s painting. [If the subject hadn’t been (g)AFL, we might have been tempted to purr-chase, n(Ed)]

And then on Saturday we finally made it to Ivy Hill, where we’d made a date with Rach to catch Matthew Jones’ exhibition…




…before meandering up to Bermagui for the latest opening at new contemporary art space, mister jones (the self-same Matthew’s other great work in progress.) 

Only the second exhibition since the launch of the gallery, the show Talewind featured the work of Sydney artist Merrick Fry, which/whom we found instantly appealing (both the art and the artist) – not the least for its kitschy assemblage of notional seafaring narratives…



Merrick Fry, See-saw

Merrick’s a chappie who can mix his metaphors with the best of ’em. And as you possibly know, we have always been rather keen on subversive takes on glass (Merrick’s certainly not shy about slipping in the odd bit of plastic!)



(above) Merrick Fry’s work.

Really very cool.

Matthew has since sent us the following blurb…


Seafaring assemblage and works on paper by Merrick Fry.

Mister Jones, Bermagui’s new contemporary art space, opened it’s second exhibition on Saturday night: a witty collection of works on handmade ricepaper and linen – and intriguing assemblages from found materials – by inimitable Annandale artist, Merrick Fry.

Using materials as diverse as lampshades, teacups, plastic toys and false fingernails, Fry constructs bottled dioramas and imagined maritime narratives in a palette of peacock green. He bravely walks the knife-edge of kitsch and saccharine with his tongue firmly in cheek. But beneath the self-conscious prettiness of bobbing, fairytale vessels, lurks always a violent and malevolent sea.

The opening was another well-attended street gathering for Bermagui, with viewers travelling from as far as Sydney for the event. But for those who missed the opening, Merrick Fry’s work will show at Mister Jones for the months of May and June, at 2/4 Bunga Street, Bermagui.


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(above) Shambala (with her attendant human) has been a most consistant and discerning visitor to mister jones

Cheers Matthew!!

For more snaps go here.

Glass spotto…

17 05 2009

Someone who may prefer to remain nameless just pointed us to yesterday’s offering on artdaily.com, with the sardonic aside “…and yes, it’s glaaaass!! – jeez let’s have a moratorium…”




On some levels, we’d have to agree. But, of course, technically they are impressively big, as in length (and yes it is all about size, obviously), so at the outset one would have to at least admire the skill/controlled mastery of the blowing. Which led us to do a little digging (aka net surfing), and we discovered that ‘…She collaborates with Neil Wilkin in the blowing of many of her pieces.’

Ah, so we’re back to that old chicken or the egg conundrum of who maketh it art? The gaffer or the person who hires him? After all, would we give a toss about it if it wasn’t big (and colourful and shiny)?

We surfed a little further to check out Neil Wilkin and found plenty of cute stuff  (though rather a lot of it was way Chihuly-esque.) Here’s a few things we did rather like though…



   Neil Wilkin, Umbrella Tree


   Neil Wilkin, Raspberry Chandelier


   Neil Wilkin, Glass Grass


   Neil Wilkin, Wisteria Chandelier

Have a poke around his website, here. And while you’re at it, check out his ABOUT page.



   Neil Wilkin, himself.

Blanchie at the forefront of artists’ move into the city…

16 05 2009



Pooh just sent through this ripper article in last Sunday’s Age about the arts push for inner city studio spaces. Thank goodness somebody’s being proactive about it. Ah, Marvellous Melbourne – what can we say! Actually Blanchie had only just moved in when the Gang was last down there and we’d planned a studio visit but ended up running out of time. Bit of a bummer really – but we’ll make up for it next trip…

Wazza gets the tower – but no surprises there…

14 05 2009

The tender for the ‘smokestack’ at the Canberra Glassworks has finally been announced, and the winner is…(drumroll)…Warren Langley!! Jon Stanhope could have saved all the money, time and hoo-hah by just giving it to Wazza in the first place, we reckon. He was always the shoe-in, let’s face it. And deservedly so. After all, from the Aussie contemporary/studio glass historic perspective alone, he is the most eminently appropriate/experienced in the genre.

Thanks Nige, for pointing us to the ACT Gubba-ment’s NewsWire…




As for the other short-listings, gawd save us from the artchitects, darlings!

And speaking of public art in the ACT, check out the Gateway debacle on ArtWranglers. Perhaps it’s time to start sharpening your quills, my friends…

Bermagui, Saturday night…

14 05 2009

Darlings!! It was worth the drive to Merrick Fry’s opening at Mister Jones gallery at Bermi last Saturday for the sunset alone…



(above, the view from the Bermi pub)

But the show was a beauty too – and the artist totally charming. So it was grins all round and we’ll cover it soon…