A spiky welcome home…

21 09 2009

…the Gang arrived home from Canberra this evening to find Ginger waiting with an echidna, which she’d found hanging out in the garden…

 

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…sooo cute…

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We let it free in the next door paddock…

It was a lovely end (that and a lyrebird at the bottom of the Darragh) to a fabbo day of Oz cult-cha-cha; Sidney Nolan at the War Memorial, Nick Cave at the National Library and a circuit of the National Portrait Gallery, punctuated by a ripper lunch. Noice.





Caren’s opening at Megalo…

16 09 2009

We missed Caren’s opening, rats, but the beauty of blogging is that you can cross link and catch it on the e-waves…

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And as a serious bonus you get not only the install but the opening and the show as well.





Mariana opens at CMAG…

14 09 2009

Just in: snaps of Mariana del Castillo’s show in CMAG’s Gallery 4 glass space…

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LIMBO MANIA

 

LIMBO (noun)
 

1.       the state of being disregarded or forgotten
2. an imaginary place for lost or neglected things
3. (theology) in Roman Catholicism, the place of unbaptized but innocent or righteous souls (such as infants and virtuous individuals)

 

 

As a child growing up in Ecuador the nuns would show us Hieronymus Bosch’s (1450–1516) painting of ‘The garden of earthly delights’, pointing to the right hand panel of hell and proclaiming loudly that the consequences of insolence would land you in this ghoulish place. Staring at the panel of hell it appeared to me more like a circus. I was drawn to the central panel depicting purgatory or limbo it was a joyous free for all without inhibition or reason. Heaven or the Garden of Eden depicted in the right hand panel although full of animals appeared subdued and sombre and without mischief. 

 

 In my art practice I have always preferred the well worn found object, items that bare the presence of human existence so it felt strange when I was drawn to the yellow caution tape and started sewing the strips in to workable pieces. It holds a certain contemporary currency we have all seen it wrapped around scenes of disaster. In this instillation I have combined elements of realism and absurdity with mystical qualities that arouse and reveal past and present memories and emotions.

 

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Word is that the show’s lit for night viewing – so it’s at its optimum after dark.

For more info go here.

The Gang’s hitting the ‘Berra this coming weekend – looks like we’ll be making a bee-line straight to Civic …





What an effective kick-start to the day…

14 09 2009

Just in from breakfastpolitics

 

Yoko MatsumotoYoko Matsumoto, Light Shining on the Horizon, oil on canvas, 2008

…just like a morning dip in a mountain spring!! 

[We’re now fully awake, refreshed and rearing to go. n(Ed)]





Public art…

13 09 2009

Fabbo projection on windows of a building just down, and across the road, from Granny’s in Franklin St.

 

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We’ve since discovered that it’s the Melbourne Propaganda Windows, hosted by Michael Koro Galleries. For more info go here.





Omigod! Brennie’s having twins!!…well, Shazza is…

13 09 2009

The news has been out of the bag for a coupla weeks now but, what with Melbs and other pressing stuff, we’ve only just managed to track him down in person to get permission to take it global…

 

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We trawled through all the old image files, only to find that we don’t actually have any snaps of them together! Something we’ll have to remedy pronto (maybe when we’re in Adders in a couple of weeks…)





Just in from mister jones…

9 09 2009

Matt and Blue have just sent through some snaps of last Sunday’s opening. What a great crowd they pull up there!! Culture’s obviously alive and well in Bermagui, that’s for sure and certain…

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                                          Great looking show, btw…

 

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Jan Collingridge’s Sheep: portrait of a flock is up until the end of October. Gallery details here.