Chicken before the egg…

31 03 2010

This post is for La Groppa.

Just as Easter advances, the Gang enjoyed the most glorious prelude – Big Sammy sent us up to Moruya last weekend to pick up Beatrice…

Ain’t she adorable!!

Pa and the Gang dutifully motored up to take possession, and then putt-putted back via Bermi for fush’n’chups…

…and stopped for a swim with Brigitta at Kianinny Bay (sorry, no snaps of girlies in speedos – we’ll leave all that to silly Tony-put-it-away-Abbott)…

…before the final dash to Wyndham…

We love her big time already. And, oh, how happy we are that she’s gunna end her days fanging around Flinders! Truly, there is a god.





Natalie Mather at jas hugonnet gallery…

30 03 2010

Latest addition to Jas’s stable…

Natalie Mather now showing at jas hugonnet gallery www.hugonnet.com.au 

Image Jurassic, 2010 Spray paint, synthetic polymer and pencil on plywood. 90 cm x 60 cm.





Link to Timothy Horn biz, in New York…

29 03 2010

 

For the hook-up to Tim and Julie’s show with PPOW at the ADAA, go here.





Coastal Culture: coming up…

29 03 2010

For the culture vultures looking for a fix this coming week…

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Romancing Lake George…

29 03 2010

Jas sent these through last week, but being otherwise occupied with a gallery change-over, we’ve simply not had time to post before now. It is, of course,  the good oil on the Weereewa Sculpture Prize 2010. Above is Jas’s own submission [very lovely and lyrical. n(Ed)]… and here’s the general wrap-up…

 

Megs,

 

Under the title Winds of Change, the Weereewa Sculpture Prize 2010 opened yesterday.

It was coordinated by Mike Macgregor, judged by Wendy Teakel, Head of Scupture ANU, and sponsored by Infigen.

Third Prize of $1000 went to Tracy Luff,  Carbon Lock Up (Three Black Forms, pallet timber, steel rod)…

 

 

 

Second and First Prize was combined ($5000 and shared between Andy Townsend and Suzi Bleach for Adrift (Steel Horse, salvaged objects and flags)…

 

 

 

 

…and Dave Argaet’s Sands of Time (Sinking house/shed; brick, iron and timber)

 

 

 

 

Highly Commended: Mike Macgregor and Thomas Westra.

Other Artists in the show: Ali Aedy, Murray Ambler, Alex Asch,Ham Dorrach, Stephen Deronne, Paul Dimmer, Kath Fries, Jeffrey Firth, Stephen Harrison, Jas Hugonnet , Adam Humphreys, Ken Hutchinson, Ionas Kaltenbach, Sally Kiddal, David Maclaren, Sebastien Meijbaum, Richard Moffatt, Chris Polglase, John Ramsey, Britta Stenmanns, Nick Stranks, Daniel Velnaar and Travis Williams.

 

Show runs at the end of Lake Rd Bungendore until 29 March 2010

Bring your own water! It gets thirsty out there

 

 Cheers Jas

 

Thanks Jas, much appreciated.

 

We noticed with interest that a number of works had migrated inland from Sculpture On the Edge at Bermagui…(!)

 

More snaps here and here.

Apologies for lack of titles/artists info. We added those we recognised.





On the eve of the Archies – wot we fancy…

25 03 2010

Darlings! Time again for The Arts equivalent of The Melbourne Cup.

It’s a fairly rum field, we reckon, but there are a couple of faves. The Gang fancies…

…(we love that bonus serve of Ex action)…and…

Quite compelling (not that we know aught about the Lord Mayor of Melbourne.)

Meanwhile, La Groppa’s laying her lobsters on Kev…

Bring it on.

Post script:…and the winner was…

 

 

…Sam Leach’s painting of comedian Tim Minchin. Now everybody’s carrying on about size!!





Social tragics…

25 03 2010

Thanks to La Groppa for the following…

Must have been a slow day at the Canberra Times!!





Wagga Wagga, the full story…

22 03 2010

Just as we’d posted the snap of the winner of Wagga’s National Student Glass Art Prize last week, we received the whole shebang in longhand, so to speak…

National Student Art Glass Prize: Winner Announced

The inaugural winner of the National Student Art Glass Prize (NSAGP) was announced at the official launch of the Prize exhibition on Friday evening, 12 March, by Kay Hull MP, Federal Member for the Riverina. A crowd of patrons of the arts and glass enthusiasts gathered in front of the National Art Glass Gallery as the Prize was awarded to Belinda Toll from the Australian National University for her work Time contained, an exploration of the notion of memory.

Belinda graduated with first class honours in glass at the end of 2009 from the School of Art at the Australian National University. Time contained, a series of dark orbs with glimmering images hidden inside, was chosen from a field of twenty-four students of art glass from across Australia. Three students were also Highly Commended: CJ Taylor from the South Australian School of Art for Leviathan (towards away), featuring video projection through a glass screen; Kirsten Costello from Monash University for The Fancy Rats; and Christopher Boha, also from South Australia, for The Space In/Between: 24 Weeks, an installation featuring origami flowers in glass domes.

All of the artworks on show displayed an extraordinary range of virtuoso skills in every technique, beautiful, evocative and thought-provoking. The judges, who had the challenging task of selecting a single winner out of so many outstanding pieces, included Maureen Williams, one of Australia’s most prominent and internationally recognised glass artists, Barbara McConchie (former head of Craft ACT) and Cath Bowdler, director of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. The exhibition was curated by Wagga Wagga Art Gallery’s Curator of Glass, Michael Scarrone, who said at the opening that he was “completely blown away by the support of the art glass community and Wagga Wagga City Council.”

Belinda Toll will take up her prize later this year, an all-expenses-paid trip to attend two master classes at North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland, one of the world’s most renowned centres for the practice and development of art glass. The two master classes are Building of Form, a solid glass casting and slumping master class led by Anna Matouskova, and An American/Venetian Experience, which will focus on Venetian off hand glassblowing techniques, neo-classical forms and clean line in blown glass, led by Dante Marioni and Benjamin Moore. Time contained will become part of the National Art Glass Collection at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, and will be on display, with all the works selected for the exhibition, until Sunday, 6 June.

NSAGP conceived and exhibition curated by Michael Scarrone. For further information, please contact Michael Scarrone at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery on 02 6926 9670

Looks like a great time was had by all…

..and it was attended by all the important peeps…

Thanks Mikey, for sending through the good oil – and all the snaps. Makes it almost as good as being there.

Our personal faves were Kirsten Costello’s rats…

and Nathan Allan’s rock stack (probably ‘cos it reminded us so much of Brenden Scott French’s work)…

…and, of course, Bernz Foster’s critters…

Check out the rest of the field here. (Apologies for incomplete labelling – we don’t have a catalogue.)





To the ‘Berra and back, don’t spare the horses…

21 03 2010

Last week the Gang did a lightning raid on the Canberra culture scene – GAD and ANU School of Art grad program ** to be more precise – there to briefly mingle with old confrères…but most specifically to catch Nicki Dickson’s grand (PhD) finale.

First port of call was the Gallery of Australian Design, where Jas Hugonnet is clearly in his element; architecture, design, the minimalist aesthetic…and a veritable spit from the edge of Lake Burley Griffin – could there possibly be a more perfectly suited workplace for him! Fits like a glove, we tells ya. Happy happy joy joy. Anyway, it was a very swish ambassadorial affair (the show was being opened by the Mexican ambo, and the dippos were out in droves) – so Jas’s clientel is clearly all class, too.

Very hip show – Glenn Murcutt’s our fave Aussie architect and Barragán, who, we discovered, had a serious thing for pink…

…gotta love that.

Then we skipped across the lake to Nicki’s opening…and serious apologies to the artist – we didn’t manage a decent snap of her, so you’ll have to just make do with the work…

…which is just fabulous…

Exhibition ends Friday 26th March, so you’d better get your skates on if you want to see it in the flesh.

Snaps of all the beautiful peeps here.

** please note, you need Adobe Reader to open this pdf document.





National Student Art Glass Prize at Wagga Wagga…

20 03 2010

The official word from the National Art Glass Gallery…

The Inaugural National Student Art Glass Prize was officially launched at the National Art Glass Gallery on Friday 12 March 2010, by Kay Hull Federal Member for the Riverina in front of patrons of the arts and members of the Australian Glass community. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Glass Curator Michael Scarrone said he was “completely blown away by the support of the art glass community and Wagga Wagga City Council.” The student work in the exhibition ranged from beautiful, to thought provoking and technically challenging making choosing a winner a tough job for judges Maureen Williams, Barbara McConchie and Cath Bowdler. However CJ Taylor, Kristen Costello and Christopher Boha were awarded Highly Commended certificates. The winner of the inaugural National Student Art Glass Prize was Belinda Toll from ANU with her work Time contained, an exploration of the notion of memory. Toll will take up the prize of all expenses-paid masterclasses in the world renowned North Lands Creative Glass centre in Scotland later in the year.