Sewn up…

Mariana del Castillo now showing

jas hugonnet galley

Image: Nostalgia’s Companion 2010  Mixed media  300 x 370 x 190cm

A peculiar accomplice In her latest body of work, del Castillo presents a series of recycled objects cloaked in grey vintage Australian war blankets. With a deft hand she has created tableau’s that are plagued with the eventualities of life; a distillation of eroticism, moral struggle, memory and nostalgia. Constantly battered by undercurrents of Catholicism, she seeks revelation through concealment in these meticulously sewn objects.

Big weekend…

Darlings!! It’s official – the silly season has begun. This weekend saw the kick-off of the end-of-year-function-fest. Starting with the BVSC’s Service Award evening. It was a fabbo night out at the Kalaru Racetrack. Great dance band, good company.

Perhaps a little too much of a good time (put Megsie on a bus and you’re looking for trouble.)

Anyhoo, we were too busy yakking and dancing to take too many snaps. You know how it is…

The following morning we launched ourselves into serious recovery mode with a spot of dedicated domestic scrubbery (an essential component of the Gang’s mental health program) followed by a hydro-therapeutic 20 laps at the Candelo pool before heading off to Merimbula where Megsie was opening an exhibition at the Twyford Hall.

Three Kinds of Country features the work of Tony Sweeting, Kimberly Dodd and Trish Thompson; three artists who live beyond the perceived Mason-Dixon line of the culturally-literate in the Bega Valley Shire (Rocky Hall, Towamba and Myrtle Mountain respectively.) It warmed the cockles of the Gang’s heart to see that particular myth blown out of the water.

Because what a great show it is.

From the sensuous, nostalgic langour of Kimberly’s lush and romantic still life paintings – borderline kitsch,  which we always love, and sumptuous with it…

To Trish Thompson’s faintly macabre carnivale work, with that wonderful mix of gaiety and foreboding; Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Grimm’s Fairy Tale meets Princess Bride, set in a darkening, encroaching bush…

To Tony Sweeting’s Molecular Landscapes – incontrovertible proof that ‘science meets art’ is the new black.  Like visual renderings of the corpuscular theory of light, his paintings have a kinetic energy that’s almost mesmerising. If the room had been full of boffins they’d all have been snaffled immediately…

As it was, the length and breadth of the hall showed a healthy flush of red dots; proof positive of the crowd’s discerning appreciation.

One thing’s for sure and certain; there’s talent out in them thar hills.

More snaps here.

Cream rises…

Invitation for you and your guests

CREAM  Outstanding Design Graduates 2010, University of Canberra

Opening event 3.30 – 5.30pm Friday 3 December 2010

Exhibition continues until Saturday 29 January 2011

CREAM brings together the outstanding design graduates from a diverse range of design disciplines including Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Interior Design.

The work explores a range of complex design briefs provided by the talented staff in the Faculty of Arts and Design and the inventive, creative responses of the graduating students.

As a springboard to professional careers, CREAM brings to the public the future today and highlights the excellent reputation that the University of Canberra has for design.

Exhibition Coordinator: Geoff Hinchcliffe

Concept Designer: Erin Collett

Supported by the UC Alumni Network


Contact for Information and images

Jas Hugonnet Manager Gallery of Australian Design  

 (02) 6273 1313   0417 235 916

44 Parkes Place PARKES ACT 2600  

Southern Foreshore, Lake Burley Griffin
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10 – 4 pm

Image:  Marco Chan,  ORIGIN is a single-setter concept vehicle powered by a combined solar and pedal charging system. It is designed for people who care about their health and the environment.

GAD Event sponsor Lion Nathan and James Boag

Forever Young: beginning, no end…

…opened at the BVRG last Friday night, and what a sweet exhibition it is.


Here’s some of the official blurb…

Forever Young: beginning, no end is an exhibition that celebrates the longevity of artistic spirit, from the nascent stirrings of youth to the full-blown flush of octogenarian practice.

It features two distinct groups of work from both ends of the life spectrum; selected work from HSC candidates from Bega High and the South Coast Anglican College, all of whom are just embarking on a lifetime of artistic discovery, and the combined work of Jack Featherstone (Braidwood) and Tom Bosman (Pambula), who between them account for some 120 years of continuous creative practice.

Jack Featherstone, a largely self-taught artist described by his curator Nigel Lendon as a Magic Realist, makes work of an endearingly lyrical and narrative nature. His charming, sculptural landscapes are painted on pieces of found bark, recording a journey through country that clearly captures the artist’s own enjoyment and imagination.

In contrast, Tom Bosman (who was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to Australia in 1958) has a practice that reflects the influence of European modernist movements gained in formal training at the Free Academy in Amsterdam. Despite his venerable age, Tom technique retains a freshness of spirit that celebrates the very construct of light and colour, with a precisionist’s eye that – despite the apparent abstraction – imbues his work with a startling clarity.

Forever Young: beginning no end reminds us of the embracing joy of art and the place it holds in the emotional balance of our lives. Art is a visual expression of the emotional intelligence that interconnects us all to our shared culture and community. This is an exhibition that demonstrates that the perennial intergenerational link remains unbroken.

We particularly congratulate the graduating students and hope they are inspired by the example of Jack and Tom’s sustained dedication.

Nigel Lendon, Associate Professor ANU School of Art and Affiliate Fellow ANU Research School of Humanities and the Arts, was guest speaker at the opening. And a thoroughly good time was had by all.

On until the 11th December. More snaps here.

More Jack biz here.

More Tom biz here.

About that diet…

The Gang’s highlight for today was the Art Network Luncheon at Tanja; allsorts of interesting cultural exchange…

…but the biggest  excitement – let’s face it – was caused by Nelleke’s amazing array of pud…

…uh oh.

We confess that it was all as spectacular as it looks.