On a roll…

Painter Andre Hiep had put out a general call for toilet rolls for his piece for the reSOURCE: the art of recycling exhibition, and plenty of peeps put in a concerted effort to help him out. The drive, alas, fell short of the critical mass required and the artwork wasn’t quite a done deal in time for the competition’s deadline and opening.

Andre finally finished the work last week and brought it in for a show and tell – and it was just too good not to hang…

Meanwhile the exhibition continues to be a great hit, especially with the kids…

For the new son-in-law: Iain the (very)Brave…

We’ve had a request for snaps of the little Scottish kneezup we threw for Sammy Jo and Iain’s post-nuptial World Tour of the New Rellies’n Frenz (nearly two months ago now – though it seems like years already.)

We really only took pics of the early, presentable part of proceedings because, of course, by the time it got to the doof-doof stage we were all too busy dancing and carousing to even think of taking photographs…probably just as well.

It was lots of fun.

For publishable(!) shots, go here

Can’t get enough…

…of Alex Asch, who’s just kicking off a new body of work at Jas Hugonnet Gallery

The Gang had dinner on Thursday night with Jas and La Groppa (at Italian & Sons, too good; just like being in Melbs) and so caught up with all the latest g(l)oss.

Haven’t had a chance to deliberate over the ‘woofer’ in the Ranamok yet, though did go through the show like a dose of salts on the Saturday morning. Only had enough time to give Mas a quick congratulatory squeeze – he was about to give a floor talk – before a supersonic exit stage right (people to see/places to be, coast-wise.) Outstanding winning piece, beyond merely deserved (see last post for snap.)

Meanwhile, back to Alex…





Alex Asch 


now showing

jas hugonnet gallery www.hugonnet.com.au


media release and invitation


In this latest body of work Asch explores masculinty through the male action figure.

These rescued and reconstructed figures have been endowed with new personas and narratives taking them beyond boy hood heroism

and into a flawed and eccentric existence.


To arrange an appointment to view or for media images, please contact the gallery via the website. 




Alex Asch

the hatchet man


40 x 21 x 15cm         

Masa takes the cake!!

The Gang didn’t make it to Ranamok last night – mainly because we have BVRG business up in Canberra tomorrow and galloping across the Monaro and back twice in as many days was more than we could possibly bear to contemplate (we’ll endeavour to swing by on Saturday morning before we head out of town…)

Meanwhile, we’re so thrilled to hear that Masa won this year’s lolly.

Marvellous. Love his work (love him!!)



Masahiro Asaka, Surge 12

Cast and cold worked glass
32 H x 35 W x 50 D cm

Heat transforms the state of glass from solid to liquid.
The mass of the glass inside the mould collapses under gravity and density increases as melting continues. My process allows the object to inherit both the beauty of the material as well as my desire to control it.

 Photographer: Rob Little

Thanks to La Groppa for the headzup.

reSOURCE: the art of recycling…

Between the judging and launch of the reSOURCE exhibition, last Friday was nothing short of a marathon at the BVRG…

Jan Ireland, the dynamo behind Bermagui’s annual Sculpture on the Edge, graciously judged the strongly fielded competition, with categories that included professional artists, community groups, seniors and schools (both secondary and primary.)

The professional section resulted in a tie: Ulan Murray for his sculpture, Samara, and Craig Cameron for his painted fridge door, First Nation.

The community award was won by Debbie Petersen with her extraordinarily wonderful Bemboka Blanket.

Tony Sweeting took out the senior’s prize with his crazed frankenstein-esque ‘machinery’, Eden Marine High scooped the secondary school pool with a critter thematic group effort and Mabel Ashburn (see last post) won the primary school section…

There are some amazing pieces in the show, which was enjoyed immensely by the opening night crowd.

[Megsie, as you can imagine, will be driven quietly demented over the course of the next five weeks or so – the hang being somewhat frenetic visually! Nonetheless it is lots of fun and, quite properly, a broadly inclusive program. n(Ed)]

Hats off to the BVSC’s Waste and Water department for running such an encouragingly creative initiative.

reSOURCE is up until late September. General snaps of the evening here.

Baton change…

Much exciting coming and going last week with the changeover at BVRG…

The de-install was a family affair all round…  


  …as was the new install…


 The incoming show is a warm and fuzzy community event (and Shire wide competition) predicated on creative recycling. All sorts of weird and wonderful things were arriving over the course of the day and we were  particularly smitten by the gorgeous work of 8 yr old Mabel Ashburn (above) from Towamba. So cute.


A lofty view…

Couldn’t resist this little photo opp – last week the Community Services mob held an event in the Regional Library (which shares a foyer entrance with the Gallery); a sunny reception with bunches of orange helium balloons. It was all taken down by the end of the day…but late the next morning a lone stray floated quietly into the gallery and did the rounds of the exhibition.

We kid you not – didn’t see it arrive (the doors stand open) and didn’t see it leave. We came out of the office to find it serenely circling the room, stopping to hover at each work in turn, and were so charmed by it that we immediately grabbed the camera…


Atonement comes down this week – we’re going to miss it.

Shield biz…

The Gang had a lovely visit last weekend from one of our fave dudes (and mentor in last year’s New Black program at the BVRG), Michael Brogan. Swinging into some quality gaol time he brought two more shields with him and took the opportunity to tweak the installation in the exercise yard…



He’s coming back to do a photo series.

And then just as we waved him off on Monday – after a round of the Atonement exhibition and a coffee at Red – we caught the Radio National interview with Kamahi on the drive home. Spooky coincidence.

We love that.

More is mess…


The Gang hacked a track to Canberra last weekend – Megsie was giving the art forum fringe talk at Craft ACT for Tour de Force. We’d been forewarned (by an alarming number of people) to brace ourselves for the shock of the hang – we’d not made it up for the launch because it had clashed with the install and opening of Atonement in Bega. This was to be our first sighting.




When the exhibition was initially booked back in 2009 at Craft, Jas and Megsie had discussed the fact that Tour de Force needed room – that it wasn’t the run of the mill inanimate object on a plinth kind of show. The work required space and insightful placement; a sensitive hand, a canny eye…And, above all, the object of the exercise was to break out of the relentless bourse mentality of ye olde crafte shoppe.

The understanding was that the exhibition would stand alone. And yes we do know that Craft ordinarily runs to two shows concurrently, but one’s expectation was that on this occasion they would be mindful, surely, of the pre-eminence of the booked exhibition and, if unwilling to hold the line, at least make an effort to exhibit something vaguely complementary, if only in scale.

Sadly not.




What they’ve done is gone and pulled off the curatorial equivalent of seeing how many people can be shoved into a volksie. And rather than feature something innovative and progressive, in keeping with the spirit of Tour de Force, the appended show is the same old chest-thumping conventional offering (as in Canberra-Canberra-Canberra-oi-oi-oi) that they wheel out over and over again ad infinitum – only this time it’s dressed up as ’40 years of Craft ACT practice’. Same peeps, different anniversary. Barmy.








The touring show has been shoved to the back of the room, without even the courtesy of demarcation, with the consequence that the entire hang comes across like the bastard child of Ranamok and Kirra.

What on earth were they thinking?

That marvellous exhibition (Tour) has just been plonked around the back walls with such scant regard to aesthetics and balance that it’s enough to make you weep. Tim’s skull is at crotch level, Deb’s casts are at knee level, Tom’s video is presented on a frigging laptop, and Trish’s animation didn’t make the cut at all. The power of Ian’s work is diminished to a huddle and Jacqu, Nic and Neil are just whacked around whatever wall’s left over by the looks. Not a whisper of visual dialogue survived the install. How can you kill something like that? No narrative, no nuthin’. Totally snuffed.

Both shows have been done a serious disservice here – though we don’t for a moment suggest that this was deliberate. Craft just isn’t up to nuance, obviously – they’ve made an injudicious call and got it wrong. Which is so ironic. Because given that the initial discussion re Tour de Force was kicked off by Barb McConchie back in 2007/8 (when she was Director at Craft ACT) the endgame at this venue is disappointing in the extreme.

Thankfully it’s been the only bummer install on the tour to date. We can’t imagine it happening again – all the following venues are art galleries.