On Saturday the Gang wandered across for the opening of the long anticipated Mark Ward exhibition at Narek, and weren’t disappointed…
We forgot to snaffle a room list, so we’re flying sans title, but never mind. Meanwhile we caught up, albeit briefly, with lots of our fave peeps…
…including Klausie, who was only just back from Bullseye.
We managed to catch up with Mark (and Mirabel) properly the following day, at a scrumptious lunch at Penny Hunt’s in Candelo. Lov-erly.
[Thanks Penny, Veneto bliss!! n(Ed)]
Apologies to Harry and Craig for being a little tardy with this posting.
First Cut opened a week ago at the BVRG – one of those fabulous exhibitions that’s deeply satisfying on so many different levels, not the least being the quality of the work. It’s a grown-up show, for art lovers with a mature appreciation of contemporary practice (ie probably not for the chocolate box brigade.) Make an effort to check it out in the flesh if you can – well worth the drive.
Opening snaps here.
Meanwhile, the hang itself…
In 2009 the Bega Valley Regional Gallery became a Patron of the Australian National University’s annual Emerging Artist Scholarship Scheme (EASS); a program that provides support for meritorious graduates from across the breadth of the school’s visual arts disciplines. The patronage takes many forms – from acquisition by prestigious corporate collections, to travelling scholarships (from the Spanish Embassy, for instance), to exhibition opportunities (as in this case) at appropriate regional venues.
Young graduating sculptor Harry Townsend was a clear standout in the class of 2010; his work so preternaturally familiar, with an inherent primeval sensibility that intuitively connects with the viewer. There’s a maturity in his work that belies his emerging status, a wonderful feeling for materials and process, an eye for the idiosyncrasies of his chosen/gathered elements.
In this he is the perfect visual foil for Craig Cameron. Both artists approach their work in an extraordinarily similar way – seriously tooled up, painting and scraping and carving and torching – in a purely gestural response to their respective individual conceptual intent. Craig Cameron was the winner of the Bega Valley Art Award in 2008 and (twice) a finalist in the Far South Coast Living Artist Scholarship Project. He is long overdue a greater measure of public exposure. He is the classic artist’s artist – his work uncompromisingly ‘guttural’; a marvellous amalgam of the likes of Mike Parr, Jackson Pollock and Tony Tuckson – abstract expressionism with a satisfyingly nihilistic edge.
Ya gotta love a son-in-law who hires the Elephant Bus to pick you up from the airport..
…to drive you in solitary, air conditioned comfort through Rangoon…
…and whet ya whistle with your favourite bubbles…
…and, over the next couple of days, take you to all your fave haunts…
…even sniffing out a glass factory as a surprise treat…
…before putting you on the plane for Bagan and Sammy Jo. We loves that boy.
Funkee monkee – studio glass is celebrating big time this year…
What fun – fabulous.
Thanks for the link, Nige.
[…who’d have thunk they’d have kept ’em! Hilarious. n(Ed)]
Amazing – check out this newspaper clipping from a local Myanmar rag (Iain kept it for us.)
It’s from last year’s trip (Sammy Jo and Iain on Inle Lake, one of Megsie’s snaps) downloaded from the bloggo…
At least they give proper attribution. What a hoot.
Harry Townsend arrived at the BVRG last Tuesday with his incoming work for his exhibition, First Cut, with Craig Cameron. Not exceptional in itself per se, except that he had a couple of sheilas in tow to unpack his work. What a class act!!
Most impressive. He’ll go a long way we reckon.
Hang and opening to come.
…who’d of thunk?
Just when we were despairing of there ever being anywhere to eat (except Uma’s at Pambula) Pete and Ainslie at the Wyndham General Store have opened a restaurant – complete with bone fide chef!! Saturday was our first opportunity to give it a run and we were exclaiming so much over everything that we didn’t remember to take a snap until the pudd came…
All rather sweet, not over fancy (as in pretentious) and you can’t go wrong (from Megsie’s point of view) when you’re talking local oysters and duck. Yummy.
Looks like a return visit, toot sweet, to try those sticky lamb shanks…
The Gang dropped by Peter Dunne’s studio on Saturday to check out Megsie’s portrait – all done bar the tweaking. Kinda cute…especially the parrot!
We rather fancy this…
Views of ‘WATER’, 2012. It is the first of a series of wind powered kinetic works. Glass & steel. 3000 mm long. First shown at the Palmer Sculpture Exhibition, Palmer, South Australia.
The work was inspired by seeing the seemingly bottomless pale blue pools in the thermal area of Iceland. The Palmer area is noticeably a low rainfall landscape subject to virtually continuous wind. This fed the inspiration as the work developed.
Excuse the French, but we hope they sought Timmy’s permission…
Goodness gracious, what next?
[Wonder if they factored in the ‘ugly blister’ element of the title? n(Ed)]