Ranamok 2012…

16 08 2012

…and the winner is…

 

 

Can’t say that we were all that keen on it – way too daggy for ours (we love her cakes and flummeries on the other hand, too yummy for words.)

It was a mixed bag as per usual; plenty of woofers interspersed with some seriously good work. It was hard to go past Evelyn Dunstan’s exquisitely delicate lost wax cast (in one)piece…

 

 

…absolutely breathtaking. She won a couple of year’s ago but deserved to pick it up again we reckon.

We were prepared to be impressed with the loop weave dilibags – as in, wow, that sheila’s come a long way, in veritable leaps and bounds – until the artist fessed up that she hadn’t actually made them, only ‘designed’ them. After all, she explained, it would take 20 years to become as good a blower as Tom. Er, quite – our very point. [And actually she ought to be able to knock them over, one would think, with an undergraduate course at the ANU. Sign up, that’s our advice, if you truly think that it’s your métier. n(Ed)]

No disrespect, but we were kinda shocked. This is a competition, after all. Predicated on skill and innovative technique (…supposedly).

Here’s the rest of the field, for those who haven’t seen it. Was it worth the drive…well, the jury’s still out on that one. But we did at least catch up with some of our fave peeps…

 

 

…and scored the added bonus of swinging by the Design ed 2 exhibition at the ANU School of Art Gallery. That super sexy couch by Jon Goulder alone was worth the trip…

 

 

General mugshots, design-o-rama and the evening’s glass eye candy (or not, as the case may be!!) here.





Pony Express…

13 08 2012

This last week has brought a couple of serious treats – first a visit from Hilary, who dropped in for some quality gaol time  (no snaps, too much yakking – an oversight we’ll attempt to redress at the Ranomok on Wednesday.)

And then, in the mail…

 

 

…arrived what very well might turn out to be the glass publication of the year…

 

 

…from Debster, Leader of the Free Glass World.

This sweet little booklet is an almost poetic compilation of memories/photo montage spanning the decade and a half that represents the sum of the life of one of Adelaide’s best loved indie glass studios, The Blue Pony.

 

 

What a perfect souvenir of the time and the place and the energy.

We devoured it immediately. Sooo Pony.

Never ever even faintly try-hard.

 

 

Oh how it makes one sigh for what might have been. Before love’s labour was lost in Canberra.

Before all those years of hope and vision – spent tirelessly massaging working paper after working paper through the lower duodenum of local government by the early cadre of the faithful (Lienors et al )  – were wiped out by the untimely death of Stephen and the subsequent demise of Camelot.

In contrast to the Pony, the Glassworks reads more like some phantasmogoric off-Broadway production.  Shades of Macbeth and Cuckoo’s Nest. No accommodating access studio/empathetic meeting of the minds here, more’s the pity. Just the cold bastard child of a Corning-Tecoma wannabe mentality.  The wellbeing and best interests of the majority carelessly sacrificed to the ambitions of the few.

Ah well, what can ya do?

There’s been a quiet stirring in the backwoods, we hear.

Whispers of Indie Glass Inc…

Let’s hope the plot thickens.

[Thanks Debster – we adored the book.  All class.  And it’s a timely reminder of what’s really important in the broader scheme of things. n(Ed)]





Vale Robert Hughes…

13 08 2012

Way late, we know, but we’ve only just found time to stop and really think about it.

 

 

Another hero bites the dust.

 

 

Oh how we’ll miss his extraordinary perspicacity.





August catch-up…

12 08 2012

Goodness, we’re nearly at the half-way mark through August and we’ve not yet spread any of the love….better late than never, so here’s a bit of a job lot…

First up, Jas biz…

 

Mark Gerada

now showing

jas hugonnet gallery www.hugonnet.com.au

mediarelease

Mark Gerada is a multi-disciplinary practitioner who lives and works in the mountains west of Sydney. He is a painter, illustrator and teacher with a background in architecture, ceramics and design. He has exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Brussels, China and Malta.

In this selection of works Gerada demonstrates his ability to combine abstraction and mixed media. Through the application and layering of media he creates space within the picture plane.

His dynamic brushwork evokes the act of painting where the subtle use texture creates depth.

To arrange an appointment to view or for media images, please call 0417 235 916 or contact the gallery via the website.

Image: Mark Gerada  Glamaig 2,  Acrylic on Canvas, 90 x 60cm

And then there was Nigel’s starring role at Heidi

 

[We love that work Nige – super, super cool. We can feel a re-emergence coming on.

n(Ed)]

And then there was the fabbo snap sent around work by one of the Rangers…

 

 

…which shot us straight down memory lane to Rose Montebello’s wonderful Knot…

 

 

And then there were last week’s highlights – like another circulated work pic of winter on the Brown…

 

 

And news of Alex’s upcoming show, opening this coming Thursday night (16th August) at Beaver…

 

Be still our beating heart  – we love Alex’s work. If Megsie manages to shrug off her current state (flu-blown) and make it across the Monaro for the Ranamok on Wednesday, the Gang may well manage to swing into the Beaver as well. Joy. (Just a reminder to our American friends that Beaver is the name of a gallery in Canberra…)