Nicky at CMAG…

Already open, but on until December 13, Nicky’s latest exhibition – Close Encounters: the Voyage of Bruni D’Entrecasteaux – is just divine.

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Nicola Dickson, Calao de lîle de Waygiou after Audebert (detail), acrylic and oil on linen
Nicky, meanwhile, has sent through some additional snaps…
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(click to enlarge)
Loving it.
More details hereCatch it if you can.

Chick and Cobi at Fehily Contemporary…

By happy happenstance the Gang’s trip to Melbourne (Granny rehab) coincided with Chick and Cobi’s show, Ascent into Darkness: Culture, faith and ritual: from reverence to repulsion. (And we’re pleased to report that (conceptual aside) there was definitely none of the latter!) Great to see the jump across to the contemporary art scene – amps up the sophistication no end.

Very cool work and it’s fab to see a collaborative project from them; nothing like a bit of ying&yang to crank up the dynamism. Always, of course, with that signature deft subtlety…


Charles Butcher and Cobi Cockburn

 Charles ‘Chick’ Butcher (r) and Cobi Cockburn (l), Set 7, kiln formed glass (Chick’s with wooden frame), 1150 x 950 mm

The work was paired into 8 sets but for the purposes of close-up snaps we took them singly (apologies to Chick and Cobi for the separation.)

Cobi Cockburn

Cobi Cockburn, from Set 2, kiln formed glass

Charles Butcher

Charles ‘Chick’ Butcher, from Set 7, kiln formed glass with timber frame

Cobi Cockburn

Cobi Cockburn, from Set 4, kiln formed glass

Cobi Cockburn

Cobi Cockburn, from Set 1, kiln formed glass

Charles 'Chick' Butcher

Charles ‘Chick’ Butcher, from Set 4, kiln formed glass with timber frame

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Cobi Cockburn, from Set 7, kiln formed glass

The artists

Cobi and Chick

The exhibition is accompanied by the poetic insights of friend and poet MG Michael, all bound together in a very schmick publication. Noice.

Chrissie came along, and loved it big time…


And we ran into Blanchie and Marcus (of course – assiduous opening attendees that they are!)…

Blanche and Marcus


Cracker exhibition, check it out in the flesh if you can. Fehily Contemporary (Collingwood), on until the 31st Oct.

Latest from Jas…

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Philip Alldis: Residue

jas hugonnet gallery is pleased to be showing the work of Philip Alldis. In his current series Alldis explores the footy crowds associated with the 1970’s in relation to ideas of anonymity, image capture and mortality. Key components of the works are the formal aspects; the arrangement of the composition, the darks and lights and the division of space.

The medium for these works is compressed conté on canvas.This chalky medium clings to the warp and weft of the canvas and is then sealed in time by a thin layer of wax. Through this process Alldis softens the divisions between light and dark, where edges dissolve and shapes coalesce.

Upon seeing these works for the first time gallery director Jas Hugonnet stated ‘it seems like the works express a collective yearning where the subjects are facing a similar predicament whilst staring out into the unknown’.

To purchase works or for media images please contact the gallery via the website, or jas hugonnet gallery 0417 235 916

Image: Philip Alldis Residue 2015, conte on Canvas 56 x 56cm


Major excitements for the coming week which, alas, the Gang is going to miss (we’re off to Melbs in the morning to look after Granny post her wrist op.) Our biggest ‘doh!’ comes courtesy of tomorrow’s opening of the swimming season at the Candelo Pool. Serious bummer dudes, can’t believe we’re missing it – not the least because we’re keen to start working off the winter pud. Ah well.

The other goodie will be the opening of Ken + Julia Yonetani’s exhibition, The Last Supper, at the BVRG next Friday night…



It’s a cracker of a show.