Animal husbandry…

28 10 2011

 

During a lightening raid on the ‘Berra on Monday the Gang swung around past The Country Show at the ANU  School of Art’s Foyer Gallery . Omigod ya gotta love that Simon Scheuerle – nothing quite like a little agricultural-grade fisting, eh?

This ripper show has become a fixture on the annual program, and we look forward to it with great anticipation. So much fun.

 

 

Some of our all-time fave peeps were showing, from Jules Cuerden-Clifford…

 

 

…to Jacqueline Bradley…

 

 

Highlights here.

Last word on the subject goes to Ampersand Duck…

 





Country Show Central…

24 09 2008

Our dear old mate Julie Cuerden-Clifford sent through a couple of snaps from the opening of The Country Show exhibition (held at the ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery recently) which we’d missed, sad to say – though La Gropp had filled us in, painting a marvellous portrait of Jules, centre stage, spun into the guise of the Fairy Floss Fairy! Everybody hopped straight in and started to eat her, apparently – what a wonderful departure from boring old bickies ‘n cheese.

 

 

We’re not sure if the sheep dog was actually doing trials but there was plenty of classic country show action nonetheless; including (prints of) ring events, crotchet-ed cake cosies, knitted vegetables, sundry preserves and a clot of country cookery…all in a class of its own.

 

 

 

It was such a success and so much fun that there’s serious talk of it becoming an annual event (in which case we are sooo going to put in something ourselves next year…)

Thanks Jules ♥♥♥





The exotic other…

8 05 2008

 

While we couldn’t make it to last night’s opening of Nicola Dickson’s show at the ANU School of Art’s Foyer Gallery, we haven’t missed out entirely – Nikki’s kindly treated us to a little taste…

 

 

                               

 

..and a pre-opening peek at the install…

 

       

 

Currently a candidate for PhD in the ANU School of Art’s Postgraduate Program, Nikki’s not long returned from a two week fieldwork trip to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. We can’t wait to see what lusciousness evolves from that…

 

Meanwhile, for the intellectually curious, we’ve dropped in the artist statement below…

‘Other’ Visions 

The term exotic carries with it connotations of foreignness, excitement and an attractive strangeness. The exotic is not an inherent quality found in particular people, objects or places rather it is a particular form of perception that originated in the European mind when confronted with the ‘other’ Pacific or Australasian person, plant, animal, or artefact. Identification of the strange or unusual exotic ‘other’ is made by comparison to things and people that are usual and familiar.  The very strangeness and unfamiliarity of the ‘other’ becomes attractive and desirable.

The cultural lure of the exotic ‘other’ was, and is, a strange, paradoxical blend of the empirical and the fantastic.  This exhibition engages with how assumptions formed concerning the ‘other’ person or artefact from elsewhere were constructed and presented to 18th and 19th century European audiences.  This predominately occurred in the context the natural history museum.  In this period there was no distinction made between specimens of plants, animals, people or their material culture; all were considered revelatory of the diversity found in nature.  Artefacts from ‘elsewhere’ were presented as a fantastic jumble of ‘curiosities’. Factual information was interpreted and inevitably perceived through European conventions and desires.

 

 

 





‘Other Visions’: Nicola Dickson…

3 05 2008

 

Nikki Dickson has an exhibition opening this coming Wednesday at the ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery. Get along if your in the ‘Berra – it only runs for two weeks, so don’t be tardy.

She’s top of the paint pops, in our books. Gorgeous stuff.