Last Friday’s culture round in the ‘Berra: Part Uno…

(above) Slim’s portrait of the silver budgie himself, Bob Hawke (relief, illuminated)


The Gang had a cracker round of openings last Friday, though we decided to limit ourselves to two – less is more, after all – one mustn’t hurry the social aspect of the evening too much, chaps…

Our first port of call was ArtWranglers ‘At Home’ salon for Slim Barrie’s latest work; featuring all manner of goodies from drawing to sculpture to ‘relief’ portraiture. The only disappointment being the absence of Slim himself. But never mind there’ll always be a next time (as our old Granny used to say.) And there was a consolation prize! Nige had an edition of his latest readymade lined up in the foyer for a lucky few earlybirds, which was a rather nice surprise. (Could become the Gang’s new weapon of choice, wethinks.)



                            Slim Barrie, Untitled relief  (illuminated)


There was a lovely bunch of arts aristos on hand, including our all time fave photomedia artist William Yang – who of course is in town for Vivid: the National Photography Festival. 

Though we must say that the numbers were unusually down (at both ArtWranglers and Helen Maxwell’s, our second stop) – surely not because of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games…!!??!!  We fear so. But wouldn’t you think that the arty farty classes would’ve figured out how to record stuff from the telly by now…if they’ve got to watch it at all. (We’re still staunchly maintaining our conscientious objection to what’s turned into the Gulag Games…)

For snaps of the faithful go here.

Slim’s latest foray into art glass…(By George, he’s got it!!!)


Dear old Slim’s been at it again – as in mounting incursions into sacred(!) glass territory (see earlier post)

He’s the featured artist in the next ArtWranglers’ soiree on August 8th (which we’re really looking forward to) and he’s also been included in the Campbelltown Art Gallery’s big international show of outsider art (opening August 30th.) More info and snaps as they come to hand…

Bricolage Central


Einar (left) and Jamex de la Torre with Slim in Canberra

We have delved into the album to share another special moment – the historic encounter of those masters of assemblage, the fabulous de la Torre brothers and our favourite outsider artist Slim Barrie. Slim’s overnight stay with Nigel enroute to his Sydney exhibition last year coincided with the madcap Mexicans’ visiting-artist residency at the ANU School of Art Glass Workshop. And given that Slim had recently added ‘found glass’ to his repertoire, getting them together was too good an opportunity to miss. Dear old Slim, dapper as ever, undoubtably found the heat in the hotshop a little taxing (especially given that it was summer) but he soldiered on regardless.

By the way – for those who may have been anxious on Slim’s behalf – he was spared the worst during last week’s flooding in his hometown of Lakes Entrance. He lives, thank goodness, on elevated ground.