Category Archives: Exploring Ideas: Museums, Galleries, Etc.

The Last Supper – Ken & Julia Yonetani

This fascinating exhibition, at Hazelhurst Gallery & Arts Centre, features a 9 metre long table fully laden with crockery, cutlery, food and platters – all made from salt, including the table and supports. The husband and wife team spent four … Continue reading

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New Weave Exhibition

New Weave – Contemporary approaches to the traditions of weaving. Whilst this was a fairly small exhibition it was well worth the visit to Object: Australian Design Centre as the content was very diverse. The work encompassed knitting, 3D digital … Continue reading

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Exhibition Review – Yoko Ono

WAR IS OVER! IF YOU WANT IT This exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney was 4 years in the planning.  It fills the whole of Level 3, with Wish Tree for Sydney on Level 4 in the … Continue reading

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Ghost Net Art – Science Centre Brisbane

The pieces in this exhibition have been woven from discarded fishing line and ghost nets. So what exactly is a ghost net?  These are nets that have become lost, abandoned or discarded at sea and left to float freely, drifting … Continue reading

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Exquisite Touch Exhibition

A visit to Craft NSW in Sydney at the weekend gave me the opportunity to see this exhibition which covers a variety of skills. I’ve seen the wonderful flameworked glass creations by Penel Bigg several times and they never fail … Continue reading

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NewActon Precinct, Canberra.

In a previous post I showed this artist impression brochure sketch of this new residential and commercial development in New Acton precinct, an area of Canberra. The Nishi building in particular has been designed with sustainability as a major influence … Continue reading

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Exhibitions: Hiromi Tango and Alex Seton

Roughing Out – Alex Seton In this exhibition Alex, known for his marble sculpting, is exploring the process of carving, what is considered to be a completely finished object and the endless loop of production, reiteration and transformation. The picture … Continue reading

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Assignment 3 Stage 2: Workshop 4

Woven Structures In Canberra last week we visited the Nishi NewActon apartment complex and surrounding precinct.  My husband and I own an investment real estate and financing business and frequently check out new and innovative living options for both ourselves … Continue reading

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Canberra Stitches, Craft & Quilt Show

I’ve just had a few days away in Canberra, our beautiful capital city, and found some time to visit the above show.  The quality of the quilt entries was outstanding and the winner of the open section, Jenny Bowker, submitted … Continue reading

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Art on Paper

I’m currently working on knitted nets and was able to visit Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre to view their Art on Paper exhibition which showcases a marvellous full-length knitted gown, amongst some other outstanding pieces. The exhibition shows new … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Smart – Dead at 91

It is with sadness that I learned of the death on Thursday of this great Australian artist in hospital close to his home in Italy. The Australian Financial Review (22-23 June 2013) has the above on the front page with … Continue reading

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OCA Sydney Group – Exhibition Visit

There are four Sydney based OCA Textiles students (that we know about) and we have decided to get together from time to time to create a stronger network.  Each of us come from a very different background and are at … Continue reading

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Vivid Sydney …….. if you missed out.

If you are local and couldn’t get there, if you couldn’t face the crowds or if you are one of those unfortunate people who just live too far away click here for a perfect view of a little of what you missed (way better than my post). Turn your sound system on, nice and loud, and sit back and enjoy.

Thanks for sharing, Michael.

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Vivid Sydney

A night on the town

For 3 weeks Sydney buildings have been transformed into canvases of light. From 6pm each evening the city has lit up with spectacular colour and movement projected onto some of our most iconic landmarks. The highlights include immersive light installations and projections, performances from local and international musicians at the Opera House and public talks and debates from leading global creative thinkers. Sydney is really the happening place, having had the Sydney Writers Festival last month and the annual Sydney Film Festival to also tempt us – and let’s not forget the normal eclectic range of galleries and exhibitions that are running.

So Saturday night we ventured into the City to experience the light shows. First impressions: I have never seen so many people in one place at the same time. Looking down from the railway station parapet I gasped at the sheer volume of bodies. It was a bit scary. Holding tight to my husband we joined the throng and were swept along toward the Opera House. Here are a few of the wonderful images I managed to photograph whilst being jostled by hundreds of others wanting to do the same thing.

VS1VS2VS3VS4VS5Decided to change the camera setting to night mode and see what I got. Now I know why many people had tripods.

VS6Oops! I held the camera as still as possible. Let’s have another go.

VS7OK, not sharp because I really did need a tripod, but great movement effects. We moved on and climbed as high as possible above the crowds onto the Cahill Walkway which I think is the highest point to look down onto Circular Quay unless you are in or on the top of one of the buildings. From the Walkway we could see the top of Customs House across the Expressway.

VS8VS9Shame we couldn’t see the whole thing. Looking back across the water I got a reasonable shot of the Museum of Contemporary Art with the bridge in the background.

VS10Note the crowds and this was a less busy section. As we moved towards any of the main attractions it became more and more dense.

This is just a small sampling of a weird and wonderful experience, if a bit overwhelming at times.

Resources:
http://www.vividsydney.com/about-vivid-sydney/

 

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Art Pop-up.

LB pop-upYesterday my husband and I braved the cold, the rain and the shockingly bad parking in Woollahra to visit an art Pop-up. The shop had become vacant when long-term tenants left before the end of their lease. Having been a clothing retail outlet the railings and cubbys were left behind, along with fitting rooms, desk and table top.

The council, eager not to leave shopfronts empty for any length of time are renting the space for short periods until the building is redeveloped, in several months time. Linda Baranov has taken the opportunity to showcase and sell some of her original art works throughout the month of April.

LB podsLinda and I are both members of ATASDA (Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association) so I know her a little. However both of us are also volunteers for the group and don’t get much time to natter or even to get to know the type of creative work we each prefer. So this was a good opportunity to spend some time learning about her and her art practice.

She is very influenced by trees, grasses, terrain and nature. These pods are an excellent example of her work. She has produced a set of four, all somewhat different but unified through their subject matter. She generously shared her creative process with me and I found that added to my interest in these particular works.

LB Rusting metalWe discussed photography and I quickly realised that she takes hundreds of photos wherever she goes and this has given her a large resource to draw on and adapt for her own purposes. She has travelled throughout Australia (and probably abroad, but we only discussed Australia) and is passionate about the colours, differing landscapes and man-made objects she finds in remote places. The camera continues to click away. She has compiled a wonderful book of some of her photographs and that has given me something to aspire to. She has a keen eye for a good picture and the quality is top-notch.

Her current interest is in sheds and outdoor buildings, especially rusting metals, corrugated iron and other corroded surfaces. The two works pictured above show some of this fascination. A lot more yet to come I’m sure.

All in all, an educational and enjoyable outing. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Linda.

Resources:
Photographs by Claire Brach, reproduced with permission from the artist.

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Road signs – Rosalie Gascoigne

Rosalie Gascoigne 1917- 1999 I first came across this Australian artist on-line whilst researching ideas for my road sign totems.  I wondered about the cut up yellow retro-reflective road signs she had reworked into fragmented and incomprehensible art pieces.  Was … Continue reading

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Neil Frazer Exhibition

Glasshouse Port Macquarie Regional Gallery – Neil Frazer Whilst in Port Macquarie we visited the current Neil Frazer exhibition at the gallery. Some text has been taken and adapted from the catalogue. Drum, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 137 x 137 … Continue reading

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Ausecoart Exhibition

Scott Cardamatis and Joseph Saad work from their Sydney studio producing some original works that represent Australia and its unique plant life, showcasing native seeds and pods.  I have been lucky enough to view some of their work and been … Continue reading

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Anish Kapoor Exhibition

Anish Kapoor Exhibition – Museum of Contemporary Art Much of what I write here will be taken from the exhibition catalogue for the simple reason that I can’t write anything better than they have published or use words more expressively. … Continue reading

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Spiegelworld – EMPIRE

I’m a big fan of the theatre and other performance art and my visit to Spiegelworld was not a disappointment.  The show, entitled EMPIRE,was SPECTACULAR !! The venue itself, a 700 seat marquee, was fascinating.  I’ve been in tents and … Continue reading

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Australian Museum Visit

This course starts with some research required into a source of personal interest and suggests using museum collections amongst other resources.  It goes on to suggest that students may like to arrange viewings of particular collection items with the relevant … Continue reading

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