First up!

 

First up!

It’s already February! And although I haven’t blogged about art I have been out there watching despite the relative lethargy in the art scene at this time of year. Making the major galleries a destination of choice is favourable during the summer season. Blockbusters and air conditioning make a winning combination. Having said that I still struggled to get to Sydney, so missed the “art from the Tate” exhibition. Hmmm so much art and so little time.

Gosford Regional Gallery exhibited The National Portrait Gallery travelling exhibition, “Bare: Degrees of undress”. I came away from the exhibition relatively unmoved. Of course there were some great images but nothing stimulating. “Behind the Lines” offered 2016’s best of political cartoons which encouraged a chuckle from me, in particular an  Abbott/Trump skit. Both exhibitions finished end of January.

Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia 1978 (printed 2010)                                                       by Rennie Ellis                                                                                                                                                     gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned.  

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Cartoonist: Matt Golding                                                                                                                                 Trump                                                                                                                                                                     The Sunday Age 11 December 2015

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I’m familiar with Tanya Matas’s work and her latest exhibition at Timeless Textiles doesn’t disappoint. I particularly liked the images of children where with minimum stitches she describes their innocence and vulnerability perfectly. Also the exhibtion of mother and daughters Me, myself and I  by Kelcie Bryant-Duguid and  Keziah and Mckenzie Duguid is wonderful. I particularly enjoyed Kelcie’s work where there was a freedom to explore materials that appealed to me. Both exhibitions close 12th Feb.

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I managed to duck into The Lock-Up also and saw Andrew Styan’s installation titled Life Support System. In that moment where I sat and contemplated the rhythmic inflation of the giant balloons I was made aware of my own breathing. The analogy of the three great forces being nature, humanity and economics is intriguing. All chaotic and overwhelming and ferocious. It’s a comparison that is curious to contemplate. This exhibition has ended.

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The cluttered wall of art on the ground floor of The Newcastle Art Gallery has a number of gems. This is an exhibition of their acquisitions and it’s great to see we have a quality collection. Shame we can’t get a bigger gallery.

 

I’m off to Sydney on the weekend (exactly one week too late to see the Tate exhibition but one cannot plan these things) and looking forward to what’s on offer. Have a great week. Cheers!

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