Monday, 30 September 2013

Urban landscape-that view I love

Up the Hill to Earlwood-Acrylic on canvas

This painting was done years and years ago by me.  It's a view that I used to drive nearly every day when taking my daughter to school.  I always loved the view although it was hard to concentrate on looking at it as I had to really press on the accelerator in order to maintain speed climbing up the hill.  This week I am revisiting this view using a pen.  I found some old photos which I used for reference.

Up the hill to Earlwood-Pen
Up the Hill to Earlwood #2-Pen

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys

At the White Rabbit gallery there are a couple of paintings that are about Joseph Beuys coyote performance in New York years ago.  This reminded me of a seeing Beuys work in the 1980s at the National Gallery in Canberra.  I was fascinated at that time when I read the story behind the art.  Joseph Beuys is a German artist who while a member of a combat bomber in WW2 was shot down.  He told a story about being catapulted through the plane window and was found days later by nomadic Tartars.  They rubbed him in fat and wrapped him in felt in order to warm him up and treat his exposure and injuries.  That was the art work was about- fat, felt, earth and blood.

I found out recently that that didn't happen at all.  It was just a story...eyewitnesses say that Beuys was brought to a military hospital where he stayed for 3 weeks.  He had been recovered by a German search commando and there were no Tartars in the village at that time.

Does it matter that the event didn't happen?
I thinks that it's kind of more interesting that it didn't occur and all that art work resulted.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

String Theory

I love these sculptures by the Tjanpi Desert weavers in the exhibition entitled "String Theory". They are human size or a little smaller and look very dramatic in the dark room where they are spot lit.  They are made out of a variety of materials including feathers, wire and string.
  This show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney brings together over 30 Aboriginal artists and artist groups from across Australia. There are paintings, prints, baskets, dolls, installations, fishing nets, fish traps, photography and more all in the theme of string.  

 One of the great things about going to the Museum of Contemporary Art is the location, right at the heart of the city, at Circular Quay.  There is a cafĂ© on the top floor with magnificent views.  Here are a couple of snaps taken today post BLT sandwich.