Thursday, 28 November 2013

Beauty is fleeting

Lilies, ink by me

 Beauty is fleeting and flowers are a metaphor for this.  They are extraordinarily beautiful and with time they are ready for the compost, petals have fallen and stems are rotting.  The drawing above shows white and pink lilies looking pretty good and today the painting below shows them nearly at their end.

Lilies, gouache  and ink on statistic paper by me

Monday, 18 November 2013

Yoko Ono

It is pretty thrilling to have Yoko Ono in Sydney right now.  She is here to speak at the Opera House and also to open her survey exhibition, entitled War is Over (if you want it) at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. The exhibition which runs until Feb 23, 2014 encompasses sculpture, installation, film and performance.

Much of the show is participatory.  This maze is made out of acrylic or glass and at the centre is a telephone with the words "if the phone rings you know it is me".  Unfortunately the phone didn't ring when I was in there but it had rung the day before.  There weren't any members of the public there at the time but a gallery staff person answered the phone and was very pleased to say hello to Yoko.

This installation is made out of helmets filled with puzzle pieces of a sky.  This relates to Yoko's childhood when she witnessed the atomic bomb falling on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  She was a young girl at the time and she and her siblings were sent to the countryside for their own safety. The children spent a great deal of time looking at the sky and the sky has been an ongoing theme in Yoko's work.  The public are invited to take a puzzle piece from the helmets.

This exhibition includes Yoko's work from the 1960's up until artwork from the 2000's.  It also includes pieces done for Australia and this particular show.  One of these is 6 lemon scented eucalyptus trees plus tags that viewers are encouraged to affix to the branches. This piece recalls the Shinto temple trees of Yoko's childhood.


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Okay a couple more dancing drawings, I can't help myself

 I continue to be interested in dancing drawings but maybe this will be the last for a while.  When looking at the old photos the background goings on were also fascinating.  I like the line that goes up behind the Queen's picture, likely the electric cord for the clock which would have hung above, out of sight.  The master of ceremonies and the judge behind with her fur collar are also great fun to see.

Ink and collage as well as tea staining

Girls dancing, pencil and collage of topographical maps from Canada

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Sculpture by the Sea

Coast with sculpture entitled Polyrock by Bev Goodwin

Sculptures by the Sea is an annual sculpture show in Sydney which runs for a very short 3 weeks until November 10.  The sculptures sit along the coast between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach . There are over 100 sculptures by artists from all over the world.  It is a wonderful experience to walk along the coastline and to see all those wonderful artworks is even better. If you have a chance please go.

Kirsten Lewis, Concealed Craft

Vince Vozzo, Moon Buddha
Carole Purnelle and Nuno Maya, Plastic World

Ken Unsworth, There's many a slip

view of  part of the walk

David McCracken, Diminish and Ascent
Chen Wenling, Rainbow
Qian Sihua, Bubble number 5

Lucy Humphrey, Horizon