Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Details from - 'Priority species (Moreton Bay)', 'Life on the edge - citizen science', 'What does green mean?' - all 2013, Nicola Moss. Courtesy of SGAR.
In the last couple of weeks I've been finishing the artworks for my upcoming exhibition - With or without. It's a good feeling - to see completion of a project and the resulting body of work. The exhibition is still a couple of months away, opening on Friday 1st November at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland. I'll be looking forward to seeing all the works installed and hearing some viewers thoughts. The RAG exhibition program, July to December, is now available on-line, you can check it out here (2MB).
With or without presents a series of hand cut paper and installation works that look at two components of the sustainability conundrum - waste management and biodiversity conservation. I've focused on our everyday activities, questioning the choices we can make - what can we live with or without?
Invitations and more details coming soon.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Above is one specimen of stone from the collection of Roger Caillois, born in France in 1913. The stone slices are displayed in lightbox style cabinets at the biennale, illuminating the beautiful colours and forms within. The collection consisting of well over 100 rare specimens is now held in the Museum National d' Histoire Naturelle in Paris.
Simon Ma's sculptural work 'Dancing Waterdrops' 2013, is a highly polished steel mirror-like surface reflecting the earthy, rustic surrounds of the Conservatorio di Musica. This lovely melding of surface and light sat peacefully within one of the buildings internal courtyards with the intermittent sounds of various classical instruments adding another dimension.
Wade Guyton's large untitled canvases present a subtle surface of monochromatic bands. This detail shows some of the marks and 'errors' resulting from his technique of feeding pre-primed canvas through a printer. Ink pools of irregular shapes and marks throughout the registration create a visually engaging surface. On show in the Arsenale.
Rudolf Stingel on show at Palazzo Grassi, has taken the idea of surface to a whole other level by covering all floor and wall areas within the gallery with his work. Consisting of over 5000 square metres of carpeting printed with the design of an oriental rug. The installation is visually dramatic, with recognition of 'rug' first coming to mind, but when viewed up close the carpet reveals a much more pixelated and abstract pattern. Within the gallery rooms the artist has sparsely hung monochrome oil on canvas paintings over the top of the carpeted walls - some are large abstracts; while another series features smaller more classical figurative works. I really enjoyed this installation, which completely re-interprets the space and relationship between artwork and gallery. On show until 31st December, 2013.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
It has been a wet winter on the Gold Coast this year. The upside of this is watching the garden flourish in greenness...if there is such a word. When I was away for a few weeks the vegie patch was left to fend for itself. And as I have found in the past, it can cope quite well without my attention, plants doing what they do. As long as there is some moisture everything keeps growing, flowering and seeding. I look forward to seeing this transformation when I return from a trip, rather than the incremental day to day subtleties.
So the broccoli that wasn't barely a head before I left, has passed through the cooking pot stage to now be worthy of a vase. With bees buzzing furiously around though, I decided to leave them in the ground for now. The passionfruit crop has ripened and fallen to the ground. Oranges are being devoured from the tree by white cockatoos - they are definitely ready for harvest; and the mulberry tree is ready for pruning. Now I just have to be patient and hold off on the spring seed sowing.