Culture & 2017 – starting with ArtExpress

Entering the new year, the only brainwave I had was to attempt to get more cultural experiences.  Things like concerts, art shows and sculpture walks.  Many of these things, I’ve been to some years, and not others.  Like 2016 – I hardly managed to do any of these, so by listing them and calling them out, I hope I’ll get to them!

To help do 12 this year, I wrote a list of what could be done in what months, and this is what I came up with:

Anytime: book talks/launches

Feb to April:
ArtExpress – graduating student art from the past year

March: (here’s my post on the below three)

✔ Book of Morman stage show, here’s a review if you’ve not heard of it. Going to Melb with mum to see it

✔ French Film Festival – Lucinda and I will FINALLY meet and see this

✔ urthboy concert – Aussie hip hop, here’s a youtube link (there’s talk explaining the lyrics, I learnt something!) to them doing it live, with another great Aussie singer Bertie Blackman

✔April: Vera Blue concert at the Factory Theatre

May – Jun: Vivid festival

✔July: Vera Blue concert (again!)

✔July – Oct: Archibald Prize – portraiture prize, amongst others that are shown at the same time.

Sept: Beams Festival – a local light and art festival in Chippendale, the link it to my post when I attended in 2013

Oct: Good Food Month – OK, hardly THAT cultural, but it’s an annual tradition for Dad and I to try somewhere fancy at less fancy prices

Nov: Sculptures by the Sea <- when I went in 2015

Dec: SIA concert

And today, I made it to ArtExpress, after cancelling (on myself) on other weekends when the weather or my inclination weren’t quite right.

 

To my non Aussie readers – you CANNOT fault the location of the Gallery of NSW, traditional sandstone entry nestled in parklands which you can walk on the grass! Lie on it even! Don’t tell the Europeans who forbid this!
How’s that for art – even in the entry flooring!
It’s clear that the Gallery of NSW attempted to have some more traditional elements of it’s European cousins. But this is just some parts of the building.

If you’re done with me selling the architecture, I’ll start on the art…

This piece was about the pressures on young people – housing affordability for example. I found this work got your attention from a distance
The artist was dejected about the ulginess of the medium density housing everywhere, but then took time to look at the key features. I loved how this art reminded me of the style of Jeffrey Smart

I’m starting to notice I have a weakness for very well done hard drawing, and there were a few fantastic examples

These four animals are endangered, which explains the numbers in the top corners
Close up to show detail
Precipice explanation – the art was lovely, but this gave it further dimension
Theres something erry – like they arent QUITE realistic, something similar to dolls
Something about this guy…

The following was a progression, but it was hard to show you the skill, so here’s the leftmost panel:

This felt very Germanic to me
The interconnected panels
I loved how the panels played with different challenges with drawing – perspective. I liked the use of shape and repetition of shapes
This sculptural piece was incredible given it was likely a 17 year old who did this!? I mean, I can see this in a foyer tomoorw, its that mature and commerically ready

Back to hand drawn – this was an AMAZING technique.  The colour and subject meant I looked at this as an after thought, but was astounded and impressed once I did look at it in more detail

Dutch technique
This shows the overall image
Look at that detail – lines! And colour. I just cannot imagine how long you would need to work on this technique. No wonder they were granted a scholarship

The other scholarship winning work wasn’t immediately attractive to me.  But the more I looked, the more I saw the incredible juxtaposition. There was a number of pieces painted/drawn of the artists close people in vunerable positions.  Then these pieces were photographed in public spaces, exploring the idea of street art.

The overall installation
One subject close up
Another subject
In the wild

There were a few features of artworks that, to me, scream ‘STUDENT’ and perhaps on the days I didn’t come, I might have been thinking too much of these more amateur treamtments. For example, the use of thread, loose thread and sewing:

Some trimming needed!
Agh my OCD can’t handle this!

The other treatment I came to dislike, was that of tearing.  I’m sure I saw more than these two, but even still… I just don’t find this a technique you see in much of the traditional and highly priced art:

The last photo also used flowers, in a way I found a bit… blah? Wasn’t the only piece with some flower add ins:

More flowers… hmmm

Lastly, there was an artwork I wasn’t meant to photograph, and even still, it’s impossible to show the technique – then are like lunar landscapes made by various sized pin pricks.  It was mesmerising

I havve some further shots to show how amazing an art gallery can be, in this beautiful city:

What’s your favourite?

2017 Bucket List – getting leaner

My original post from 2013 has seen me really work through getting the things I want to do, DONE! So I’ve also updated my ‘completed Bucket list post‘ So I have decided to republish and deleted some things that no longer seemed like things I wanted to do or buy or achieve.

Fancy! via

I ended up with eight big things, 22 travel related things, and 11 ‘experiences’ – 41 in total. It’s a shorter list than I expected if I’m honest – perhaps I need to find more things to add.

And I did – I updated this post to add another 22 items, a few of which I just did on my recent trip to Europe.   As always, I’d welcome suggestions!

The BIG stuff (8)

Live in NYC
Get married (before the children)
Have children (thinking 3)
A home with a passionfruit vine, a frangipani tree, a magnolia grandiflora… and a vegie patch.
Pay off my mortgage (currently about $250k $125k to go)
Fully fund my retirement
Write my will
Prepay and plan my funeral

Travel (22)

Visit every continent (Completed: Australia, Asia, Europe, Middle East – need South America & Antarctica)

countries (8 6 4)

Visit Cambodia – Jan 2018
Visit The Maldives – Dec 2018 Was going to be family trip, but we changed to Sri Lanka
Visit Mauritius
Visit Croatia – 2019
Visit Iceland – 2017 – 8 posts!
Visit Sweden
Visit Norway – does a day trip from Copenhagen count (2018)?
Visit Finland

2018 update: I’m not sure what appealed about Sweden and Norway, both have been sidelined, and I made my way to Copenhagen!

travel experiences (19 15 13)
1. Go to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro (could do it with the bro in 2014, but alas, I realise I don’t love crowds and big parties, so maybe another time)
2. See Machu Picchu (to think my brother just did this Jan 2014!)

Pretty tulip fields via

3. See Aurora Borealis
4. Visit tulip fields | The Netherlands (April) – 2017
5. Stay in Igloo Village & maybe tick off #3
6. Stay in a tree house (in Europe)
7Visit Oradour-sur-Glane, France – a town annihilated by Germans by torching – 2017

8. Go to the super bowl (early Feb)
9. Go to Burning Man, Black Rock desert, Nevada USA (late Aug/early Sept)
10. Go to (the original) Mardi Gras | New Orleans (mid Feb)
11. Spend Christmas or Thanksgiving | US
12. Fly FIRST class – maybe Emirates where I can shower?

13. Go on a ‘big boat’ style cruise (maybe in retirement, perhaps Caribbean)
14. Walk on a Glacier – 2017
15. Marvel at Plitvice Lakes | Croatia – 2019
16. Watch the Sunset in Santorini | Greece – 2019
17Soak in the Blue Lagoon | Iceland
18. Let Go of a Floating Lantern | Thailand
19. Soak in Pamukkale Hot Springs | Turkey

Activities (24 20.5 15.5)

1. Learn the name and location of all the countries in Africa – 2017 *I’m getting there!
2. Get my palm read/fortune told – 2018
3Watch a movie at a drive in (if they still exist!) – 2017

So quaint – this one no longer exists, but… aww
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4. Swim with dolphins in NATURE (not in Dubai…:s)
5. Go to a silent retreat – 2018 (a singular day)
6. Get body painted for an event
7. Go caving – 2017 and second time in Iceland
8. Be part of a flash mob (thanks Moonwave for the tip!)
9. Build a bonfire and make S’mores – 2018
10. Try kite surfing
11. Try a pottery wheel – 2018
12. Attend a masquerade ball

13. Pick fruit from a tree & make a pie – 2018
14. Stomp grapes
15. Start a fire without matches
16. Use a paddle to bid at an auction
17. Waterski – barefoot and normally!
18. Go snowshoeing
19. Mud wrestle
20. Take a SoulCycle Class
21. Fly in a blimp – not sure this is even possible Dune surfing
22. Ride a unicycle
23. Toboggan – likely with the Northern Lights
24Sleep in a Capsule Hotel – 2017

So to recap, I did the following in 2017

And there’s at least seven ten I’m targeting to achieve in 2017, and  achieved 8.5 !

What’s on your bucket list?