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

May – Jun: Vivid festival

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

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

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

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?

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  • In my city we have one public art gallery and the exhibits there are smallish. We have lots of private galleries which have tiny shows, but I find it difficult to make myself go for a short experience by one unfamiliar artist. I wish I were close enough to pop in after work.

    Your gallery looks marvellous. Of the student works, my favourite was the three heads by the 17 year old – they really distilled the lines down to the most essential, and the faces were still (even more) expressive. I would have liked to see the lunar landscapes. And I liked the thread/loose thread/sewing one, maybe because I am a big fan of textiles in art, and I like the way the tiny panels on the left complement the big piece.

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    • You touch on something so true about art – different things appeal to different people. I’m glad you enjoyed the textiles! The heads were pretty amazing – I reckon he has a very promising career in art if he choses. I wish I’d got better photos of the lunar landscapes, they were impressive in their detail.

      Where I was living was heavy on small galleries, but I find them a little intimidating – with an audience of one and a sense of not knowing what to say or do! So I like the bigger galleries like this one.

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  • Love this post so much, Sarah! Sydney has such rich cultural experiences and a really distinctive style of its own. Love all these photos! And I love that you’re meeting Lucinda!!! I have had so much trouble with internet connection (and been away from home so much) that I can’t find thexemail when you said you’re coming to Melbourne. Was it next weekend?

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    • Our little blog world is becoming real life friends – it’s exciting! Yes it’s this coming weekend.

      I read another blog where they post art and similar, so I was heartened by them to share my loves and dislikes and share them here… 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it.

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