Ben Quilty @ Drill Hall Gallery

I have seen lots of Quilty’s work on TV and in other galleries including the Archibald Prize winning one of Margaret Ollie. The current exhibition at the Drill Hall Gallery includes a wonderful range of his styles.  I was amazed at the scale of many of the works. He has done a remarkable grand scale Van Gerhard landscape scene in his grand knife driven productions. Quilty has a real sense of fun in lots of his work. One of the paintings titled The Lot is a beleivable messy representation of a hamburger. We are surrounded by wax covered over coloured pristine fast food versions of the hamburger. it was wonderful to encounter a messy representation that was closer to the real experience of eating a hamburger.
Qulity has a set of Rorshach style paintings where it looks like he has painted one half and folded the other half over and pressed it on the other then separated them. A large one on exhibition has this extraordinary mirrored mature euchalypt trees – the fun element of the image is that having created this powerful Australian landscape he superimposes on to the scene a 2D cartoon character standing spreadeagled stick figure over the top.
The Drill hall has a great habit of releasing a gallery sheet and has a nice selection of books available on past exhibitors.

Conroy, Adair, Sarsfield, and Thomas @ M16 Art Space

A recent exhibition at the M16 Art Space ws delightful in its range and strikingness.

The first artist you encountered was Dorte Conroy’s Folds. This was an almost childlike set of constructions made of brightly coloured timber in many shadow catching forms that look folded. The intriguing feature of these works was the way they changed with movement because the angles look different and the colour mixes change as you moved and the shadows changed.
The second artist you encountered was S A Adair. Her displayed work was mono colour felt shapes on white walls. The shapes are striking and such a simple fabric creates the sense at times that the work is spreading across the wall.
The third artist you encounter is Tracey Sarsfield and her work is is created from fibreglass, resin, auto paint and vinyl. The work titled Rapt/Wrapped pictured below is fun and intense. I included two shots of it among the phone pics below so you can get the idea of this one.
The fourth artist is Andy Thomas displayed in the dark room at the end. Had a set of remarkable back lit images
The fifth set of materials were the series of works from the Hands on Studio called ARt of Nature. There were several attractive works in this group made entirely of natural materials while most of the other works had a focus on thinks in nature.27102013(022)





Sculpture in the paddock @ Cooma Cottage nr Yass

There is something special about sculpture in uncultivated open air sites. A highlight of Classic Yass was a rural take on Sculptures by the sea – Sculptures in a paddock. Laid out in a field on the way down to Cooma Cottage near Yass were a large collection of delightful sculptures surrounded by long dry grass and gum trees. The curators had mowed paths in the grass and laid out the objects in a walk around configuration for the visitors.
There were wonderful metal works and lots of wood and pottery. We found ourselves amused by a delightful hawk chasing some chooks with both the bird and the chooks were made out of cast iron objects like spanners and lots of mower blades in a delightful untreated rusty look. I have included a few pics to give you a taste.







Car Collector Festival @ Yass

It is an amazing experience to be around people who like to own and foster cars of previous eras. I have no interest in doing it myself but they are a special breed and wonderful to talk to.

The creativity embedded into cars has always been fascinating. All cars have the same requirements ie four wheels, doors lots of glass to see out of, housing for a motor and luggage yet there are limitless designs with themes that reflect eras and brand types.
At Classic Yass in early November over a hundred cars were on display in a green well treed park off the main street. They included vehicles ranging from the early 1900s through every decade to the present. All of them were beautifully restored and were attended by highly committed very interesting people. There were commercial vehicles, sports and muscle cars, developing family cars and lots of classic marques.
The colour schemes, the changing sizes and the moving from small to large and back again was fascinating to track.
I have attached a few of my favourites:





Ellipsis @ ANCA Gallery

An exhibition I enjoyed at the ANCA Gallery was titled Ellipsis. It was four photographer artists with a focus on more abstract representations of reality Natalie Azzopardi, Holly Granville-Edge, Katherine Griffiths and Amy McGregor were the contributors. Each artist created pictures usually of real objects taken in a way that removed them from their standard context. The shot on one of the advertising cards embodied the sets well. It was an upended waffle cone in melting pink ice cream on a pebble-crete path. Many of the pictures had that thought provoking desire to look beyond the picture that so many good photos have.

Sculpture by the sea @ Bondi

Today I went to Sculpture by the sea @ Bondi. It was remarkable on many levels. The sculptures were creative, varied and  engaging. They ranged from the funny to the awe inspiring to the very ordinary. That was among the outside sculptures. In the park at the end of Fletcher Street where there were a collection of 20 sculptures there was also a large marquee with lots of small works laid out for our perusal.  Many of those were by the artists out on the cliff faces. The whole event was a creative overload for me as a first timer.

The logistics of the event for an outsider were daunting.  We are sixty year olds and we had our nearly two year old grand daughter with us in a stroller. We arrived as late as 9.30am and the place was seriously humming.  We drove through lots of back streets and could not find a park so we ended up down just off the beach front at Bondi..We then had to walk up to the start of the coast walk and then scale lots of very crowded paths and stone stairways ending up at the path at the end of Fletcher Street. I left the gang there and went to get the car closer which I did with difficulty and returned to the park. When we were done we returned to the choked roads out of there and eventually got back to Randwick.after a hot tiring event.

I have grown to love sculpture over the years and this was no different.The sculpture was wonderful. In the park overlooking the sea there were two works side by side. One was a collection of drift wood pieces tied together into large bowl like structures i a setting surrounded by shrubbery. Next to it was a large circular stainless steel tube perfectly burnished into mirror like shininess inside and gray almost lead like surface on the outside.  I could walk through it but the shape inside made it reflect the sea and the sky beyond as you looked through. The contrast between the all natural timber and the burnished stainless steel was remarkable.

I am not going to rave on. I did not take any pictures but there is a great website with heaps of good pictures of the works if you cant get to the exhibition.