The international exhibition of Sherlock Homes @ Powerhouse Museum Sydney

Until October 8

In my six decades of life I do not think Sherlock has been absent from any of those. This exhibition at the Powerhouse is a testament to the multi layered phenomenon that flows from the Arthur Conan Doyle character

The exhibition has wonderful stage sets, ephemera, inter-actives, puzzles to solve and heaps of fascinating text. I loved the complexity of the experience. Grandparents were competing with primary school children to solve mysteries and get their sheets stamped. Lots of people were having fun experiences with the many interactive exhibition elements. People like me followed the museum richness of the space which includes vast amounts of the historical expressions of this phenomena including the many forms of comics, other languages, pottery representations, typed manuscripts and heaps of other fascinating stuff.

The whole exhibition is done in low light and the experience was increased by the constant presence of the hubub of people of all ages.

Some images below give a sense of what the experience is like

They blew up the hospital I was born In – Dean Cross @ Photoaccess

22 June – 16 July 2017

Some exhibitions make a remarkable point with few objects. Dean Cross memorialised the demolition of the Canberra Hospital with basically four objects – one was a door covered with stickers another another was a collection of steel reinforcing rods and there were an antique set of upholstered chairs. The starkness of the objects drew you into the destruction.

Pics and gallery sheet below

Precision: CMAG survey equipment @ CMAG Gallery

13 May – 20 August 2017

A museum is commissioned to curate, preserve and display artifacts of history. There is a small set of surveying instruments from the early exploration of the Canberra Districts on display at Canberra Museum and Gallery now.

There is an interest in these objects that is purely technical and scientific. On another hand I found them beautiful in their careful integration of wood craft skills and very attractive creativity in brass and other metals. I am sure some people observe these exhibits from either perspective but they are attractive from both.

Gallery page and pics below

Object Therapy @ Hotel Hotel

This is a catch up post on an exhibition we went to in October 2016. In the foyer of the Nishi complex of Hotel Hotel. On display there were a delightful collection of made and fixed much loved objects. There were toys, ornaments and household items that have been changed, transformed into attractive  objects.

Below is a well developed article from the hotel website on the exhibition and then some pics.

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Ray Edmondson @ Canberra Museum and Gallery

This is a small cabinet exhibition in the space leading up to the Collections Gallery at CMAG. It is a charming collection of artifacts hat came into the possession of Ray Edmondson during his work with Memory of the World activities he was involved in in Asia. The artifacts range from beautiful inlaid Japanese lacquer panels to beautiful documents in elegantly executed calligraphy. The display is a personal add-on to the larger Memory of the World exhibition in the main gallery.

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Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who @ Canberra Museum and Gallery

16 Jul 2016—20 Nov 2016

Dr Who is a phenomenon that has survived for 50 years. Beginning with  a TV programme that was built with amateurish sets and thin plots the global fan base grew and transformed as the TV shows grew more sophisticated the Dr character moved through a succession of lead actors.

There is a massive global fan base and Canberra is blessed right now with an exhibition of a very hight.

Below are some pics

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Encyclopedia of Forgotten Things @ Belconnen Arts Centre

22 July – 14 August 2016

An exhibition from the University of Canberra Faculty of Arts and Design

“This looks just like my shed.” was the great comment of a bloke as we both stood absorbing an artwork on the floor that consisted of car parts and other metal objects laid out on Belconnen suburb block and section maps.

This exhibition ranges through many worlds in which forgotten things can be woven into art to help us reflect on our relationship with objects and our parts. In case we forget the Tampa incident three artists have collaborated to create confronting work that uses a ship, coloured strips of type script and egg shells to tell a story of sadness but particularly fragility of humans under threat.

Art engages and challenges when it is at its best.Several of the works in this set do that in great ways.I have included some pics and gallery sheets below.

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