So much as been happening that I have been incredibly slack on the blogging front. I have seen a lot of art, been out and about a lot (for me) and have had an incredible banquet of ‘food for thought’. More prosaically I started ukulele lessons (woohoo) and as it seems spring is on the way so thought I’d better do some pruning and gardening.
Last week was a week of McCahon and Brasch. Managed to get to Peter Simpson’s excellent lecture on the relationship between Charles Brasch and Colin McCahon. A good opportunity to see a few images I hadn’t before but also to chat to a few people and note that there are an inordinate amount of men with goatee beards and glasses there. I took 8 pages of notes but being there was the thing. Later in the week I raced to the Hocken library on a Saturday morning (‘sorry officer I am trying to get to an exhibition before the gallery closes at noon’) to see a showing of Brasch’s private art collection as donated to the Hocken collection. The McCahon pieces that stood out for me were a pen and ink wash three Marys at the Tomb, a 1949 Crucifixion and Nelson Hills 3. The later was amazing and for once you could get super close to see the work, its layers and brushstrokes.
Following on from that I had a Dunedin Public Art Gallery(DPAG) week. A great meeting regarding some research I am doing and many many more topics and then an informal opening for Joanna Langford’s “The Landless” installation on Friday night. The opening was a bit of culture shock. The installation was ok. Using the “What is the artist trying to do? Do they achieve it?” way of looking at art, I come up with a ‘maybe’. I found the artist’s installation in the Rear Window space on Moray Place much more successful. As usual though ‘what do I know?’
As for culture shock – it was good to meet some longtime e-correspondent arts people and lots of new ones. I had a big blog post written in my head about it all, regarding touring the art cages and young artists, but really it comes down to the fact that I am an observer not a participant. There were a few who I’d love to talk way more with (and a few I wouldn’t). I think this cartoon sums it up best.
HatTip to Blackwattle Boy for pointing out the cartoon to me.
Finally I did a very quick studio visit but I want to write more on that! It deserves a separate post.