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Back in January, David Bowie died. There was an outpouring of grief and many, many think pieces, tributes etc., that I didn’t feel I could add anything. This loss hit me hard and quite unexpectedly. I was not a “fan” although I was of an age to have been very enthusiastic about Let’s Dance in the 80s, but before and after he was mostly background music.

The thing is, when the back catalogue was played over and over in January, I knew all the songs and most of the words. The visual imagery surrounding Bowie was as familiar as the family album. In going through my vinyl (kept in a box in the basement) I found this – a relic from my older brothers I guess.

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Bowie was part of my whole life, I was born the year of one of his biggest hits. He (and his music) was always THERE. While I was the sort of person who eschewed “pop”, I was very fond of his movies particularly Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence and The Hunger. I knew him through his work with Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. In fact when he released “Tonight” in 1984, I already knew it from Pop and those instantly recognisable backing vocals which can also be heard on Lou Reed’s Satellite of Love.

I hadn’t heard Blackstar when news of Bowie’s death came out but I agree with many others that it was a startling end point. I still wonder where the fuck did Monday go.

I suppose I have nothing new to say. I still feel a loss, a gap where Bowie was and now isn’t. We all had our own version of the mercurial Bowie, and we still have the music. However I am amazed at the pervasiveness of his influence. Although he …isn’t here, we will still find him in unexpected places.

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Paint mixer at Resene, Dunedin (Jan 2016)                                                           Paint Colour “Bowie” Resene Paints




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December Quiz

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Mt Stupid

This is pretty much why I don’t write about art so much these days. I realised I was speaking from the top of Mount Stupid. So many mistakes…..

Stolen from CMBC comics

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Quantum of Solace

“…when the ‘Quantum of Solace’ drops to zero, humanity and consideration of one human for another is gone.” (Ian Fleming)

I have written before about Comfort Art and I have been finding solace in art of late. There is a pretty substantial art collection where I work. My new job (as with any new job I guess) is pretty stressful at times. Luckily I get to ‘decompress’ on my way home as I pass various works; nearly every day I pass Robin white’s large ‘Seven Hills’ for example. If only I could take a break now and again and instead of (or as well as) getting a coffee* just ‘go down to look at the Hoteres’ …but perhaps then they really would think I am mad

A comment from David Cauchi on my Comfort Art post quoted Matisse…

It is my dream to create an art which is filled with balance, purity and calmness, freed from a subject matter that is disconcerting or too attention-seeking. In my paintings, I wish to create a spiritual remedy, similar to a comfortable armchair which provides rest from physical expectation for the spiritually working, the businessman as well as the artist.”

Job done guys…job well done

* The Dispensary makes AWESOME coffee especially the if the barista you can see in the photos here is about.

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