Posts Tagged ‘Preston’

The internet is all about synchronicity, really. I keep coming across connections. Let me point some out.

My entry including a painting of the Mosgiel Woolen Mills (and swamp) and then getting sent this image by Derek Henderson (definitely “a post industrial vibe“):

Hunty Power Station 2007 by Derek Henderson

Which sort of relates to my entry regarding power and phone poles. I continue to see them in art. Of course the McCahon “power pole” is the Tau cross.  And then I was pointed at a a sketch of lines at Kilbirnie by Gaylene Preston from a 1977 one-off  Victoria University publication. And today I stumbled upon ‘Generated’  which “indirectly pays homage to the humble power pole and pylon and its significance today for providing the energy to electrify our homes and the transmission of visual imagery to our lives.”

Another connection was made today with photographer James Watkins. I particularly like his images of street art in Melbourne and especially love the creative spirit that made someone put up pics from “Where the Wild Things Are”.

Speaking of Wild Things, I got sent info an age ago about artist Phillipa Bentley and I really liked her insect pictures.

Art on Weatherboard: Huhu Beetle – Phillipa Bentley

 “The use of weatherboard started as a play on the old, Kiwi 1950s trend of butterflies on a weatherboard house idea and is an integral part of the work. As this is set in a particular time and place, it led me to developing the artwork as museum boxed collections, archived in a social and historical context, and then layered with other personal references with collage and word.”

Personally I like the fact that the beetle is made from the cover of the well known book “Native Animals of New Zealand” by AWB Powell.

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The ukulele blog

Today we went to a Anything Vintage day at QEII Park. Ok – not much art but I kept thinking of the video I’d just seen of Gaylene Preston’s “War Stories” and Aunty Jean talking about the Marine camp at what is now QEII park and the tragic loss of life during a beach landing practice.

And that got me thinking of this ukulele song as performed by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

Ok – maybe this blog should be “ukulele music in my life”…

I’ve been trying to play this today as I’ve just restrung my uke but my finger is 1/2 a cm shorter than it used to be and still quite tender so I have to work out a whole new way of playing. Slowgoing. For now I just like listening to Iz because its such a great song.

A friend was out on the waves today and this is for him too, because “facing the ocean” is a great concept for all of us, even those not braving the aquatic food chain.

NB: Item 2 of “4 things to do before I am 40” – Try surfing

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