Late last year I had the opportunity to visit the US for 2 weeks. I wrote a few notes down and thought I should at least share some of these surface touristy observations. Here they are in no particular order:
•Sandeck uses acrylic yarn
•Dan Flavin's fluorescent lights: are they still manufactured like that or does the museum have to get them custom made?
•Lygia Pape's work is incredible. Makes me realise I know nothing about South American modernism
•Seeing my own feet in Smithson's mirror works made me wonder what sort of shoes people first saw reflected in them
•Dindga McCannon's painting Empress Akweke, 1975
•Beuys' hat is so dramatic
•Dia: Beacon is a boys club. "Zero" at the Guggenheim was a boys club too
•Cambridge is a liberal town
•Massachusetts was an early abolitionist state
•The US is violent
•Noone knows exactly how many people get shot by police
•Business and enterprise has done toowell
•There is a "Stop & Shop" every 50 yards or so along the highway
•New York talks about itself all the time
•It's mostly myth
•It's also a real meeting place
•I love gift shops
•Art is made by the living for the living
(chopsticks), heat moulded (ramen restaurant, Melbourne, August 2014)
Tram sand (sanders)
Perfume sampler, cologne worn by previous Gertrude Contemporary resident artist 2012-2014 (refreshed regularly)
Hanging, cotton fabric
(Completely) Black photographs (2010 & 2013)
Poppy seeds, black & white photograms
Measurements (the space between two works: W. Sievers at CCP, S. Jacobs at TCB, B. Lunney at Gertrude Studio 12, S. Bailey at West Space, R. Mazzone at Seventh Gallery 2014) wood, white paint sourced from Centre for Contemporary Photography, TCB Inc., Gertrude Contemporary, West Space & Seventh Gallery
I went up to Sydney a week ago and managed to catch the end of the Biennale. I took this picture on my last day there. I feel conflicted about writing anything definitive about the BoS/Transfield issue. Partly because there has already been so much coverage of it in the media, perhaps to the detriment of the cause (its easy to get fatigued and disorientated when something is repeated endlessly). Its disturbing how the media really squeezes every bit of value out of an issue. Suffice to say that life isn't getting easier for asylum seekers. Nor is life getting easier for the disadvantaged, poor or marginalised, as both our major political parties move further and further towards 'free' markets and unfettered capitalism. I can't help but feel that we're all inextricably entwined in this system and that finding opportunities to push against it (or just to apprehend it) are rare. While there wasn't much mention of it in the official programme, I thought I should post this photo here.
Lots of important information and argument on the immigration detention industry at xBorder
You can read an interesting discussion of the issue by Danny Butt here
And links to the first interview we did on Crikey here
Woke up on Wednesday morning to find the sun shining directly through the crack underneath my door. Once a year alignment maybe.
Edit: Brennan thinks that once a year might be too big of a claim. I'm probably wrong on the science.