For Peter…

The Gang couldn’t possibly sortie south without swinging by our fave hipster, Edward Kelly. So on Sunday we did a road trip to Bendigo for…

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…currently showing at the Bendigo Regional Gallery. No great surprises, of course. Being avid Ned-o-philes we’ve seen most of the works at one time or another (at the very least on the net), but it was wonderful to be immersed in it all – and in one place! Given that we’re about to launch ourselves into studio practice proper, it was a timely opportunity to re-inhabit ‘Ned head’.

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The iconic artefacts set the scene and then it was off and running in the contemporary homage stakes. The field was led – it goes without saying – by Sid, and the BRG did a nice job of going off-piste with a couple of very impressive (and humungous) tapestries from the Portalegre Tapestry Workshop (see here); Sidney Nolan, Glenrowan, wool (both)…

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So vibrant – just divine (click to enlarge all images.) Other Sid gems included: Kelly at the river (1964), synthetic polymer paint on composition board…

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Crossing the River (1964), oil on composition board…

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detail…

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and Kelly, oil and enamel on composition board (painted in the year of our birth, 1955)…

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…[which perhaps the architects had in mind when they designed Federation Square! n(Ed)]

Other highlights were Arthur Boyd’s Ned Kelly, glazed and coloured terracotta (c1954)…

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Albert Tucker’s Metamorphosis of Ned Kelly, synthetic polymer paint on composition board (1954)…

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HaHa (Regan Tamanui)’s Ned, stencil print (2004)…

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and Ned’s Head (which we’ve been enjoying on streetscapes across the country over the last decade)…

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Mars Drum’s Ned and Burqa on the Pink Lake IV, digital print (2015)…

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Freddie Timm’s Ned Kelly, natural ochre pigment on canvas (2000)…

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Adam Cullen’s Kelly at Glenrowan, synthetic polymer paint on linen (2011)…

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and Sir Galahad Poo’s handz down favourite, Juan Davila’s Sentimental history of Australian art, synthetic polymer paint on canvas (1982)…

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…he lingered somewhat.

Anyhoo, consider this a mere taster for a terrific exhibition – there’s plenty more besides, not to mention the rest of this remarkable gallery’s permanent collection, etcetera. What a treasure of a regional gallery it is!

What a treasure of a town, in fact. So culturally progressive/enlightened/connected. Absolutely bloody marvellous.

Other side dishes that caught our eye included Arthur Boyd’s fridge, Leda and the swan, enamel on steel (1958)…

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and another Poo favourite, the astro turf rotunda (mea culpa, we didn’t get the artist’s name)…

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What an incredibly soul nourishing trip it was. And on arrival back at the Hideout we were greeted with this further fillip…

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…in concert with this (the view from the workshop door)…

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It’s a sign we tells ya!

3 responses to “For Peter…

  1. Pingback: Imagining Ned… | glass central canberra

  2. Terrific to see the pic’s, especially new takes. Figure up a tree of “crossing the river” I can seem to relate to. Burkas I like to see as conversation, and Devilla shows he can still cut it better than newcomers. Forget Paul Yore. Bendigo sure has grown up since I left 20 + years ago, and Director Karen seems to be getting the accolades she deserves.
    Chisholm has exstudents exhibition for 6 months in State Minister for Trainings office, parliament house, including 2 of my graal. I don’t get out much so it’s big deal for me. Now back to work for all of us.

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