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Richard William Wheater: Neon Workshop…

Richard William Wheater

 

Here at the Hideout, Megsie’s had a hankering to do neon for years – not the sign variety*, more of a nebulous yearning to play with ethereal installation (out in the landscape) and maybe the odd Ned and Shwe – so she’s been known to pour over programs at the ‘Chuck or Northlands that offered neon workshops from time to time – only to set them wistfully aside in the light of more pressingly prosaic commitments. Such is life and don’t we all know it.

So when she saw that Richard William Wheater (who’s work she’d been clocking on and off over the last few years) was out from the old Dart to run an intensive workshop at the Canberra Glassworks, well, it was just too good an opportunity to miss. [Notwithstanding that it’s been in excess of a decade since she dallied with a torch (with the wonderful James Minson) and that it patently takes more than 4 days to get even a vague grip on Neon, duh!! n(Ed)] And off we went.

And a very interesting 4 days it was, as one might expect; plenty of challenges, lots of fun (in terms of Megsie’s very peculiar sense of humour), anxiety in spades, lessons learnt (again!) and progress (of sorts) made. So hey, Ops Normal!

 

 

Days ended with James Turrell (or Hotel Hotel) and one morning started with Light Yoga…which really isn’t our thing ‘cos, as you know, Megsie would only assume this position for mooning…

 

mooning

 

or this one for the Haka…

Haka

 

…but, hey, the shadow play was fabulous…

shadow

 

After which we swung by Ken+Julia Yonetani’s Crystal Palace at NGA Contemporary…

 

Ken+Julia Yonetani, Crystal Palace

Ken+Julia Yonetani, Crystal Palace

Gorgeous.

A surprise treat was a visit and demo by Melbourne Neon maestro Steven Cole (whose father made the iconic Skipping Girl sign!) with his protégé Katie and Ferdinand…

 

And the rest of the time was spent torch hopping (and bung hunting!) with a little hot shop thrown in…

 

Anyways, it was all quite intense and exhausting – but not entirely discouraging. And it was quite marvellous to be there to witness one of Harry’s hearts charged up and glowing/flickering (we predict a wave of emotive installations coming soon to a gallery near you…)

So what, you may ask, has Megsie taken away from it all? Well, a serious determination, it goes without saying, to get hold of a torch pronto and get bending! And plenty of affirmation, on various other counts. And it was great to do the workshop with Bernz (we’ll definitely be kicking the studio footy around coast-side.)

 

[ *as a writer, Megsie’s disinclined to use text in her artwork – the only exception being…yep, you guessed it…’cunt’. n(Ed)]

Sculpture on the Edge 2016…

We spent a gorgeous day at Sculpture on the Edge at Bermagui yesterday; sun, sea, lunch and Gulaga with a side serve of sculpture. Wunderbar.

We’ll just drop in a snap of Megsie’s work (because we can)…

 

Megan Bottari, Teleo(phonic)morph:  Channelling Sal (long distance call)

Megan Bottari, Teleo(phonic)morph: Channelling Sal (long distance call), lost wax cast crystal, found object

…but for the full rant and the pick of the pics go to glasscentralcanberra, here.

 

East Coast Dirty Martini…

In the wake of the recent sewage pollution at beaches on the Far South Coast (Council assures us it was due to weather events, duh! – and let’s not even mention the ‘bloom’ on the beaches south of the Merimbula Sewage Treatment Plant over the last decade or so) and this week’s announcement of Sydney Water’s planned increase of sewer overflow into Sydney Harbour (omigod, simply beggars belief!), the dirty martini that we came up with last weekend seems extraordinarily apt…

 

East Coast Dirty Martini

East Coast Dirty Martini

Contrary to appearances it was pretty damn tasty!!

Splish splash…

As soon as Megsie dropped her entry off at the hall (for Sculpture on the Edge at Bermagui) today, the Gang made a bee-line for the Blue Pool. And how gorgeous it was – except for that dogged localised cloud cover! Having left Wyndham under a brilliant blue sky we’d been hanging out big time for a long and delicious bob’n’float session…only to find that summer, alas, appeared to be confined to the southern reaches of the Shire.

 

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Bummer dudes. Ah, doesn’t matter, it was still a lovely dip. And we’ll get a Take2 next week when we return to eyeball the field proper.

Sculpture on the Edge runs from the 5th-14th March (Official opening: 6pm Sat 5th)

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