And then there’s Wagga Wagga…

Wow, who’d have thunk it – showing concurrently in two Regional Galleries during the Prowl of the Pandemic. Logistically a wee bit awks, but at least in the case of Wagga Wagga we might just be able to manage a gallop across the mountains before the exhibition closes…

Megan Bottari, Post-Modern Tokenism III 2007-2013 (detail) lost wax cast Australian lead crystal.

Gallery statement:

Curated from the National Art Glass Collection, You can’t see White, if you won’t see Black seeks to comment on the coexistence and unity of opposites as well as duality in politics, spirituality and morality.

Day, light, and good are often linked together, in opposition to night, darkness, and evil. These contrasting metaphors represented as White and Black go back in human history, and across cultures, including in the Judeo-Christian tradition, ancient Chinese Yin and Yang and ancient Persia.

As seen in this exhibition, the use of black and white creates a focused attention upon content, form, pattern, texture or upon the way in which the object has been made. Glass itself presents as a particularly expressive medium to explore abstract ideas. Both solid and fluid, glass absorbs and refracts light, and in so doing communicates spiritual purity and intensity of feeling, such as the oneness of the universe might be felt.

Showtime: Saturday 24 July – Sunday 5 December | National Art Glass Gallery


About the work (brief statement from Megxx)…

Post Modern Tokenism III comes from a series of work alluding to the perniciously capricious nature of public displays of respect for our indigenous citizens – wheeled out when it suits for gala events (like the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games) and then shoved back into the gloom the moment the scrutiny is past. They emerge and fade from view as pomp and circumstance/politics/the marketplace dictates. It’s unconscionable.

3 thoughts on “And then there’s Wagga Wagga…

  1. Good to see discussion using glass. I personally find the public outpouring similar to facebook “likes” and I’m concerned over shiny band aids to social problems instead of serious answers. I live in the welfare concentrated area of a prison town of Sale, where it’s obvious. I might make my way up to Wagga. Haven’t driven that far in years but I know there’s a big difference between photos and real time with glass.


    • Yeah, they run a great program up there – and are genuinely supportive of the broad ‘glass family.’ Cracking collection, fabbo gallery, thoughtful exhibitions. Always worth the outing. Xx

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      • Will be good to see if the broad”glass family” stretches to engraving. My ausglass experience suggests not. I’m planning a trip soon to Wagga, might even put my nose in that Canberra place.


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