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.

Open studio…

Yesterday marked our first annual Prisoners of the Crown Open Studio day…

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prisoners of the crown

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And so we had a lovely steady trickling through of ridgy-didge retrogrades for the Mugshot parade…

[Though we did miss a number of you, sorry – couldn’t cover all bases. We’ll make sure we have a dedicated snapper on hand next year. n(Ed)]

Big love to Nicky who drove down from Canberra and back just for the day (sterling effort!) and Meegs for the gladioli and Pimms (fab!)

Next public PoC Open Studio Day: Sunday 12th November 2017

Krusty’s last watch…

It’s a sad day here at the Hideout – Security Creative Krusty slipped gently away (vet assisted) to the doggy guard-house in the sky this afternoon amid a vale of tears (we’re holding the wake as we speak…)

He had a great innings –19 years – and will be sorely missed, especially by Studio Bitch who was constantly shadowed by the little fella.

Krusty’s last snaps were taken last week…

Krusty on the job

Krusty

…[but we’ll drop in the odd memorial tomorrow. n(Ed)]

Our other team…

We are beyond proud to be QUEENSLANDERs!!!!!!!!

Last night’s State of Origin decider was thrilling – THRILLING we tells ya! Queensland brought their legendary hard on and it was the best game of rugby league we’ve seen in a long, long time. Truly awesome (…which is actually appropriate in this context, Nige.)

Shwe

We watched the game with Shwe, who (with maroon patches on her wings) is our official team birdie, and settled into a good bottle of red for the duration.

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Thurstie

Queensland dominated big time, despite extreme dirty business from New South Wales…

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high tackle

Disgraceful.

On a lighter note, there was plenty of ‘almost biffo’ to keep everyone more than happy…

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almost biffo

And absolutely no doubt, from kick-off, that Queensland meant business…

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Hodges' last stand

What a fabulous send off for Hodges and what a perfect birthday prezzie for Mal! Thanks for a brilliant game, boys, it was enthralling. We love yooz all.

Best aspects of the night: (1) Gallen’s thuggish bradaggio was utterly deflated and (2) Gus Gould was virtually silent in the commentary box for almost the entire match. A great result for everyone, eh.