Destined for Civic…

31 03 2008

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Angela Nordlinger has just sent through this image of Dean Bowen’s Little Big Man, which is apparently destined for a berth outside the new library in Civic. All 3 tonne of it is on its way up from Melbourne as we speak…

It’s going to miss its lovely bush setting.

Postscript: we’ve just been told it’s already up, and in the shopping precinct…

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A dastardly clash…

29 03 2008

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Driving home through Candelo late yesterday arvo we came across the most exciting sight – preparations for today’s local culture extravaganza, the 1st Candelo Village Festival. What a tragedy we’ll be wending our way to the ‘Berra instead.

Judging from the program it’s going be a beauty; a busload of local acts, Melbourne band Trouble in the Kitchen and…our absolute faves…the Fuelers!! What a total bummer. We can’t believe we’re missing it.

Ah well, we’ll just have to look forward to the 2nd Candelo Village Festival. It’s only a year away…





Scott Chaseling at Sabbia…

28 03 2008

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While the Gang was up in Sydders last week we swung past Sabbia to check out Scotto’s solo exhibition, An Antipodean Journal – which, we must confess, having been privy to various conversations post his lecture at the Ausglass conference in January, we were very curious to see. (We didn’t attend the conference program, and even if we had we would’ve missed Scotto’s presentation in any case – courtesy of that pesky business of doubling up on lectures, his talk was on at the same time as Luna’s…)

It’s certainly an interesting show, and a huge shift – which shouldn’t be surprising given that he’s (semi-permanently, at least) transplanted himself to Europe. His signature fused and blown vessels have transmogrified into a kind of cryonic encapsulation; large semi-cylindrical ‘tablets’ hot cast for posterity. (Each one anything from 40-80 kgs, Anna was telling us – seriously weighty work.) They still hold the ‘my life as a cartoon’ narrative edge, but now with an ‘I’m living in a fishbowl’ twist. Given that the works “tell a story that often reflects key moments in Scott’s life, or issues close to his heart” the fishbowl analogy is somewhat apt.

But the biggest departure is the new line of large blown and sandblasted vessels which he designed and had manufactured in Czechoslovakia. These ‘vases’ are slick and pop, and carry a sweep of art-‘n-craft historic references that deliver an immediate sense of comfortable familiarity and connection.  Black and white and cobalt blue (the classic ‘buy me’ button, as we all know!!), these pieces are extraordinarily ‘interior designer’ friendly. And they obviously hit the right note with the punters – the room was awash with red dots.

It’s rather fascinating, this growing return to ‘the factory floor’, don’t you think? It’s almost as though the studio glass movement has gone full circle – artists are becoming increasingly sophisticated and removing themselves from the making process entirely; handing it back, as it were, to specialized European glassworks. This is by no means intended as a criticism, it’s merely an observation. The trend, after all, is de rigeur across the international contemporary art scene – particularly in the stratospheric stakes (ie Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, et al.) You only have to look at the ‘biennale industry’ to know that the artist has evolved into the auteur. 

Anyhoo, we enjoyed the exhibition and we’re looking forward to having a good chin-wag with Scotto across the ether – about life, glass and the universe – in the not too distant future…

For a squizz at the show go to…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasscentralcanberra/sets/72157604274659260/

Meanwhile, Sabbia’s site is…

http://www.sabbiagallery.com/exhibition.php?ref=scottchaseling_08&exh=upcoming





‘Hunks’ still a happening thang…

27 03 2008

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(above) our fave photo of Tevita from the Hunks photoshoot.

For those of you who’ve been asking ‘hey, where’s the article on the Hunks show?’, never fear. There definitely is one coming – Megsie just keeps getting side tracked by other things….

Watch this space. It will turn up eventually!!





Sammy Jo: intrepid traveller…

26 03 2008

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Sammy Jo’s been a bit slack about sending postcards – but this one pretty much makes up for it. (So much for all that army training, darl…!)





Wyndham storm…

26 03 2008

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There’s always a ray of sunshine down here, my friends…!!





Postcard from Canada: from our favourite Norwegian, Lene Lunde…

25 03 2008

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(above) Lene at the early March opening of her exhibition in Oslo.

The Gang’s just received a lovely postcard from Lene Lunde, who is actually over in Black Diamond, Canada (35 minutes south of Calvary), putting in some concentrated hotshop time for Canadian glass duo Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock (who’s head of the glass program at the Alberta College of Art and Design – where, incidently, our old pal Natali Rodrigues works.)   [Hi, Nat!!  n(Ed)]

Lene, who will be working in Canada up until mid June, has just spent the Easter holiday weekend with Nat and her family (okay guys, where are the happy snaps…?) and it sounds as if she’s having a fabulous time all round.

Meanwhile she’s sent through some images of the work from her recent Oslo show – a wonderful excercise in serious playfulness if ever there was. Actually, we’re rather amazed – and frankly charmed – by the current, and entirely unconnected, synchronistic move by a number of artists towards varying degrees of toy inclusion. Perhaps it’s a healthy and perfectly natural reaction to the Establishment mob’s dreary practice of taking themselves so faffing seriously. [We live in hope…  n(Ed)]

Poor Lene did her back in the day before the exhibition opened, so was feeling horribly peaky at the launch. But she’s okay now, thank goodness, and throwing herself once more into the fray…we look forward to some cool Canadian pics…

For images of the work go to… 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasscentralcanberra/sets/72157604239829379/