port fairy (sat-sun)
-didnt go in to the actual festival as usual - however regretting it? I don't know. Had issues with communications again because so many people were trying to use their phones so it was a bit touch and go, didnt really get to catch up with everyone too much, drank a bit too much, got sunburned, but did have a great swim out in the icy waters. Love the beach at port fairy.
rooftop art space (mon)
-went in to go see the 'Janice Darling' opening, a group of works by Lucy James that plays with the narrative of the life of Janice Darling, a woman from Jane Fonda's Workout Book. The concept I thought was really fun but the number of works was limited and while the presentation was pretty neat overall I thought the work was weak. I like the look of Lucy James' work but I think my expectations of a larger exhibition (I got the Rooftop Art Space and the gallery space below it confused) are the main cause of the let down.
de ja vu in bundoora (mon)
- caught the bus out with y to La Trobe to see l and his band Sordid Ordeal practice for their upcoming gig. Very blast from the past - It was very 'was I doing this 3 years ago or 3 weeks' kind of moment.
tea in box hill (tues)
- Had tea with f in Box Hill, tried out one of the local restaurants -noodle kingdom. Noodles were good steamed pork buns were sub-par.
david bailey (wed)
-watched great doco on David Bailey, David Bailey:Four Beats to the Bar and No Cheating. Had some really great information I didn't know about him, showed some great views of his work and was a bit of the jump start inspiration I needed for my photography. I think the film captures an artist whom is happy with his achievements but wants nothing more then more time to continue making more art, thus the memento mori recent works that use imagery of skulls and withered flowers.
lunch at el albero's - on st.georges street of brunswick rd (wed)
- had a potato & rosemary pizza before the LOST&FOUND opening at The Library Artspace in Brunswick. Great pizza place, ended up going back later in the evening with new friends. the 'albero' pizza is also delicious.
pint at the railway hotel on nicholson st (wed)
- had a pint to burn more time before the opening at what one could consider a very australian hotel pub. Old folks playing cards, construction guys off work and a footy-playing bartender with wickedly tight jeans on. Did not so indirectly get called a word not appropriate to print (foreigners moving in & tourists to blame for the overpacked trams) but such is life.
- overall enjoyed the work, few criticisms here and there.... mostly about the door pieces. I really enjoyed the photographs and their mounting onto the doors - but i disliked their presentation. maybe this was due to reading some curation articles on the way but I felt the mystique of the doors was lost in them being double sided and suspended from the ceiling. without the door frames and suspended as such they ceased to have the possibility and curiosity of 'whats behind the door' that makes doors so appealing. if they had had frames and the illusion of them opening -whether or not they actually could have- or had been mounted onto the wall so you were tempted to open it to see whats behind it - i think the pieces would have been more powerful. obviously this may have been less effective in the horizontal pieces (or more like alice in wonderland).
i'm interested in learning more about the art space and how its run (collective, collaborative, private, funded, etc) and not just because they're calling for entries for shows later in the year.
I made some new friends at the opening and we went for tea at el albero's - hopefully they'll be able to join me and my mates for st. patrick's on saturday.
Finish this entry with a note on anti-americanism, and how tacky it is when it's for stupid things. Politics? Foreign policy? Maybe even interactions with horrid tourists - OK. however getting in a pet over the avengers/firefly and whatever else comic book crap - lame.