Friday, January 07, 2005

More exhibitions...

wrote a long post yesterday but got cut off at the end and couldn’t be arsed typing it again ;-)

Last Wednesday Leon & I went to see Ricky Swallow’s exhibit ‘Killing Time’ at the NSW Art Gallery. Swallow is a bit of an art superstar over here at the moment - representing Australia at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Interesting piece, like a 17thc Dutch still life in 3D, incredible detail and textures – link

Then we went to visit Ben’s studio – he’s just finishing a 9-month residency at The Gunnery, a studio & gallery space run by the NSW Ministry for Arts – a bit like Temple Bar studios except 3 times the size and better funded… and it has an artists’ law centre for advice on contracts & copyright – we could do with one of those in Dublin!

Anyway it was fascinating to see Ben’s new work for his exhibition in March, and the portrait he’s entering for the Archibald prize (at least I think that’s what it’s called ;-)) Having only seen the prints and reproductions of the Torana series (link) before this I hadn’t expected them to be so big – they make a powerful impression when you’re in front of the real thing.

We walked down Finger Wharf to see Russell Crowe’s apartment (or the balcony of it anyway ;-)) and I got sunburned - serves me right for gawking!