after all those galleries, after all those exhibitions i saw last year, the last 6 weeks in melbourne has been a drought! turns out that when your life is precarious, you don't have the luxury of seeing art with a capital A.
in the times i would normally be going to art openings, or checking out exhibitions, i've been asking friends to stay on their couch, travelling to various parts of the city or travelling to the country to stay at my folks', or working my various casual jobs and projects, or waiting for peeps to finish their work so i can stay with them.
that's not intended to be an outright whinge (see previous post), but it did remind me that when i make art in a gallery, i'm only going to be talking to people who have a pretty nice, even steady life.
an important lesson too methinks.
image credit: mikala dywer at docklands by ajf clark from flickr
Ok, so I think this is the third article by carrie miller that I’ve chucked into my delicious account. Which officially makes me an adoring fan.
This article is exactly what I needed to hear.
Along with bret easton ellis’ damning of empire sensibility and some more heidegger on the clearing.
I don’t actually entirely agree with baudrillard’s idea of compulsory inclusion within the capitalist state. I think there are degrees of inclusion and I have recently embraced my inner outsider, given that time, tax, superannuation, utilities, media and property are not inclusive of arts practice or inter/multi-discplinary language. But, this is not to say that I shouldn’t change my attitude about the commerce of my art.
Let’s see where this leads to next.
Image credit: the art life.
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I was ill last week and finally had a chance to catch up on reading some blogs for a bit.
There seemed to be a theme running through a few of them. Namely blood and animals.
mike pickard's amazing plea against the danish ritual of dolphin killing for adolescent males, instead of lasertag or circumcision.
and on a similarly red, but philosophically different note, photographer lesley turnbull has posted strangely beautiful post about a talisman and the humane killing of a sick horse (which still makes me squeamish because i'm cowardly, not because i think it's cruel).
i don't usually find copious amounts of viscera beautiful (unless it's the final scene of american beauty), but there was something enthralling about both of these.
sorry if you're eating breakfast and checking these out.
"When a work is created, brought forth out of this or that work material... we also say that it is made [set forth] out of it. But just as the work requires a setting up in the sense of a consecrating-praising erection... so a setting forth is needed."
Origin of a Work of Art, from Martin Heidegger: Basic Writings, Harper Collins 2008
influenced by Courbet's Origin of the World perhaps?
regular readers might vaguely remember a trip i had to dubai a while ago. it was my first time in a non-english, non-western environment and it totally floated my boat.
on the way back from chilly europe last month, i stopped off again in dubai and had another wild time.
this specialty roaster is in the dubai garden centre, near the fishing section.
i found out about tashkeel early on in my trip, but couldn't get there until the last few days of being there. in fact, i took myself out there as a treat for myself on my birthday.
a design retail space has recently switched over to a private/collector gallery and it's so exciting. i saw two shows there and went to the opening of uppers and downers, which also included a powerful performance called 'be safe o egypt' by performance artist rania ezzat*. the feel of the shows there are exciting, challenging and have guts, unlike many other shows in similar spaces in dubai. the space itself is a warehouse conversion in the al quoz area (the area where loads of galleries have popped up in the last 3 years), and they have cats!
4. dubai metro.
this has made dubai loads more accessible than last time. it's now starting to approximate a modern urban city. and interestingly, with it, has come a lot more human-scale signage, and a better bus system. one thing i noticed last time i was in dubai was the scale of typography and signage. it was all only viewable from cars, therefore was large, lit and high-up. people are obviously walking along pathways to the metro a lot more, so i've seen far more small text, small signs with maps, actual footpaths and more accommodation for human movement (as opposed to vehicular). it is going to be fascinating to see how this ripples out in the next 5-10 years.
it's the little india/pakistani/old school section of dubai - the part where you remember that people actually live in this city. and it's where ravis is - a famous street-food style restaurant, which is not quite as awesome as the equivalent in sharjah, but it's still pretty great and relatively cheap too. i hear that satwa has changed bucketloads recently, but as a tourist, it's still a relief to go there and have a more authentic city-esque experience.
this was totally cheesy, and something i probably wouldn't have done in my home town, but we went to the open mic night, sat on m&m beanbags and watched people belting their little hearts out. some great, some not-so. but, it was nice and normal in amongst the designer rah-rah of wafi mall (which also has to be seen to be believed). they also have a movie night on sunday nights, which we never managed to get to, but would also be worth checking out.
ok, so maybe not everyone gets to do this when the go to dubai, but northern winter afford this kind of decadence. i spent a lot of it sunning myself and swimming in a rooftop pool. it's highly recommended for curing what ails ya.
similarly, only really enjoyable in winter (summer is 50ºC outside), and often you will hear the echo of the muezzins call to prayer across the parts of the city. in fact, i loved that sound - just walking across stretches of sand, hearing asr, maghrib or isha prayers sung from the minarettes. if you've grown up in islamic countries, this probably won't float your boat, but i couldn't help but romanticise it over the two weeks i was in town.
satwa image nicked from dubaithoughts.blogspot.com (my images were crap).
tashkeel print studio image nicked from panopticon.blogspot.com (op cit)
Posted by lauren at 06:50
well, this post isn't about love letters to artists (per se), but about a new art space that has opened up in collingwood, called dear patti smith. it's in the patterson building on smith street (see what they did there?) and they only have 3-day shows - for that hot steamy art fling in everyone's life.
this week they've put together a cute little group show with work that artists have made, but not exhibited to date. it's called shelved, and i've got a little work in it.
come and check out the show this weekend, and i'll be at the opening tomorrow (thursday) night.
when: 04 march, 6-8pm
where: dear patti smith
L2 181 smith st, collingwood 3066
opening times until 05 march
12 - 6pm
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