Category Archives: Art

Neil Young, Artist and Car Lover

Watercolour by Neil Young

Watercolour by Neil Young

Neil Young loves cars.  He loves them so much in fact that he devoted a whole album (2009’s Fork in the Road) to his retooled Lincoln Continental.  Now he’s taking things to the next level with a debut exhibition Special Deluxe at Robert Berman Gallery in LA featuring a series of watercolours of vintage automobiles.  One of these paintings has ended up as the cover of his new album Storytone too. LOL’s favourite Young-related automobile imagery though is the cover to his super weird and not particularly popular 1982 album Trans (below). So misunderstood and actually good!

On Curating – Lara Strongman

Dr Lara Strongman

Dr Lara Strongman

“Fundamentally I’m a joiner, a door-opener, a conduit of ideas that are worth sharing.  Contemporary curators encounter those ideas in artists’ studios and then, back at the gallery, they advocate for those ideas and their wider importance.  You seek to champion the artists’ ideas and bring them to wider attention through the mechanisms of a gallery. Being a champion, however, isn’t entirely distinct from being a cultural agitator. Part of the curator’s role is working with artists to define problems in the culture – not to solve or create solutions to those problems, but to reframe ways of viewing our situation.”

Christchurch Art Gallery’s new Senior Curator Lara Strongman discusses curation in the latest issue of Bulletin.

Looking Forward – Rohan Wealleans

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IN SPACE NO ON CAN HEAR YOU COLLECT ROCKS:
ROHAN WEALLEANS

23rd October – 29th November 2014
Opening Night: Thursday 23rd October 6-8pm

Rohan Wealleans, 'Palaver of Peril', 2012, colour photograph, 143 x 117 cm

Rohan Wealleans, Palaver of Peril, 2012, colour photograph, 143 x 117 cm

New Zealand artist Rohan Wealleans creates paintings and sculptures comprised of multitudinous layers of house paint that are then incised to reveal the multi-coloured excavations beneath.  The resulting paint chips generated by this process often become art objects in their own right.  For Mailbox, they are presented as specimen-like curiosities, and as body adornments in photographs featuring Wealleans-styled naked alien babes.  Part ‘geologist’, part voyeur, Wealleans always inhabits multiple guises.

Curated by Serena Bentley.

Rohan Wealleans is represented by Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland; Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

MAILBOX is an Artist Run Initiative 141-143 Flinders Lane Melbourne, VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA

Tsai Ming-Liang – Stray Dogs at the Museum

Entry to MoCAD

Entry intoTsai Ming-Liang’s ‘Stray Dogs at the Museum’ exhibition at MoNTUE; totally overrun by fragrant foliage

Stray Dogs at the Museum by Malaysia-born, Taiwan-based film maker Tsai Ming-Liang was a stand out show I encountered during my recent trip to Taipei. Tsai’s feature film Stray Dogs won the Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival in September last year and his exhibition at university space MoNTUE featured vignettes from the film installed in galleries overrun by shrubby off-cuts of foliage, providing not only a dramatic backdrop but a distinctly earthy odour.

A solitary figure condycts simple, eeryday rituals

Simple rituals performed by a solitary figure are split across three screens. Accumulations of leaves pile in the corners of the space.

Each screen in the exhibition was modified by the artist; crushed, rubbed with charcoal, recalling the traditions of scroll painting. The footage featured a solitary figure enacting simple, everyday rituals – sucking on chicken bones, squatting and smoking, staring into the distance – imagery that is at once exotic and resoundingly familiar. This was a beautiful, simple, poetic foil to the earnest, documentary style traditions that seem to proliferate in Taiwanese video art.

Taipei / Manila Bound

LOL leaves for a two week research trip to Taipei and Manila today (thank you Ian Potter Foundation/employers!) to check out the above, amongst other things. Keep an eye on Instagram for the latest happy snaps.

Hot Photo Friday – Saul Steinberg

Saul Steinberg, 'Girl in Bathtub', 1949

Saul Steinberg, ‘Girl in Bathtub’, 1949

Da Vinci’s Dicks

Lude drawing in one of Leonardo da Vinci's sketchbooks

A lude drawing in one of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks

Here’s a surprise – a saucy doodle in one of Renaissance Master Leonardo da Vinci’s sketchbooks.  Likely drawn by the artist’s cheeky apprentice and lover Salai, it’s pleasing to know that dick pics have been amusing even the fanciest of humans for hundreds of years.  More here.