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Isiiad (I saw it in a dream) is an arts and design blog. It is centred in Warrandyte and the surrounding Yarra Valley but will go where ever my creative spirit takes me… so Warrandyte to the world. Creator and blog owner is Jeannette Davison.

 

MOMA

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This experience encapsulates why I loved New York so so much.  Imagine being in one of the biggest, brightest museums of modern art known to man. Then picture a huge void within it's walls, several stories high. On the floor of that huge void place a grand piano with a hole in the middle, big enough for a person to fit through. Then let's put a person in through the hole and have him play the piano (back to front)...

But wait, there's more...

That piano with the hole in the middle is on casters so that as the person plays, he moves the piano around the space, taking the audience with him.  

Maybe you had to be there to experience the tingling rush of excitement all of that engendered. Maybe I was succumbing to New York Fever... but oh how I enjoyed it.

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The Moma sits pretty much smack bang in the middle of Manhattan island so don't miss it if you're planning a trip there.  But be warned, from the helicopter dangling in the stairwell, to the computer images of aviation flight paths around the world, it will challenge and delight your perception of contemporary art.  

Long may it continue!

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When paper becomes bead.

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It's starting to look like an obsession isn't it.  African recycling.  I can't get enough of it.  This wonderful collar comes courtesy of National Geographic magazines. The paper is cut and rolled forming the long beads. Its made by a Ugandan, Sanaa Gateja.  Is there no end to innovative uses of things that have already had a life as something else?  I love it to pieces.

The wallhanging below is made by using the same technique.  I especially loved the story with this one.  It's called "Change".  The beads were made using Barack Obama's presidential campaign literature. It was made by Algernon Miller in collaboration with Sanaa Gateja and the Kwetu African Women's Association, Uganda.

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While I'm on the subject of beads.  Here's a couple of magnificent works using conventional beads by two South African artists

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Bongiswa Ntobela (South Africa, b.1968)

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Noluvuyo Niza (South Africa, B.1985) under the guidance of master beader Mangutshana Nontanga (South Africa, b. 1967)

I bring these offerings to you from The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) New York City, December 2010.

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Christine Yukenbarri

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The depth of family ties at the core of aboriginal culture was very much in evidence at the Alcaston Gallery last Saturday afternoon. The opening of an exhibition showcasing three aboriginal artists was attended by close family of the artists who spoke endearingly on their behalf.  (The artists were unable to attend). The artist's work I was most keen to see was that of Christine Yukenbarri.  She comes from a long line of painters, her father, Helicopter Tjungurrayi amongst them.  Significantly, she paints the stories told to her by her mother.  This appears to be an abiding motivation in her work. There is an interesting podcast available on the the Alcaston website in which Christine talks about her art and country. The bond with her mother is repeatedly evident.  In that context, the works on display at Alcaston are  joyous, stunning, original depictions of ancient stories. Themes include Witjinti (soakwater), Mungari (bush food), Winpurpurla (her late mothers country in the Great Sandy Desert).  The central circle represents the soakwater while the linear areas represent the sand dunes.

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(Detail - Winpurpurla by Christine Yukenbarri, 2010)

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Winpurpurla by Christine Yukenbarri, 2010  Synthetic polymer paint on linen.

 

In November 2010 Alcaston Gallery welcomed another fave of mine Tiger Palpatja. His use of colour is similarly a joy to behold.

I cant finish this post without mentioning the scones served at the gallery for the opening.  I'm told that they were procured from the Gertrude Street Organic Bakery.  Both the gallery and the bakery are worth a visit.

My sincere thanks to assistant curator Adriana Del Medico for her assistance and to gallery management for allowing me to photograph the works.

 

Alcaston Gallery is at 11 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.  The exhibition runs from February 8th to March 4th.

http://www.alcastongallery.com.au/default.cfm?flash=1

 

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