The latest offering at the Brenda May Gallery on Danks Street is the ‘Untitled Show.’ The exhibition theme is based on creating an opportunity for the viewer to have their own personal thoughts and interpretations of each piece’s meaning. There are 15 artists in total.
We immediately gravitated to Al Munro’s piece in the back corner. I’m not even there anymore and I’m salivating again. No prizes for guessing which piece it is below. Those wonderful colours are bright, fun and bring on a sense of nostalgia. Munro is currently working on an arts/maths fellowship and often uses scientific and mathematical data as a starting point for her creations.
We also loved Jim Croke’s work. Jackson Pollockish however painted with such precision one would think a fencer was called in and their sabre used to complete the canvas. Croke teaches at the NAS and is well known for his sculptures.
Lastly the car with overflowing baggage is Todd Fuller’s creation. We giggled, what a nice piece reminding us that we all have too many things. Fuller is multi disciplined, having his paws in various pots working on illustration, painting, performance and his hand drawn animations were awarded with an honourable mention at the 15th Asian Art Biennale (2012). Nice work!
The show runs until October 24.
Brenda May gallery
2 Danks Street, Waterloo
Give the 4 wheeler a swift bumsteer and opt for the 2-wheeled kind. Not only are you hugging the planet, you’re giving your heart one too.
The Sydney Rides Festival commences this Saturday and we think it’s a wheelie great way to kick start your tyred heart and get into a new routine.
There are 21 days of fantastic activities beginning at Sydney Park. For the early bird yoga bunnies there are morning sessions or opt to embrace your inner BMX bandit Nicole Kidman stylee in the BMX arena. There’s a super-cross track, mountain boarding, an edible garden, parkour workshops, rock climbing wall, the Taronga zoo-mobile and food stalls.
Throughout the rest of the festival there are Sydney suit rides, National Ride2work day, pop up bars, movie nights, and more. And there’s a party on the final night in the heart of the city too. It’s gearing up to be a goodie!
On a side note, let’s face it, Sydney’s CBD is about to be on the feral side. With the closures on George Street looming, we think this is going to be a more desirable way to get your tails to work quicker, cleaner and healthier. It’s a win, win all round.
So rimember to borrow a bike or dust yours off, spokey dokey it up, bling it with a bell, tie on some streamers and get involved! Toot toot!
Dad jokes aside it’s gearing up to be a forking spoketacular event. [okay I’ll stop now as you can’t handle it!!!].
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If you commute to Circular Quay everyday and have missed this 22 metre majestic bamboo wonder, it’s really time to peel your eyes away from the mobile and pop that distraction in your pocket. Stat.
This beauty is comprised of 300 bamboo poles and is situated on the Customs House forecourt until October 11 as part of the Art and About Festival.
Hop inside and feel a sense of calm as you’re immediately transported from the buzzy city to the forest of bamboo in Queensland where these poles have been sourced. Stop, feel the bamboo and look up to see the fluffy clouds cruise by in the beautiful blue sky above. Tranquil to say the least.
Jed Long is a local architect and we were fortunate enough to see [and play] in ‘The Hot House’. These wonderfully woven bamboo structures were outside the Winter Feast hall at this year’s Dark Mofo Festival in Hobart. These beauties took us back to our childhood as you felt like you were back in a cubby house.
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After a spontaneous trot on the weekend to the Moore Park Gardens for a quick hit of sun soaking, we decided to hop into Black Penny to quench the thirst.These guys host art shows in the back of the bar and the exhibitions run from one to two weeks.
With gin in paw, we wandered out the back to see the latest offering and we were instantly drawn to the vibrant colours and the playful execution of the pieces.
Angie Soto is a Sydney based artist who’s used acrylic, spray paint and mixed media in this solo show. And we have to say we love her style, vibrant, quirky, Picassoesque at times and others surreal.
Hop down as the show is on until October 13.
You may remember the Travelling Colony of seven hand-painted caravans for the 2012 Sydney Festival which explored and celebrated Redfern’s people, culture and community. Well, Brook Andrew is the first to open an exhibit at the Cutaway gallery in the Barangaroo site.
The Weight of History, The Mark of Time, is a large scale installation that promises to play on the senses as the four floating sculptures ‘breath’ and are lit internally adding another dimension. The soundscape accompanying the installation by Theodore Wohng, De Anima, is based on Aristotle’s idea of the soul. We’re a little excited to experience this in the flesh.
You really should experience these giant geometric beauties for yourself. We had a snoop during our lunch hour an can’t wait to get closer on the weekend.
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Saturday was a spectacular day! Why? Because we almost faint with excitement with anything geometric.
We popped into the Geometrica show at the Mild Manners gallery. This is our first visit to the gallery and it’s lovely. You hop through a book/records store and up the stairs to an light and airy space. We particularly love the hues of the pink coming through the back window. Yummy.
It was great to have a chat to the curator, Amber Creswell Bell, who puts on about 4 shows a year. Congrats to you and the artists!
Better get in quick as there are only 3 days left to catch it. This Thursday to Sunday, at 1/499 Crown Street, Surry Hills.
Artists in the snap are @genevievefelixreynolds @emmalipscombe_ @evi_o @liamsnootle on insta.
In our lovely little gallery hop on Saturday we discovered this sweet gem at Martin Browne Contemporary in Paddo.
This interactive digital installation is called Flowers and People Cannot be Controlled but Live Together by teamLab. The flowers grow before your eyes from bud to bloom then the petals float away leaving the flowers to fade. The viewer interacts to start or end the process.
Watch a larger scale installation here in action. Beautiful and tranquil.
Saturday was an absolute cracker of a day so we opted for sunny art gallery hop in Paddo. We headed to the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. And boy was it delicious. We caught ourselves licking our lips. Jim Lambie’s work is tantalising to say the very least. And quite frankly we want those floors to pave our paths with every step we take. The show runs until September 26.
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