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Don’t touch, and definitely DON’T lick!

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

The 'Untitled Show' at the Brenda May Gallery.
The ‘Untitled Show’ at the Brenda May Gallery.
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Free your mind, my art will follow.

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.
http://www.blackpenny.com.au/

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So 9, so good!

We ended up eating dinner here by pure chance. I’d noticed the cute takeaway wall on Danks Street a week earlier and returned to inspect further. Okay, let’s be honest here, it was to have a snoop and the urge to resist was won over by our rumbling tummies.

The banh xeo tom thit [Vietnamese pancake with prawn and pork] arrived first, and was as pretty as a picture. The bo sa cuon [lemongrass beef rice paper rolls] quickly followed suit and lastly the goi du du kho bo [green papaya salad with dried beef].

We toggled between dishes, breaking conversation by making inappropriate noises out of pure delight. Especially that papaya salad, what a knockout!

My friend suggested dessert. I screwed my face up however my mouth said, “yes”. And what a huge mistake it would have been to skip the bo bia ngot. Where on earth has this been all my life? This is special.

I tried to save some for my flatmate and I’m not sorry to say that I quickly gobbled the last morsel as though he was there and had averted his eyes quickly. The dessert made me do it. These little rice paper parcels hold in-house made honeycomb, shredded coconut and are sprinkled with black sesame seeds and dipped in a coconut sauce. Yummy.

The second dessert was the donut enveloping housemade banana icecream with peanuts and coconut. The mouth mumbled, “stop it” while the flavours danced over my tastebuds.

We chatted with Kim, the owner, who created so.9 as an homage to her father. She’s first generation Vietnamese and arrived here in the late 70s. She’s warm as well as passionate and we felt humbled that she would share her story with us.

Eventually we left. All with satiated, slightly swelling tummies full of goodness. And when I got home I popped the groceries in the fridge that I had forgotten about in my backpack…. talk about distraction.

http://www.so9.com.au
Shop 1, CASBA
18 Danks Street
Waterloo, NSW, 2017

Money for Martinis so.9
Money for Martinis so.9

Brook Andrew’s giant geometric beauties at The Cutaway.

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.

More info here:
http://barangaroo.sydney/things-to-do/brook-andrew-installation/

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Itching to get your doodle on?

Itching to get your doodle on? Well pop the pen to the paper and submit your inky wonderments here to be among the 12 selected for the ‘Draw me a Calendar’ competition.

30 bucks for one submission or 50 for two. Black ink on white paper only, doll faces and entries in by Monday September 21.

Click here for entry forms and the rest from the ArtSHINE guys:
http://www.artshinegallery.com/#!draw-me-a-calendar-2016/cakp

PC: Inkspiration from @getfunkt

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The Archibald Prize is free for ANZ customers this weekend.

You’re Wynning [I know, another dad joke!] if you are an ANZ customer entry is FREE for the whole weekend to see the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman prizes this weekend at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Off you go then!

We LOVED Karl de Waal’s submission. What are your thoughts on these miniature masterpieces?

Karl de Waal

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