Brilliant Dilletantes

Brilliant Dilletantes, Subculture in Germany, in the 1980’s,  is on at RMIT Storey Hall Gallery now until 27 February 2016. I liked what I saw. Tonight, 3rd December at 5.30pm a talk is being given about a new book by Australian writer and Berlin resident, Stuart Braun, discussing his new book  “City of Exiles:Berlin from the Outside In” with Dr Peter Milne.

Brilliant Dilletantes
Brilliant Dilletantes

I believe both are worth a look.

Subculture in Germany in the 1980's
Subculture in Germany in the 1980’s

MADA Graduate Show 2015

I walked to Caulfield, from my home in Elsternwick to see the MADA Graduate Fine Art and Visual Art Exhibition. I wasn’t disappointed. The work on display was extremely innovative, explorative, and visually stunning. It covered a diverse range of visual practice including installation, photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture and drawing.

Jamie O'Connell interviewed by Bess Davey & Tom Nicholson
Jamie O’Connell interviewed by Bess Davey & Tom Nicholson

Spread over the entire floors of the old, iconic, former CIT Building, in Dandenong Rd, it embraced a fine visual aesthetic and displayed a comprehensive skill base of the newly graduated practitioners.

Of particular interest was the area where the Honours Students were exhibiting. This is the proposed 2016 studio space for the first year, Bachelor of Fine Art Degree students.

Jamie O'Connell interviewed by Bess Davey & Tom Nicholson
Jamie O’Connell interviewed by Bess Davey & Tom Nicholson
Jamie O'Connell interviewed by Bess Davey & Tom Nicholson
Jamie O’Connell interviewed by Bess Davey & Tom Nicholson

The Boyd Show

This comprehensive exhibition centred on the Boyd family, and their work, is informative and diverse. Historically interesting, it chronicles the work of one of the most influential, and significant Australian Art families. Working in the fields of painting, sculpture,pottery, ceramics, literature, architecture, poetry and music, there is much to see in the exhibition. Metric Boyd, Earthernware Vase, 1931

 

 Arthur Boyd, My father, Merric Boyd’s pottery and kiln, 1934

 

polly

‘Polly’ , Arthur Boyd, oil painting, 1951

ab landscapeArthur Boyd, Landscape, oil painting, 1969

For fifty years, they resided in an area of Murrumbeena, a South Eastern suburb of Melbourne, in an idyllic bush setting which inspired much of their work.

VCA School of Art 2015 Graduate Exhibition

Graduation Show 15
Graduation Show 15

The VCA School of Art 2015 Graduate Exhibition  opened tonight and I went along, preparing to be

En En See " Fold Paintings"oil on linen and hessian
En En See ” Fold Paintings”oil on linen and hessian

dazzled. I wasn’t disappointed. There was a massive array of work on display, which attracted a large crowd. Seen lurking in the distance was Paul Borg, ex VU teacher, the enigmatic Louise Hall, current VU teacher but the mercurial Peter Burke was nowhere in sight! Perhaps still frantically installing the Graduate 2015 VU Exhibition?

Emma White "Six Mile", acrylic paint and fluorescent lights
Emma White “Six Mile”, acrylic paint and fluorescent lights
Emma White "Six Mile", acrylic paint and fluorescent lights
Emma White “Six Mile”, acrylic paint and fluorescent lights

The work was varied, innovative and skillful. Of particular interest were the large canvases, of either acrylic or oil paint, placed onto stretchers, displaying a variety of subject matter and painting styles. Several were figurative and realistic, but my favourites were abstract compositions, executed in a very painterly fashion, employing a bold colour palette. It is a method I have adopted in my own artistic practice in the latter half of the year, specifically following my Detroit field trip. My canvases were not stretched as I worked spontaneously off a roll of canvas I bought for my entry into the Basil Sellers Prize.

En En See " Cut Diamond"oil on linen, steel
En En See ” Cut Diamond”oil on linen, steel

I attended an interview, in these esteemed premises last week, in my pursuit of further visual art training, and anxiously await its

En En See " Cut Diamond"oil on linen, steel
En En See ” Cut Diamond”oil on linen, steel

outcome.

 

The exhibition was too vast to see it all in much detail, I will return when the crowds have abated and I am easily able to view all works more thoroughly.