Weekly roundup 17 July 2016

It’s been a week of more activity than thinking / processing / writing. Lots of unfinished threads still being followed.

A dot list will have to do, some to be fleshed out when I have time or progress to a better review point.

  • Lecture: Craig Judd Chalk and cheese: Dr Albert C Barnes and Gertrude Vanderbuilt Whitney (part of the AGNSW Collectors & Collections series).
  • Exhibition: Julian Rosefeldt Manifesto, AGNSW (link).

    I’m watching this film installation in small bites, a little each time I’m at the gallery. Plus reading the catalogue/book.

  • Exhibition: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, AGNSW (link).

    Very popular and busy. I’ve only heard people talk about the “Frida” or “Frida Kahlo” exhibition, no mention of Rivera. Apart from the work itself, leaves me thinking about “Art” and fame and purpose and history (Manifesto coming into this strongly too).

  • Exhibition: New Romance: Art and the posthuman, MCA (link).

    Fun with dystopian futures?

  • Exhibition: Telling tales: Excursions in narrative form, MCA. (link)
  • Reading: Emmanuel Petis “Architecture in the age of disentangled authorship: Textile impulses since the sixties” In Brüderlin, M (ed) (2013) Art & Textiles: Fabric as material and concept in modern art from Klimt to the present Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz Verlag
  • Reading: Juhani Pallasmaa (2011) The embodied image: Imagination and imagery in architecture Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd

    Ongoing. I’ve been working on this a couple of weeks now and it is challenging – physically as well as intellectually, given the size of the print and the occasional use of mid-green on white.

    Slow reading as I keep drifting into an internal debate. The author writes about art generally, but with a particular focus on architecture and a particular point of view about aesthetics. Not sure I want my art to fit within this art. (see Manifesto above)

  • Reading: Textile: Cloth and Culture. Volume 14 Issue 1. Dated March 2016 but arrived in the mail this week.
    I subscribe to this journal and it’s great for different perspectives and for finding whole different areas of textiles I’m unaware of (endless quantity of those 🙂 ).

    This issue has the particular theme Crafting Community, leading to yet more musing on “Art”. I usually try to avoid quite so much thinking about all these labels and power struggles (meaning over the definition of a word), but it’s coming up everywhere I look.

  • Reading: Anthony Doerr All the light we cannot see
    A novel, so wouldn’t normally reach this blog. Perhaps I can pretend it’s relevant given the non-linear narrative structure, which connects to the MCA exhibition, but in honesty it’s a wonderful and appalling read – no further justification required.

    My mother was 11 and living in an industrial city of Englands’s north when WWII was declared. She’s given a copy of Doerr’s book to each of her children because it’s meant so much to her.

  • Basketry NSW (link).
    I wrote about their current exhibition last week (10-Jul-2016).

    I’m now a member, having just enough experience to qualify. I’m excited – basketry techniques seem to offer some of the structural and sculptural properties I’m looking for. Plus there are monthly gatherings, each person working on their own projects. A possible counterweight to the isolation of distance learning.

  • Shopping Another thing I wouldn’t normally mention, but there is a link. I now have a stock of beautiful colours of mulberry paper – as used in Joomchi felting (10-Jul-2016) and paper coiled baskets (19-Mar-2016). I’m hoping to be able to combine ideas from these two workshops in a personal project, ready for my first Basketry meet.
  • Grid / depth weaving. Work continues. I’ve been trying a couple of different arrangements of the warp and weft of the metal sample (11-Jul-2016). The shopping expedition included acquiring some fairly open steel mesh, which could work in this project.

    Not enough to show yet.

  • 2 Responses to “Weekly roundup 17 July 2016”

    1. 1 Claire B July 17, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Judy, seriously! Did you have time to sleep this week?
      Loved the shopping trip yesterday and looking forward to seeing those papers transformed.

      • 2 fibresofbeing July 17, 2016 at 7:13 pm

        Too much. I enjoyed it all, but my brain has indigestion.
        Lots of fun shopping, and some great new sources.

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