Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Carriageworks: #19BOS

Went to check out Carriageworks yesterday - and it's probably the last of Biennale that I'll get to see this holidays (which are coming to a close). I have mixed feelings about this day, although it was so incredibly wonderful to see Manjekah and Janice again in real life! Hanging out and talking in person is completely different than online. I guess it's easy to be lured into thinking that you're spending time with somebody, just because you're messaging them, but somehow it's just not like that. It just isn't. Also Carriageworks was easily even more interpretative and far-fetched than the MCA and Cockatoo Island combined (the latter, when I think about it, is more tourist-y by nature).


We also went around and ended up seeing another exhibition that was on; Romance was Born. And it was utterly gorgeous, haha. I believe it is affiliated with fashion and actually does runway shows (but not 100% on this), would have to do some research on that.

Afterwards we spent a while thinking about what to eat for lunch and went for an aimless walk around Redfern. Given that it was a public holiday, it seemed that only the small cafes were open, but none of us were really that inclined on heading in and eating at one, but we did turn into a vintage clothing store. The lighting was so dim inside so I didn't really get that many decent photos, but man, the decor. I think my ISO was ramped up in there and even then my camera decided to go with slower shutter speed. Then we ended up spending a disproportionate amount of time buying train tickets and talking about Opal cards. No more contemplating buying a return or a single and missing trains due to ticket queues! Just a couple of small reasons to make the switch.

N2 Extreme Gelato doesn't lie when on its menu, it says it'll blowtorch your Creme Brulee icecream. They actually blow torched it, I was stunned. And it was surprising filling, like the cup was completely filled with icecream. Gosh it was so dense and so good. I really want to come back with Leo, haha. It's such a treat, and to be honest, is a bit of a splurge, but I figure that's part of the fun.
'Til next time then.
With love, from M

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Mt Wilson - The Search for Leaves

I've been out two days in a row and I now have this growing feeling of - gee I want to stay at home forever (but I can't because I'm going out on Monday again, haha). I'm also going to have to make up for two days of carefree adventures with solid study (and this isn't even really against my will) so I'll do my best. HSC is so hard dangit. I did have a good time yesterday (many thanks to Leo's parents) and I got a few nice photos. Autumn leaves really are the best thing.

This dog was absolutely adorable oh my goodness. Her name is Mally and apparently she really adores girls hahaha. When I went to pat her, she leapt up on me - she had her paws on my knees and was trying to lick me haha. She actually did lick me several times and I felt very overwhelmed by the affection.
Til next time.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Cockatoo Island and AGNSW: #19BOS

It's been a while since I last did a photo-heavy post, but to be frank, I don't think there'll be many impressive photos here. I find that some art exhibitions are more photo-friendly than others, and a lot of the time, good art isn't really meant to be recorded with a camera. Seeing things through the viewfinder ruins the experience a bit, really. But I did get some photos and there were a few stand-out pieces. Overall, from what I can see through the MCA, Cockatoo Island and AGNSW, this year's theme of You Imagine What You Desire probably doesn't fit with the average art viewer I think. I know BOS is meant to be accessible and engage a wide audience, but I think that given the state of our generation of people, a lot of the time the artist doesn't get through. The whole theme encourages active participation, many artists encouraged the audience to imagine and contemplate and create a (personal) connection (wait wasn't that the 18th BOS' theme) with the artwork. I feel like a lot of people would rather be told exactly what is going on in an artwork rather than have it be open-ended and open to interpretation like so many works were. And that's just laziness I think, and a lack of intergration/interaction with the artwork.

I think these sculptures (?) were probably the most enjoyable. Interactive art has been really well received, and for good reason, and I think this is an example of something well done. I think my lack of understanding of gym equipment and utter lack of functional muscles ANYWHERE probably sapped some of the enjoyment of this artwork from me, but it was really delightful regardless. But it's okay, I made a skeleton dance by having a go on the elliptical (is that it? anyway, Leo has photos) and it was good fun haha.

I'm also doing this blog a little out of order because I wanted to format the photos nicely (oh aesthetics), and one of the artworks that I adored was this set of houses that all looked like faces. Even the big belltower? church? looked like it was winking (I didn't get a good shot of it though, argh). It was just such a lovely, picturesque atmosphere, being there. And yes, everything was cute. How can you not like cute things. Yes, I'm shallow. And to be frank, I think sometimes it's okay for art to just be incredibly visually appealing and have incredible aesthetics and be appreciated for it. And so much love to Leo for the photo below.

We headed to the Art Gallery of NSW after we had lunch (god bless Japanese food, I love it). As always, I feel that the AGNSW picks were more conservative in style (especially incomparison to what the MCA had on show) but it was also a lot more digestible, and comprehendable (is that a word) to more people. At least that's what I felt. The performance art was lovely and the artist was so sweet. I didn't really expect it to be like that, but in the end, I kind of liked it. Art doesn't always have to be unreachable and out of the ordinary, I feel. It's an experience, it needs to convey something significant in a unique and special way. It's about the audience finding something in an artwork that speaks to them. I also wasn't expecting to see a postcolonial theorist being quoted at the Biennale (it seems like Ext1 English has educated me).

So I think I'm ending my #19BOS adventures here, but today was a good run, despite my mangled legs and it really was well worth it. I don't think any self-respecting person can really willingly miss BOS, because it is just a great opportunity to maybe discover something great about contemporary art. Of course there will be hits and misses, but I think that's inherent in art. It's inevitable that there'll be a work you can't comprehend or agree with, and I think as long as we're all being open-minded and respecting and contemplative about it, that's okay. Art is about being challenged and having somebody ask you a hard question. It's about learning something about yourself or about something else. Art makes people feel more alive and wake people up to the life they're living.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

In Between Places

I haven't blogged for a while mainly because I haven't had the time/nothing interesting has happened, and of course because I hadn't really taken photos of anything? But I guess since holidays have finally come around again, I have some time to go out again and what not. Athletics and Cross Country happened in the last few weeks of term, and I was really satisfied with how I went in Cross Country haha. For Athletics I just ran around with my camera mostly. Cross Country had super difficult lighting but I guess in the end I managed. Leo said that I tend to edit and get a sunlit/washed out look.

Started listening to more house lately. Next time I go Biennale I think I'll be bringing my camera along so hopefully some more colourful content and what not will start popping up here. I still like photographing humans more though. Will start bringing my camera along when I go out somewhere that I know will be visually pleasing.
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