Linden postcard show 2010

22 02 2010

The 2009 Linden Postcard show last year was one of the first exhibitions I wrote about when I started this blog. In fact, I still wish I’d bought the vent photograph by Jenny Marinovic. So I visited this year intent on allowing myself to buy a small piece if it called to me.

Well, sadly, all was silent. No pieces called to me. Disappointing.

Linden building

That said though, there were a few pieces worth mentioning that were good, but three of the four had been already sold:

  • Betra Fraval “Moth”, midnight blue gouache (#505); her blog shows some more of her work
  • Suellen Entwisle “In Loving Memory” series, tins with resin, quiet and sensitive pieces in the currently popular oeuvre of recycling tins (incl. #430); afterwards I found that I had previously published a photograph of work Suellen had in the ‘In Bloom‘ exhibition last year [at least I think it’s the same person]
  • Carmen Reid’s beautiful pencil drawings of potatoes, and while the used envelope is a popular material, it doesn’t really lend itself to hanging in my home (incl. #1260)
  • Richard Webber “Untitled” oil painting (I think?) fusing the ubiquitous wooden jointed figure with the classical painting ‘The Valpincon Bather (1808)’ by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres [Louvre] with fantastic technique – it’s worth visiting the exhibition just for this one piece (#1630)

Again, there were an enormous number of works, and yes it can be overwhelming. That can be overcome with concentration and focus, which really needs to be employed to get over the annoying soundtrack of the audio/video work … it really distracted and detracted from the other works.

Oh, and I thought I’d have a quiet Sunday afternoon visit … shame I didn’t realise the St Kilda festival was on that day. Mmm, not so quiet!

Acland Street, St Kilda; festival

Linden Postcard Show‘ 2010 [link] is on until 27th March 2010.





Beauty in the city

20 02 2010

I like looking up when I’m wandering around our fair city. This spotted while waiting for the start of the Craft Victoria lecture ‘Make it, Design it, Fund it’.

Corner of Flinders Lane and Spring Street.





Past exhibition: ‘Sting of Passion’

19 02 2010

In searching for an image of a particular necklace last week [for this previous post], I literally stumbled across the below startling image on Klimt02. I immediately saw a connection between this neckpiece and the one I was searching for, and in fact the one Paloma wears in the image that kicked off this web of threads in the first place.

image used with permission from Klimt02; click on image to go through to original source; image not to be reproduced without permission from Klimt02

The above piece is ‘Neckpiece for Ophelia‘, 2009, of concrete and glass, by Kepa Karmona. It’s not exactly wearable, but my goodness it’s striking, yes?!

This was exhibited in Manchester Art Gallery, Jul-Oct2009, as part of the ‘Sting of Passion‘ exhibition.

The curator writes on Klimt02 [here] that this is: “An exhibition of jewellery made in response to Manchester Art Gallery’s collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. The title of this exhibition, The Sting of Passion, is taken from a line in a poem, which the Greek poet, Sappho wrote as a hymn to Aphrodite.

The page on Klimt02 [here] shows a few more pieces alongside the artwork that inspired them – with permission, I have used a few of the images here. The one below is especially gorgeous – it’s a bracelet of sterling silver, fine gold and garnets, and is by Jivan Astfalck. Looking at it initially without knowing the scale, I thought it was a tiara, and thought that was just wonderful.

image used with permission from Klimt02; click on image to go through to original source; image not to be reproduced without permission from Klimt02

No, I didn’t see this exhibition personally. Aside from the connection to the other neckpieces I’ve been thinking of lately, another reason I write about it (and want to remember it for posterity) is that I sincerely love the idea of jewellery, or in fact any artwork, made ‘in response’ to other art. I’ve done a little of this myself, with some of my pieces in third year referencing portraits of Henry VIII and others of a similar era … I’ll share these another time.

Also, if it didn’t seem so daunting (and probably take years to develop and organise!), I have often thought about a project and exhibition where a handful of jewellers select an art work to ‘respond to’ (within a broad, as yet unspecified, concept/theme) and after the initial pieces are made, receive another jeweller’s piece to respond to; so two layers of response and two pieces from each jeweller … maybe some time in the future.

Update (25th February): it dawned on me that the last ‘past exhibition’ I wrote about was also a body of work responding to other art work, in that case ‘The Presence of Things’ exhibitors responded to pieces in the collection of the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria.

Update (28th February): I have been in contact with the curator of the project, Jo Bloxham, and her site has some wonderful images and information about this project – here.





My jewellery collection #13

17 02 2010

I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy the annual RMIT Gold and Silversmithing auction, and I’ve bought a few pieces there before. The below brooch is one I bought at the 2008 auction – it’s by Lucy Hearn (yes, another one!).

I love it. The weight is so pleasing, it’s smooth and beautiful to hold.

[photographs published with artist permission; copyright belongs to the artist and images are not to be reproduced without permission]

Lucy Hearn brooch; amended copyright notice as above

I hope to write an artist profile on Lucy in the coming months…

Lucy Hearn brooch; amended copyright notice as above

Other pieces in my collection from Lucy are #9, #7 and #6 – yay!

… last post on my jewellery collection #10, #11 & #12