Tuesday, August 15, 2006

walking towards, running away

I have just read in the newspaper that an exhibition of Giacometti sculpture is coming to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.
I first saw a Giacometti sculpture of a walking man years ago when an exhibition of works from the Guggenhiem came to Sydney. It is one of the art experiences I really remember. This sculpture was so dynamic. The thin man striding purposefully or desperately his energy was just bursting out of him. I thought this work captured the essence of movement and all its contradictions, escape, freedom, leaving , running towards.

We have to travel a long way in Australia to see original art. In my practice this has been a really important use of time and money. Seeing art in the flesh has a certain inexplicable power that is not available in images.

Today I am back in the studio for the first time since Sydney. Balancing motherhood and artistic output can be a very frustrating task- like trying to sleep under a blanket that is way too small! Having said that motherhood is also very inspiring. The work of Janis Mars Wunderlich captures this perfectly

. ..... and its a lot of fun!


Florence said...

Art in the flesh is a wonderful thing. I hate it when I hear people bag Monet, for example, as just a bunch of dabs on canvas. But unlike the prints the original are alive with light and colour captured to perfection. Monet was a true master. I say to these people (if they could be called that)go try it yourself and see how you do! Their gormless faces stare back as if I've presumed to heavily upon mankind. At least it shuts them up.

Sounds like a good exhibition. I wish I could go to NSW to see it.


shannon said...

Hi Florence,
I couldn't agree more. Seeing the beautiful Monet paintings in the London National Gallery and being able to sit in front of them for a long time totally immersed in the world of colour and movement was one of my most sustaining experiences during the three long years I lived in SE England. Bary Jones (the politicain) was on the ABC a few weeks ago and he said "Art makes sense of life" It was so great to hear someone in a position of power saying this. Art makes sense of my life.

Florence said...

One of the reasons I write Crackle Mountain is because it gives me the opportunity to present the beautiful art works I encounter within a cultural context - to help the stories make sense and to bring forward the cultural layers that participate in the creation of art. Crackle Mounatin allows me to share this dual knowledge with others in a non-intellectual way.

Art is a companion and a treasure to both the mind and heart. The more I learn the richer I feel:)