Black Dot Gallery – Brunswick Art Space – Tinning Street presents…
This week I’ve been riding my bike to a few galleries in Brunswick. It was fun to ride my bike to the Counihan Gallery last Sunday (see my review January @ Counihan). It is much better than using public transport to get to a gallery. Plus I got to see all of the graff along the Upfield bike path and around Brunswick. Lush has been bombing so many of his cats along the line. There were half a dozen people painting along the bike path on Sunday – they were only up to the outlines and blocking in – so there will be new pieces to see next time I ride that way.
I hadn’t been to Black Dot Gallery in Brunswick East before. There is a gift shop/office space in the front and then a separate long room with a wood floor, white walls and track lighting. Black Dot Gallery is an aboriginal artist-run gallery space with a regular program of exhibitions.
Their current exhibition “Dandy Boy” is part of the Midsumma festival’s visual arts program. It is a group exhibition so the quality of the work varies. I was impressed by Cecilia Kavara’s “Identity Negative’ a 9 min projection of a high contrast image of Kavara removing white tape that covers her body, slowly disappearing, right until the final moment when she walks off with a few scraps of tape still on her.
On Friday night there were two exhibition openings in Brunswick and at each all the poles around both of the galleries had bicycles chained to them.
At Brunswick Art Space, there was “Entry”, the 8th annual Brunswick Art Space Contemporary Art Prize. With 91 works on exhibition there was a lot to look at and some obvious trends. Art with text was a major feature of many of the better works, like Lesley O’Gorman “No Shoes” but art text has been a trend for a century. There was also a lot of good art that was raw, brutal and rough; the best of these was Courtney Wills “Internal Series: ILEUM”, a lumpy chunk of wax that was slowly bleeding something sticky and red onto its elegant glass and steel plinth.
Tinning Street Presents… had “Your Old Self” an exhibition of artists reinterpreting an artwork from their childhood. It is an excellent theme for an exhibition, the artist’s childhood artwork and a current artwork united in painted circles on the gallery’s wall. It takes Picasso’s remarks about painting like a child to a new level. The exhibition included works by notable artists Sam Leach and Shaun Tan. Tan did a painting based on a childhood drawing “Fighting a Monster”.
I was riding my bicycle because I’m tired of public transport as a way of getting to see galleries. Myki is getting me down (my card has broken down twice) on top of the decades of neglect and poor service; Melbourne public transport is simply not good value for money. So I’m going to try to see more local galleries for a while. I still haven’t been to Ceres small works gallery Synergy Gallery @ The Red Train. Last month I rode my bicycle to the Library Gallery; I missed the Ros Bandt performances but saw the installation of her instruments. There are plenty of galleries within easy riding distance from my house and when I get my fitness level up there will be more.
February 4th, 2013 at 2:31 PM
I do enjoy walking to (and between, on busy nights) galleries. Ros Bandt was captivating to watch, her music is soothing and evocative – especially on a hot January night! She has been blogging about her residency, including posting footage of her performances.
February 4th, 2013 at 8:08 PM
I’m sorry that I missed the Ros Bandt performances as I’ve been listening to her music since the late 80s.
February 6th, 2013 at 8:37 AM
Hopefully she has another residency/performance soon, if I hear of anything, will let you know.
February 6th, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Ros Bandt will be speaking at the opening of “Sound an Vision” at the Counihan on 28th Feb.
February 6th, 2013 at 1:38 PM
Is that the Emma Lashmar /Ross Manning/ Sarah Duyshart group show? Definitely want to check that out…
February 6th, 2013 at 1:41 PM
Yes, “Sound and Vision” Duyshart/Lashmar/Manning at the Counihan. There are some interesting talks, performances and workshops along with the exhibition, I’m looking forward to it.
February 6th, 2013 at 1:50 PM
Fabulous! Me too!