August Pop-Up Arts Newsletter

August Pop-Up Arts Newsletter

Well I missed July entirely but I hope you caught Ronnie Heng’s dreamy b&w underwater pics or the Warli artists from Western India exhibition at Cooee Gallery. I did see Bangarra Dance Company perform Lore and it was beautiful – the body movements, the costumes and the light! And I managed to get out of town a couple of times, with a short trip to the Blue Mountains and a hike on the Darwin Track in the cool of 7degrees on a sunny day – 2 days later it snowed 30cm! yikes. A bushwalk in the mountains is always magical. Then another few days on a drive south to Berry, Shoalhaven Heads, Currarong, Gerroa, Gerringong and back through Kiama – very pretty country and coastal driving.

Spring is definitely on its way with perfumed jasmine blossoms bursting open everywhere and magnolia trees full of flowers, but when you’re looking for some great arty indoor ideas here are some good ones for August, from Sydney to country NSW, to Hobart, Melbourne and Canberra.

This is my new newsletter format so please stay with me while I get it all sorted…
Thanks everyone. Cassie.
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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS & ARTISTS I AM WORKING WITH…
OPENING THIS WEEK IN MELBOURNE… Rodney Schaffer. LUNA. The Disguise of Daylight.
18-29 August 2015. OPENING Tue 18 Aug 5-7pm / ARTIST WALKAROUND Sat 22 Aug @ 2pm

The photographer builds each image from inky black. Familiar organic and inorganic objects are purposefully sought out and selected. Here they are captured alone. Isolated. No longer disguised by daylight. Darkness can be a dangerous place, says Schaffer. This series of photographs is an exploration of how we might perceive and respond to our surroundings. Shot in Melbourne and across Australia, these images hold both beauty and mystery. Stunning! Forty-Five Downstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
www.rodschaffer.com.au / www.fortyfivedownstairs.com


Crocodylus porosus (Far Nth Qld):  Xanthorrhea australis (East Gippsland)
Photographs by Rodney Schaffer
Adil Sahin (L) and Len Hall (R) meet as friends in 1990 on the Gallipoli Peninsula, the 1915 battlefield they once fought on as enemies. Adil was 17 years old when he enlisted and Len only 16 – here together 75 years later. Photograph by Vedat Acikalin.

ON NOW IN SYDNEY & HOBART…
Vedat Acikalin. Gallipoli Then & Now: Bonds Forged by War
Until 22 August in Hobart.  Allport Library, 91 Murray Street, Hobart

Until 30 September in Sydney. Level 1 & 2, Customs House, Circular Quay
Touring nationally to 5 cities Sydney, Hobart, Perth (Oct), Melbourne (Nov), Canberra (Dec).
Also currently touring in Turkey, on now in Istanbul until end of September.

A documentary series 30 years in the making. This poignant collection really tells us about the humanness of those directly touched by this war and the bonds and friendships that stemmed from connections between the Aussies, New Zealanders and the Turks. Families may feel pride in their fathers and grandfathers for fighting, or dying, or going to war, but I think the pride is not in them fighting in this war, but in their bravery for being there at all, whatever folly, misguided sense of adventure, or propaganda led them there.
The Sydney exhibition is the biggest of the 5 venues and runs the longest at 2 months, but every exhibition is also individual to the city where it will be shown. The Touring Exhibitions to Hobart, Perth, Melbourne and Canberra are curated by Sandy Edwards of ARTHERE.
Customs House, Sydney www.sydneycustomshouse.com.au/whatson
Allport Library & Museum of Fine Arts, Hobart www.linc.tas.gov.au/events
Rahmi M. Koc Museum, Istanbul, Turkey www.rmk-museum.org
MEDIA ABC online Sydney Morning Herald Australian Photography Magazine Daily Mail online

L-R Aunty Joyce Williams; Wayne Carr; Uncle Billy Lou. Photographs by Asher Milgate

ON NOW IN WELLINGTON, country NSW…
Asher Milgate. Survivors. 60,000 years.
Until 29 August 2015
In March this year Survivors was shown in Dubbo at Western Plains Regional Gallery and over 18,000 people visited this exhibition. Now it’s showing in the home town of the Elders photographed and where Asher himself grew up – Wellington in country New South Wales.
This powerful series documents the life of the traditional owners, the Binjang people of the Wiradjuri nation. Survivors records stories from Wellington’s elders – and elders in waiting – about life at Nanima, the Common and on the outskirts of town. In 1832 the first colonial inland Aboriginal mission was established in Wellington, which became known as the Nanima Mission in 1910. The mission became the longest continually operating Aboriginal reserve in Australia. The elders of Wellington shared with Asher some of their most intimate memories; tales of their families, of love, regret, loss, hardship and hope. The State Library of NSW have expressed great interest in this series. I believe everyone should see this exhibition and hear these stories. A superbly crafted exhibition and one we hope to bring to Sydney.
Macquarie Theatre, 36-42 Swift Street, Wellington (country NSW).
www.survivors.net.au
MEDIA Listen to Interview ABC RN Awaye Big Issue Magazine The Guardian

Countrymen. Photograph by Juno Gemes

ON NOW IN CANBERRA…
Juno Gemes. Spirit Maps
Until 30 August
From website: ‘Visual advocacy has been the hallmark of Juno Gemes’ artistic practice for more than four decades…A series of photogravure meditations reveal fresh nuances through repeated impressions of two of Gemes’ most effecting and memorable photographs. Countrymen (seen here) is a timeless, iconic and lyrical image capturing a moment of pure connection, respect, and affection between three Lawmen. One with the Land is a quiet family portrait, a celebration of the patience and poetry of traditional hunting and fishing, connection to country. Both of these images are the product of a privileged intimacy for Gemes and her camera. Gemes recently collaborated with master photogravure printer Lothar Osterling at his 3rd St Studio in Brooklyn, NY, producing this group of images’. extract from text by Charleyene Olgivie.
Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest (Canberra) ACT
www.junogemes.com / www.manningclark.org.au

A MOVIE & BAR RECOMMENDATION JUST BECAUSE…
MY FAVOURITE MOVIE OF THE MONTH…
20 Feet From Stardom

A movie length documentary released in 2013. I loved the stories, the music, the footage and the incredible voices. I also found out who is the real backup singer on the Rolling Stones track Gimme Shelter – and I always thought it was Patti Smith silly me. I loved this film. Just fabulous! You’ll be playing all your old vinyl for sure with a new appreciation of those backing voices you often sing along with.
VIEW OFFICIAL TRAILER CLIP
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT & BAR OF THE MONTH…
Mr. Wong (Sydney)

It may have taken me a little while to dine here but in the last couple of months I have been twice and ready to head back again. I love it. The food, the exhausting wine list (everything from a bottle of Merivale ‘Remy’ Yarra Valley house white for $42 a bottle to a Dom Pérignon ‘Oenothèque’ for $2900), the staff and the interiors. Part of the Merivale group, Justin Hemmes sure surrounds himself with great designers and I owe it to him for hiring great staff. The second time we ended up here was after a very funny Faulty Towers-esque experience at nearby OBar, the revolving cocktail bar at the top of Australia Square. Another bar with a great view – 360degree view over Sydney – but the staff really had no reason to be so pretentious and without intention, rather comical. Instead have a drink first at Palmer & Co, if you can find it, before heading to Mr.Wong.
3 Bridge Lane, Sydney www.merivale.com.au/mrwong

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