Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher, mostly helping in the kitchen where the hot orders are cooked, or in the preparation kitchen where the sausages, burger patties and schnitzels are made. Long days, but very enjoyable. I'm not tied to the kitchen sink (whew!) so I'm free to wander around Newtown, one of the most interesting shopping areas in Sydney. Very alternative and I love it.
On one of my excursions I took myself to Carriageworks, within walking distance of Suzy's shop. This was the venue for Sydney Contemporary 13, Sydney's new international art fair. Carriageworks (once part of the railyards of Sydney) is massive and in the four hours I was at the fair I think I probably saw about one third of the exhibition. I have way too many photos, many I can't identify, but I'll show you some of my favourites that I have found names for. I have long been very interested in New Zealand art and was pleased to find a range of favourite NZ artists. This is a detail from Bill Hammond's Midnight in the Mountains series.
Max Gimblett's quatrefoil series, a lush and luminous work. Max is one of my art heroes, from way back. A lovely man.
Damien Hirst's butterflies were stunning and unsettling. One painting is made up of real butterflies - wings and bodies - and as with much of Hirst's work, has caused distress to animal lovers. I think this is a painting, one of four on display and they were glorious but I couldn't help making sure I got as much reflection from the factory-like windows as possible. Perhaps a Damien Hirst butterfly making a gettaway?
This hanging installation by Lyndi Sales is titled Vesica Piscus, huge radiant perspex discs catching the light. This was just one of many works by Lindi Sales and I loved her precision, particularly in cut paper works.
Difficult to photograph, and one of a group of architectural forms by Daniel Agdag, these beautifully intricate girders are made of cardboard, cut with a scalpel and placed in hand blown glass domes. This one is titled The Decline, 2013, and measures 58.5 x 30.5 cm.
Chang'An Avenue detail 2013. One of 12 street lights by Liu Zhuoquan, which replicate streetlamps found along Beijing's Avenue of Eternal Peace. The crows are painted inside each glass shade of the lamps, painted with meticulous detail. The 12 lamps, dimly lit, were extremely beautiful.
For sheer sumptuousness, the contemporary folded screens of Maio Motoko could not be bettered. Using the traditional double hinge, and an amazing array of surface materials, these screens are completely stunning. I spent so long just looking, and still looking, that it's not surprising I didn't get right around the rest of the exhibition. There was so much to see here for a book binder, just getting my head around the hinging was a delight. Definitely one of my favourites.
Another favourite, and another that I spent a long time examining. Almost impossible to get a decent photograph as they were badly displayed on a desk full of gallery bits and pieces. This is a set of metal forms by Peter Zappa. If I could have afforded them I would have bought them in a heartbeat. However, sadly, they were way out of my price range...
Last, but certainly not least, is one of the few traditional Aboriginal artworks on display, though those that were there were wonderful. This painting is attributed to Jack Karedada, untitled (Wandjina) c. 1971. Earth pigments on Eucalyptus bark, 145.5 x 67 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Mo Crow has a lovely post about this same exhibition here. Do have a look. Mo has links to many other interesting artists I haven't mentioned here.
Sorry I'm only managing one post a month. I have plenty I want to say but actually getting to sit at my desktop is becoming more and more difficult. Thanks for sticking with me, I do love to get your comments.