Last week saw the celebrations for Navy Fleet Week. The Review is being held to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney. On 4 October 1913 the flagship, HMAS Australia, led the new Australian Fleet Unit comprising HMA Ships Melbourne, Sydney, Encounter, Warrego, Parramatta and Yarra into Sydney Harbour for the first time to be greeted by thousands of cheering citizens lining the foreshore. This was a moment of great national pride and importance, one recognised as a key indicator of Australia's progress towards national maturity. One hundred years later a huge visiting fleet of warships and tall ships (oh, and Prince Harry) came to mark the occasion with much pomp and ceremony, and of course with a whopping display of the famed Sydney fireworks. Although I'm a bit fireworked out after many years of watching us shooting pretty pollution into the sky, I must say even I was impressed.
So, with my friend GB, I went down to the Harbour's edge to sit in the cafe of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), ostensibly to eat food and drink wine, but also to take in Sydney Harbour in the midst of all the comings and goings of big ships, small ships and tall ships. I actually enjoyed the small ships best, the Sydney Harbour Ferries, varied in style and size, but all buzzing importantly in and out from Circular Quay. The view from the front doors of the MCA is wonderful.
The MCA is probably my favourite art gallery in Sydney, though I'm a bit fickle and easily swayed. However, I don't think I've ever been disappointed by a visit to the MCA and on this occasion we were planning to take in the exhibition string theory. This link has many bios of the artists.
["‘string theory’ is a scientific term that speculates on the theory of
everything. In this exhibition, we take it to mean the open-ended
expansion and connections of ideas, stories and techniques." and "string theory, showing at the MCA 16
August – 27 October 2013 presents a wide range of artworks by over 30 of
Aboriginal artists working with expanded notions of textile and craft
traditions. Source: MCA websites]
Here are some of the works I particularly liked/loved/was impressed by. The first is a rush matt by Steven Russell. Rainbow Serpent 2013. I've always wanted one of these on my wall. Small chance.
Actually Mo Crow bought some, as she tells here on her blog post. I couldn't find any to buy but I do have some Pacific Island string from Funafuti so I can be happy with that. Raki by Lipaki Marlaypa [1932-]. Yirrakala, Northeastern Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
Jimmy Pike/Desert Designs : Founded 1985/relaunched 2012. Jimmy Pike [c1940-2002] of the Walmajarri people. (This above is not a great link but at least gives a resume of his life.) Digitally printed silk crepe de chine. I've loved Jimmy Pike's Desert Designs since the 80s and still have a Jimmy Pike shirt from that era. This fabric hung from the ceiling and was just magnificent.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Established 1995 by the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council; NPY Lands, Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. NPY language groups.
Primavera 2013 Young Australian Artists. This is an annual exhibition showcasing the work of young Australian artist aged 35 and under. This year eight artists were featured and here is just one of them, the cascading porcelain forms of Juz Kitzon [1987-] Sydney. Changing skin 2013.Beautiful and creepy at one and the same time...
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