Welcome to Part 2 of Melbourne Now. Hold on to your laptop/keyboard, we’re about to get arty.
We began, as any good outing should, by playing a game of table tennis in the NGV foyer.
It’s not pictured below as I was having too much fun (sorry/not sorry) but the tables are just off to the left.
Having suffered enough of a defeat by my opponent we ventured into the gallery.
Jon Campbell’s Dunno (T.Towels) bought back many memories of visiting service stations in the middle of nowhere during long car trips on family holidays. I have a soft spot for servo hot chips.
I really connected to one of the messages of the piece below.
Touring an art gallery I will read every placard for every piece of art I stop to look at, much to the irritation of some of my companions. While this can be a lengthy process, I firmly believe there is a lot to gain from reading these descriptions and dontworry by Mark Hilton is an example of just this.
From afar, dontworry was just the phrase ‘dont worry’ against a wall but up closer it was made up of intricately detailed panels depicting figures engaged in violent or lewd behaviour.
Initially assuming these scenes were imitating Medieval or Classical works, reading the placard revealed they were based on events witnessed or experienced during the artist’s life growing up in suburban Melbourne. To me this made the violent scenes a little more disturbing and, as the placard described, question ‘normal’ codes of behaviour.
Turning a corner for something completely different we were handed a sheet of bird stickers to add to Juan Ford’s You, Me and the Flock .
You might be able to spot my stickers. They’re the black ones near the branches.
I’m not going to say too much about Marco Fusinato’s Aetheric plexus (Broken X) other than my friend’s reaction to the piece was one of the greatest I have ever seen. Go and experience it for yourself and let me know what you think.
Downstairs the exhibition continued outside in the NGV Gardens.
Cameron Robbins’ Climate control creates ink drawings on paper and is controlled by wind and solar power – pretty nifty. It reminded me of the harmonographs at Scitech in Perth, where as kids we would swing a pendulum around and draw shapes on a sheet of paper. Mum was always thrilled when we’d return with a dozen pieces of paper covered in overlapping circles and proudly put them on the fridge.
Not part of Melbourne Now but as Henry Moore is one of my favourite artists I have to include at least one of his sculptures on my blog: Draped seated woman. What a lady. Enjoy.
Also Sliders On Tyres, the food truck pictured behind, serves amazing Arancini Balls as well as other delicious street food. If you find yourself at the NGV on the weekend and a bit peckish give them a try.
As in my last Melbourne Now post I didn’t cover everything so you really should go see it for yourself.
Difficult to picture so not included above was an exhibit on the future of Melbourne which presented some interesting information about the present state of the city and asked where we’d like to see it in the future.
It’s difficult to summarise an exhibition which is so broad and covers so many art styles. But Melbourne Now does achieve what it set out to do – this is a fantastic celebration and exploration of Melbourne’s artists, designers and culture.
Go Now Before It’s Too Late
22 November – 23 March
National Gallery of Victoria