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Here be dragons

February 22, 2012
Here be dragons

Here be dragons,
originally uploaded by Figgles1.

Went for a short walk around the block yesterday for a bit of fresh air and exercise after being stuck at home unwell. You can imagine how cheered up I was to find this drawing on the pavement by the bbqs in Saletina Ridge park. Here be dragons indeed!

Via Flickr:A chalk drawing in a local park


Visual literacy and censorship

September 19, 2011

Spot the obscenity!

This image from the poster for the play Tender napalm recently caused controversy here in Perth and was banned by the Public Transport Authority:

Tender Napalm poster imageI find this poster for the film Friends with benefits is far more obscene (take a look at their fingers!):

Friends with Benefits poster

but didn’t appear to attract controversy.  I saw it recently at Darling Harbour in Sydney, (can anyone confirm if it was used in Perth?  I assume so as it’s the poster on Sony Pictures Australia’s site.)

Is it just me or is there something out of kilter in the way we define obscenity?  Or are the censorious not visually literate?

(And just in case you are wondering, I wouldn’t call for the banning of either poster)

Draw for iPad

July 5, 2011

Mucking around with the draw app on the iPad!




Nocturne: Silver and Gold — Roe Street footbridge

June 14, 2011


Come let us remember the joys of the town:
Gay vans and bright buses that roar up and down,
Shop-windows and playgrounds and swings in the park,
And street-lamps that twinkle in rows after dark.

Doris Gill

A dreamy nostalgia engendered by the sight of a wet road at dusk!

Strange creature in Fremantle

January 5, 2011

Strange Creature in Fremantle

Strange Creature in Fremantle

Who or what is this creature found hiding in a tree in the Henderson Street Mall?

Bazaar – a place to find favourite things

December 4, 2010

Bazaar Logo

Brooches from buttons and from broken china,

Food bought for presents and food for the diner,

Brown paper ba-ags (not tied up with string) –

These are a few of Bazaar’s fav’rite things!

Calico bags with hand stencilled decals,

Brooches like flowers with bright paper petals,

Drawings and etchings to make your heart sing –

These are a few of Bazaar’s fav’rite things!

Silver that shines with a patina of hist’ry

Porcelain and glassware and other things glistery

Necklaces, earrings and all kinds of bling –

These are a few of Bazaar’s fav’rite things!

Snowman knitted tea cozy

Snow Cozy by Looseleaf

Knitted tea cozies in shapes all fantastic,

Dresses and blouses and belts from elastic,

Wallets and handbags for stashing your things –

These are a few of Bazaar’s fav’rite things!

Sculptural steel the garden is lighting,

Swords made of timber for playing at fighting,

Boxes well crafted, and all types of rings –

These are a few of Bazaar’s fav’rite things!

Soap all organic and soap shaped like cupcakes

Is there no end to the clever things they make?

They must have started quite early (say Spring?)

making the stuff of Bazaar’s fav’rite things!

When the list’s long,

An alarm rings,

And you’re feeling sad!

You simply remember Bazaar’s fav’rite things

And then you don’t feel so bad!

(With apologies to Rogers and Hammmerstein)

In case you didn’t guess it – I went to Fremantle Arts Centre annual Bazaar last night for some browsing and Christmas shopping, apologies for anyone I missed out, there was a lot to see!

Craig Boulter – 2010 exhibition

September 28, 2010

Craig Boulter Exhibition 2010 invitation - Dingo Flour, North Fremantle



Dingo Flour, North Fremantle 2010

Well worth a visit is local artist Craig Boulter’s annual exhibition, open until Sunday 3rd October 2010.  Craig specialises in south west Australian landscapes and townscapes, depicting the familiar with an unsentimental eye.   This years exhibition features a number of paintings of the old Fremantle traffic bridge as well as Fremantle town and beachscapes,  Albany, York, Nannup and, a personal sentimental favourite as I’d visited it with my Mother and my late Father, St Werburgh’s chapel near Mount Barker.

Craig Boulter 2010 Exhibition invitation

Invitation 2010

Craig Boulter 2009 Exhibition - The Big Shed, Fremantle Harbour

The Big Shed, Fremantle Harbour 2009

FACPA2010 – Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2010 Opening night

September 25, 2010
Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2010


Drawing is making marks that have meaning, drawing underpins our material culture,  drawing is for  perception,  drawing is for communication, drawing is for invention, drawing is for thinking…

– tomorrow is the launch of The Big Draw and on Radio National this morning, Fran Kelly interviewed Eileen Adams (Educational Leader of the Campaign for Drawing UK).  Down at the opening of FACPA2010 (the funky new name for the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2010) I had the opportunity to see that what Eileen Adams said about drawing is just as true of printmaking.

It’s hard to get a good impression of a show on opening night – everything is new, there’s a big crowd and you have to peer around people who may be more interested in catching up with friends, there’s drink and food,  DJ Jens and Timothy Nelson and the Infidels were making music. This is just a first attempt to say what grabbed me and maybe I’ll  go back later for a more considered look.

This show is BIG in every way – many huge works, many works addressing big ideas, I like this, sometimes art shows can be a bit too intropective and theory driven but this is work that communicates and makes you think.

In spite of that, the winning work – Rebecca Beardmore’s Seeing between II – is more quiet, a work about perception?

There’s plenty of invention too – I loved Benjamin Forster’s Discourse 2010 with two receipt printers printing parallel dialogues from the works of Karl Marx and Adam Smith, meeting in a pile on the floor (and reminding me of Princess Melisande’s hair – how long before we are pushed out the gallery by an ever increasing pile of philosophy?)  Inventive also is Joel Galier’s Hwy Dreams 1 – a car tyre forms the block, printing:


on the gallery floor…

Susanna Castleden’s Perpetual Cruise Line at first seems to be a constellation chart but the resolves (I think) into a map – is it where the cruise lines go?  I think so…

Ben Rak’s After all it is never you who is unconscious uses dozens of paper bags… pixels in the grid of the bigger picture…

2010 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award

FACPA2010 - opening night on flickr

There’s much much more that you’ll have to go and see for yourself, but I must mention a couple of concurrent exhibitions – previous winner Poppy Van Oord – Grainger’s 2002 winning work Watercolour paintings on the pavement in the upstairs Kathleen O’Connor Gallery is well worth revisiting and James Dodd’s sprawling Boab Inscriptions – across the upstairs gallery and a new gallery in the old Museum section – is a surprisingly effective response to the centuries of graffiti found on Boab trees in the Kimberley….  Don’t miss this work and more of the Print Award finalists in the newly opened galleries…

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