Friday, December 29, 2017

A Day at the Cricket

I had the chance to go with Sue to the Boxing Day test and spent 2 relaxing days taking in a slow test match.
A sea of yellow supporters

Lots of waiting around 

The slips

This was a new one on us!

Bowler in flight

Lunch break activity

future cricket stars

Returning form lunch 
Not Australis best  days 

Cook in Action went on to get 2nd century 

Sunday, December 17, 2017


Featuring the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, the NGV Triennial surveys the world of art and design, across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives. 
I attended a Members preview and roam date varied exhibits for a few hours. 
It is a free exhibition running over summer so plenty of time to get back to see it in detail.
Some of my favourite /interesting exhibitions.

Victoria Amazonica, 2017, was created by Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana in collaboration with Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, designers Elliat Rich and James Young and the Centre for Appropriate Technology – all based in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

 At 18 metres long, Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana… is the largest work in Xu's Eternal series and has been commissioned by the gallery for the inaugural NGV Triennial
Sissel Tolaas is a smell designer, artist, chemist, researcher and odour theorist working across research, commercial and creative innovation. While smell is Tolaas’s medium, her approach to scent is anything but conventional; for the artist, smell is information.

Flower obsession, 2017, revisits the origins of Kusama’s art which she traces back to her childhood.Flower obsession, 2017, recreates a furnished domestic space. Visitors are invited to apply red flower motifs to the walls, furniture and objects. Over the duration of the exhibition, the proliferation of flowers will gradually cover all surfaces, ‘obliterating’ and transforming the space into a spectacular environment.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s work in the NGV Triennial Wilson Must Go, 2017, employs a camera that uses face recognition software to produce a live portrait of the viewer from six perspectives at once. If several visitors stand in front of the work, a composite portrait of their different facial features develops in real time, creating an unsettling composite ‘selfie’.

Ron Meuck's Mass is also a sombre study of mortality, and comprising 100 individual human skulls it calls to mind iconic images of massed remains in the Paris catacombs as well as the documentation of contemporary human atrocities in Cambodia, Rwanda, Srebrenica and Iraq.

For the NGV Triennial, teamLab has created a fully immersive digital installation inspired by human, digital and spatial relationships. When a person moves within this environment, their movement is tracked by sensors that communicate via computer with the projectors – thus movement creates a visual vortex – expressing the movement of each person in the space as a continuum of digital particles

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Edith Head

On spur of the moment i decided to drive to Bendigo and check out the Bendigo Gallery exhibition of Edith Head Fashion designer to Hollywood

As with all their exhibits there was loads of clothes, great film clips (one of all of her 8 Academy Awards) As well as some Tv ones where she had described how she designed something for a film and another At Home where she put a paper bag on her head and then can be objective about what she says as you are not talking to her face!!

Swim Suit worn by Shirley McLaine 

Bob Hope's dress

jacket for Lone Ranger 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Home for the holiday

Celia came home for Pauline's Wedding as her mum Fran is Celia's best friend. As fate would have it it was also Celia's 65th birthday so we had a few celebratory events. 
This was the first time Celia has been home in Summer for years so she was delighted to see how light and bright the new Unit is.
Unfortunately she arrived in an unprecedented HOT November with temps over 34 every day and we made an escape to Aireys Inlet 

Enjoying the courtyard and summer weather 
Holding court in Brooklyn 
We wanted to go to Aireys Inlet to scatter Spencer's ashes which we did on a warm sunny day into the waves on an outgoing tide at Sunny Side beach An appropriate farewell.

As well I had had some gardening done at the house for my benefit but also as a suppose for Celia for her birthday.
I had all the dead trees cut down as well as other that were not doing well This opened the ground up and some trees have taken off!  
I also put up plant climbing frames in the garden off the deck, and paved a grass section for the table umbrella for a dining area.
I also replace the matchstick blinds in the living area.
Celia notice them and exclaimed at them (not noticing through the uncovered door the garden) 
When I raised the blind I said 'some more' You cleaned the windows!!  NO look THROUGH the window
Then she saw it and was suitably impressed 
The weather was so perfect we spent time out in the garden and pulling encroaching vines off the trees. A good Workout !
The new dining area 
View from table up to back for where we discussed plans 
The Callistemon (Bottle brush) that has taken off since
removing some dead trees in its area 

the best of 2018

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