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Typing “Giraffe Sex” Into Google Yields Ungodly Results

In sculpture on 7 August 2009 at 5:02 pm

Giraffes 1

These delightful creatures are in the foyer of the Newcastle Art School. The work, by Belle Brooks, is called Typing “Giraffe Sex” Into Google Yields Ungodly Results.

It’s a pixel-perfect rendering of a jpeg (I’ve recreated the search for you, here) in plasticine.

Brooks writes:

In their creation, the magnificence of the living, breathing, feeling animal has been intentionally sacrificed for the convenience of Google Image Search, with one pixelated and vastly inferior .jpeg acting as an exclusive reference.

The circle will become complete when Google Image Search returns images, like the ones in this blog post, alongside the original source.

Giraffe close-up

The work will be on display in the foyer of the Newcastle Art School Hunter Street Campus, 590-608 Hunter Street, Newcastle West [map] until 18 August.

Belle Brooks, Typing “Giraffe Sex” Into Google Yields Ungodly Results 2008. Plasticine, fibreglass and steel. 360 x 300 x 90cm.

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Ten not-so-little Indian boys: new work by Michael Parekowhai

In exhibition, sculpture on 23 July 2009 at 5:17 pm

You see the first figure at the top of the staircase as soon you enter the gallery. In its scale and pose, it reminds you of nothing if not a glossy version of a cigar store Indian, the figure used for 300 years to advertise tobacconists. Its boyish, doll-like face, however, shows that Michael Parekowhai has dived into the childhood toybox once again and come out to play.

Parekowhai 1

Parekowhai’s exhibition at the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is titled Seldom is Herd. There are 10 of the figures in total – like the nursery song, 10 not-so-little Indians – all called The Brothers Grimm, arranged like giant toys, solo, in pairs and trios. There are also three figures of antelope standing on giant books forming oversized bookends.

Parekowhai 2

As always with Parekowhai’s work, the surfaces are seductively glossy and highly refined, almost jokey in their simplicity. But they are packed with ambiguity, attracting us with childish glee, unsettling us with their implications.

Parekowhai 3

Parekowhai’s work often plays out aspects of indigenous identity and colonialism and its representation. Rabbits, the great introduced pest species, are common motifs. So too are the players in the best known colonial drama in Western culture, Cowboys and Indians. Read the rest of this entry »

Ken Unsworth’s monumental tribute

In exhibition, sculpture on 24 June 2009 at 7:36 am

Ken Unsworth, Toyland FeverKen Unsworth, Toyland Fever

The Ken Unsworth extravaganza in the Turbine Shed on Cockatoo Island has extended its stay and will now be on show until Sunday 2 August.

Conceived as a tribute to his late wife, Elisabeth, who died in December 2008, the exhibition is one of the largest self-funded projects ever mounted by an Australian artist.

The four large-scale installations are collectively titled A Ringing Glass (Rilke), a line from Rainer Marie Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus:

Be here among the vanishing in the realm of entropy,
be a ringing glass that shatters as it rings.

Another space is occupied by the specially built ballroom that hosted an opulent event when the exhibition opened on 28 May. The 160 guests enjoyed a four-course dinner, a live orchestra and, thanks to the two lessons they all had to commit to, dancing. Footage from the night is being screened in the ballroom during the exhibition.

Entry to the exhibition is free, and it’s open every day from 10am to 5pm. Sydney Ferries stops at Cockatoo Island on the Balmain/Woolich and Parramatta routes – more information here.

Want Longer Lasting Art? – Alasdair Macintyre’s ‘Playtime’

In exhibition, sculpture on 15 June 2009 at 2:03 pm

Art about art can be a risky business; art about art that is also engaged with current events even more so. In Alasdair Macintyre’s latest body of work, Playtime, art history and pop culture come together, rescued from navel gazing by his razor-sharp wit.

Macintyre 1Macintyre 2Jab 2009

His small-scale sculptures function like editorial cartoons in three dimensions, instantly accessible, engagingly strange and always funny, even when their intention is more serious.

Macintyre 3Signifier/Signified 2009

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