19 January 2013


The emptiness!
A room without flowers
Or children.

18 January 2013


Happy frog!
From the drainpipe
An evening song.

15 January 2013


Rain! fill my tanks,
The buttercups, 
And my sorrow too.

12 January 2013

Milky Way

Milky Way!
Where I'll be buried

11 January 2013

Asia Pacific Triennial 2013, Brisbane

The other day I made a trip to the Asia Pacific triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane. I had seen the last two and looked forward to this outing with friend Dieter Neumann. Almost immediately, I sensed that it would be an underwhelming experience. Alas, yes,... but with one big exception in the work of Lorraine Connelly-Northey whose renditions of Aboriginal women's handbags hang on the long large wall of the top floor. They are fashioned out of old metal materials found in dumps everywhere; barbed wire, thin wire mesh, plumbing pipes, old wired bed frames and other bits and pieces. I am rarely spellbound by 'Contemporary' Sculpture but I find these simply beautiful; transcendental even, in that way that great things always are. To see just this work by her is worth the 2 hour drive from Byron Bay. To be fair, I am not seduced by so much 'Contemporary' work. (What does it mean to call something Contemporary anyway?) To me, its pretentious and invented for the masses by Dealers and otherwise ambitious young museum curators who graduated from University in the past 20 or so years. (sigh.. I won't go on with my obvious contempt for this academic drivel.) However, these kinds of shows are geared to our most infantile need to be entertained. (They are, by the way, a big hit with children under the age of 17) 

If we are not being entertained, we seem to be  banged over the head with social or economic issues which, I feel, are often better treated in a documentary film format, or Photographic journalism then under the banner of 'Art'. (Why the Art tag anyway?) There is a persistent didactical condescension which seems to ooze out of so much work these days that it gives me a headache. I believe it must have something to do with the Post-Modernist education to which many of these graduates adhere. 

But, if in Brisbane, do go see this show. There are things which will get your mind moving which I know is a good thing but, wouldn't it be nice to simply be moved by a work of art than entertained by it?

Go see the work of this very gifted artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey. 

10 January 2013


Fingertips of 
The rain this night.

07 January 2013


A punch 
In the face-
The East wind.

06 January 2013


Under the ripe moon
This sweet mango
Of my bitter heart.

04 January 2013


Sweet mangos, 
The tree
Just out of reach!

01 January 2013

Happy New Year!

John Bokor

In the November 2012 issue of The Australian Art Review I discovered the work of John Bokor whose paintings surprised and pleased me. I am especially moved by the subtly of the image below (large golden field with the house and sea in the distance). He lives and works in Bulli on the central coast of  New South Wales.