My dad’s in Whanganui. I’m not. Hopefully the long-delayed visit will happen soon.
Thinking ahead to spring, and some warmer, if not drier weather.
A couple of years ago we visited Havelock North in Hawkes Bay. The pretty town centre was planted with dozens of trees, all in blossom.
Bing Dawe’s sculpture is one of three in the town, which draw attention to the loss of wetlands and consequently the life that depends on it.
With few flowers surviving the wind and rain here, these blossom are also my #fridayflowers
Beehaven, Jane Downes. Exhibited at Sculpture in the Gardens, Auckland Botanic Gardens. Image: Su Leslie 2020
Red is a benevolent dictatorship.
— James Jannard, founder Oakley Inc.
Patti’s challenge was to ‘find something red.’ My personal challenge is not to go overboard with this. I love red; red clothes, red lipstick, red food, red cars and (I’m not sure I realised this, red art).
And I know I’ve posted the Anish Kapoor sculpture before, but surely this fits Patti’s brief very well. Red art on a monumental scale: it is 85 metres long, and each end is 25m x 8m.
Red, of course, is the colour of the interior of our bodies. In a way it’s inside out, red.
— Anish Kapoor
“To me photography must suggest, not insist or explain.”
Ambiguity in an image can come from many sources; choice of subject, an unusual camera angle or focal point, unexpected movement, or shooting through an opaque surface — to think of a few.
By suggesting, rather than explaining, the photographer allows every viewer to create their own meanings and stories.
More fun that way.
I am definitely feeling my age — or perhaps just my arthritic knee.
I visited Sculpture by the Sea today, and found that by the time I got to the trail end at Tamarama Beach, my knee was aching and I was feeling quite tired.
I suspect this may partly have been due to how busy the exhibition was. Trying to enjoy art with so many people intent on taking selfies is exhausting.
With 107 sculptures being exhibited, there is so much to see, and I will go back — probably quite early in the morning to avoid the worst of the crowds.
In the meantime, here are a few images from my day.
Another glimpse of my home away from home. The balcony is proving to be a lovely place to enjoy breakfast and dinner — and a glass of wine as the sun goes down.
There seems to be quite a lot of sculptures featuring human forms at this year’s exhibition. Here are a few of them:
Detail, “Niemand”: Victor Fresno, 2015 (with friend). Full sculpture below.
“Bank”: Mu Boyan, 2017. One of the most popular sculptures, judging by the crowds surrounding it.
“Thoughts of Pinocchio”: Kim Bongsoo — and detail below.
“Look inside my mind”: Studioex@UNSW
I’ll leave you with a shot I took outside a bookshop in Newtown. I like the Karen Walker quote (she’s a Kiwi fashion designer for those who don’t know), but I absolutely love the blind-date book idea. What should I choose?
“Men Looking” — cast glass sculptures by Graeme Hitchcock
Elizabeth Thompson, Moths, 2014-2017. Seen in Sarjeant on Quay Gallery, Whanganui.
The rules are:
Seven days. Seven black & white photos of your life. No people. No explanations. Challenge someone new everyday.
I’m issuing an open challenge too. Who else will join in?