Since our previous trip in 2015 was cut short, we have been planning to get back to the crazy/sane, beautiful/ugly, elegant/kitschy, techno/rustic conundrum that is Japan. So we finally got back there this winter (hot summer over there) and loved it all over again.
Proposing, designing, producing and hanging an art exhibition is a fraught and lengthy process. It always seems so crazy that the eventual show seems to be over in the blink of an eye. Two weeks is not long to present work that has been over three years in development. But of course it is part of a lifelong process of producing creative work and, occasionally, showing it to others in the brief opportunities that are available.
… well, grand-ish.
In June Chris and I made a journey to England (to visit his brother Bob), Wales (where I spent childhood holidays), France (re-visiting Provence) and Italy (re-visiting Umbria). Of course a thousand photographs ensued, and here is a selection. They have been waiting weeks for me to edit and caption them, and maybe I will do that soon, but in the meantime …
It’s been quite a year, with some life/death experiences that I wouldn’t wish on anyone, but … all part of real loving, feeling, hurting life.
Now, at last to my creative life! Some recent work being developed for a proposed exhibition has me hunting through images from travelling done over the last year – see my galleries for the Grampians, Japan and Europe.
I recently found out that an old friend from London died last month. Michael had just turned 60 and I hadn’t seen him for 30 years. He lived in Albuquerque for the last 20, and we exchanged Christmas letters for most of those years.
Michael was a friend of another friend, Mark, whom I met in the Greek islands and then spent time with when I was based for several months in London in late 1983. Mark, Michael and I were the greatest philosophers on earth, or so it seemed as we talked late into those London winter nights.
I came home to Sydney in February 1984 and have never met those old friends again …
city visit, a set on Flickr.
We live on the outskirts of the city, though we regularly travel in for work, so it’s fun to sometimes spend a weekend in the thick of it. Right now Sydney has it’s winter Vivid Festival, with many light shows and musical happenings, so we stayed over last weekend. As well as visiting a few different watering holes, strolling around the light shows at Circular Quay, and seeing one of our favourite musical geniuses, C.W.Stoneking play at the Opera House, my partner Christopher Lawrie began his series of subversive ‘new suprematist‘ installations at the MCA and the AGNSW.
We’ve been travelling in Europe following the Threshold Concepts conference, kind of following the Orient Express route from London to Istabul. It’s been a while since I’ve posted artwork, that’s because I have been posting to my travel blog, and then for the last month sorting the 3,500 photos that Chris and I took. Here’s a slideshow of about 500 of them. Chris is making some great compositions from these, and that is what I will be doing soon 🙂