Seeker of the Lost Arts has lined up a bumper Australian art and photography sightseeing tour for you today. Enjoy!
Stopover 1: Sydney
At Last – The Seventies
While Sydneysiders have been lapping up the brilliant high-tech Vivid Festival light spectacular this week, if I were visiting old Sydney town I would be making a beeline for this gem of a vintage photography exhibition at Gingko Gallery in Glebe.
This is part of a larger collection of images photographed by Leon Gregory in the inner Sydney area between 1970-1973. These photos have never been previously exhibited and were only recently re-discovered by the artist – in a cupboard!
Precincts covered include Kings Cross, Darlinghurst, Woolloomooloo, The Domain, the City, Glebe and Balmain. From Gingko’s website: “The works graphically illustrate the forty-year transformation of the city and its demography. Shown here are ordinary people going about their daily lives – traditional street documentary subjects. By combining strong composition with familiar narrative themes, Leon Gregory examines the quirky, funny and sometimes touching moments that are woven into the tapestry of people’s everyday lives.”
At Last – The Seventies
May 23 – June 12, 2014
166 St Johns Road, Forest Lodge, Glebe NSW
Found via Lomography
Stopover 2: Melbourne
Mid Century Modern – Australian Furniture Design
Now this is one exhibition I would love to visit. It opened yesterday at the National Gallery of Victoria and features furniture from the 1950s to the ‘60’s.
Gallery notes: “From Grant Featherston’s iconic plywood Contour range and Clement Meadmore’s welded steel corded chairs, so distinctive of the 1950s, to Gordon Andrews’ elegant 1960s designs for home and office, mid-century modern furniture design turned its back on the overstuffed and ornate examples of previous decades and in doing so, revolutionised the contemporary interior.
“Innovative furniture design took hold in Australia following World War Two, prompted in part by the availability of new materials (and sometimes the shortages of others), the development of new production techniques and the influx of European immigrants who were skilled in the traditions of fine furniture making. Taking their cue from international trends in furniture, local designers adopted the pared-back language of modernism to create stylish sculptural furniture that was functional and flexible and which found the ideal setting in the modernist architecture of the period.”
30 May – 19 Oct 2014
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square
More info: National Gallery of Victoria
Stopover 3: Brisbane
Yirrkala Crayon Drawings
I visited this exhibition a couple of weeks ago at the Queensland Art Gallery and it was stunning The drawings are now more than 70 years old, but still so vibrant. I was blown away by how detailed they were.
The drawings by senior ceremonial leaders from Yirrkala in Arnhem Land were created between 1946–47 when anthropologists Catherine and Ronald Berndt visited the community for research from 1946.
Unable to guarantee the safe travel of the bark paintings they had requested of the community, the Berndts provided a new medium – paper and crayons – to the artists.
‘Yirrkala Drawings’ presents 81 of the 365 drawings that express the intricacies of northern Australian Yolngu culture, clan relationships and connection to country, now held at the Berndt Museum of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia.
“’Not only are these drawings stunning visual accomplishments in their own right, they represent the artists’ mastery of a new medium. The artists seamlessly translated their inherited clan designs from their traditional bark painting to this new, and very different, medium of crayon on paper,” Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines said
Yirrkala Drawings is on at Queensland Art Gallery until July 13, 2014.
More info: Queensland Art Gallery
Stopover 4: Gold Coast
Golden Sans Project
Well, you know I love me a bit of old-school typography and street photography, and this one combines both.
The Golden Sans Project, is a documentation of the Gold Coast’s residential and urban signage by Art Director, Andrew Suggit, and explores the region’s place-making through the lens of typography.
From the Golden Sans website: “Type which has stood the test of time; type which has forged the identity of the Gold Coast, and type which is eternally etched into the memories of anyone who has spent time on the Gold Coast. Environmental elements, such as signage, have helped shape the image of the Gold Coast, to both residents and visitors alike. Hotel, motel and residential signage form the visual representation of The Golden Sans Project, and pay homage to the heritage of this city.”
Found via Island Continent
Stopover 5: All roads lead to the friendly Seeker society over on Facebook. Do come by for a visit.