Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I've just finished a catalogue essay (entitled Dandies and Lions) for Paul Ryan's upcoming show at Gallery Ecosse, Exeter. This is the first art essay I've put together and it's come up well. Paul's happy with it, that's the main thing. We've corresponded via email and phone, but I'm yet to meet the Thirroul-based artist. His fresh canvasses (mainly portraits in thick oils) are confronting, bizarre, polarising and absolutely essential. Paul has a lot to say about Australian masculinity - much of this show addresses how men need to find their sensitive sides through nature and dressing up in extravagant clothes from bygone eras. Some of it is also a comment on our dark white-indigenous origins. Make sure you see get to Ecosse in April.
LJ, 26 March 2014.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
A Tip, a straightforward, yet evocative little poem I penned last October, has just been published in Memory Weaving, an anthology addressing dementia and all it entails. The poem offers up a suggestion on how best to deal with loved ones when they fall victim to their mind's deterioration. My thanks to ed. Carolyn Vimpani.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Cate Blanchett deserves to win an Oscar for her riveting portrayal of a damaged Manhattan socialite in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. The film has much to say about the effects of men's infidelity, treachery and gluttony. It had a real Tennessee Williams feel. The dark, ambiguous ending was unexpected, refreshing. Perhaps, our Cate's performance will draw some empathy from male viewers and have them think more seriously about how they treat their wives/girlfriends. LJ, 3 March 2014.