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Friday, July 23, 2010

Biennale of Sydney at MCA | The Beauty Of Distance | Review Kent Monkman, Brett Graham, Angela Ellsworth

On a cloudy afternoon in Sydney, I spent my lunch hour having a gander at the 17th Biennale of Sydney at the Museum of Contemporary Arts at Circular Quay. Check out some of the snaps I got to take before I was told to stop taking pics grr. Its not really FREE art if you can't share it is it?

Kent Monkman, The Death of Adonis, 2009:

Acrylic on canvas, 182.9 x 304.8 cm. Courtesy the artist and TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary

I could just stare at this Artist work for hours - apart from the beautiful colonial inspired era and ode to cowboys and Indians, the artist sneaks in some modern social commentary with a slip of a Louis Vuitton hand bag or bright pink silk stockings and pumps on a Native American Indian character is just delicious.

Mariana Vassileva, Just a Play, 2009:
150 cm x 80 cm, Syntheitc Material, Courtesy DNA Berlin.

A really delicate looking piece of work that is oddly confronting considering how peaceful and playful the symbol is supposed to represent. 

Angela Ellsworth, Seer Bonnets I and II, 2008:
 11,448 and 16,120 pearl corsage pins, respectively, and fabric by Angela Ellsworth.

Check out this cool article on Phoenix New Times blogs on her work: 

Brett Graham, Mihaia, 2010: 

Sculptor Brett Graham's work is made of MDF, steel, rubber tires and carved wit Maori symbols represents a number of complex historical, political and cultural ideas in the form of westernised 'weapons of mass destruction.’  The work is a near full-scale Russian BRDM-2 scout car and ironically is really appealing and its highly texturised surface almost begs the viewer to touch it. 

That was all the pics I could get my hands on via my phone camera before staff told me ' the MCA doesn't allow photographs' - woopsie, all for the sake of art.

Check out the website for more details and locations, but hurry, its due to end 1st August:
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