Hope y'all having a great day grilling on the BBQ or
perhaps swimming in the rain!
Anyhow, last week I was fortunate enough to see the - mesmerising, astonishing, eyeopening, mind-blowing and everything in between - James Turrell exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.
Well first off, Turrell has truly amazed me. I honestly never thought that I'd be so impressed by these large-scale, pure light installations. How could something be so simple and pointless (i.e. have no subject matter), but yet, so strong and powerful in producing a reaction from the audience?! And here I am, still trying to articulate my thoughts, as I am writing up this post. So my conclusion: treking three hours from Sydney was certainly worth it, I mean what can I say - Turrell has definitely got me thinking.
"My art is about your seeing, like the wordless thought that comes from looking into fire." — James Turrell
"I want to address the light you see in dreams and the space that seems to come from those dreams..." — James Turrell
Hello Turrell philosophy. While reading these wise words of Turrell, the audience would most certainly be able to dynamically explore his artworks - of which captures the world of light and space, a world that is able to speak to an audience without the use of words or focus. How amazing is that?! Oh and sorry for the lack of photos - this was a strictly NO PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition, but hey, a little photo never killed nobody.
James TURRELL, Raemar Pink WhiteJames Turrell: A Retrospective exhibition - NGA, Canberra
George BALDESSIN, Pear - Version Number Two, 1973, Corten steel cast 1976 by Vittorio and Fernando Art Foundry, Melbourne - Outside NGA
Oh and I finally got the chance to see Pollock's Blue Poles up close - another renowned abstract expressionist piece which I absolutely love. As one would state, Pollock definitely exemplifies the energetic and shows how the complex layering of paint is able to achieve a rhythmic scene.
Jackson POLLOCK, Blue Poles (aka Number 11), 1952, Oil, enamel, aluminium paint and glass on canvas - NGA
And another quick snapshot of one of the most significant Indigenous artworks in the gallery - the Aboriginal Memorial. According to the NGA description, each pole represents a year of European occupation and together they stand as a memorial to all the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who lost their lives during the colonial occupation in Australia from 1788 to 1988. Definitely a piece of art with great value, especially since us Australians have learnt Aboriginal history from primary through to high school (not that its a bad thing, but maybe just
a bit too repetitive).
Aboriginal Memorial, 1987-88, 200 traditional hollow log coffins - NGA
And something a bit more modern, or shall I say, post-modern than the previous two artworks.
Hilarie MAIS, Mist II, 2011, Oil on wood and canvas - NGA
And that wraps up my art theory lesson for today (Haha jokes! But I must say, I'm not too bad at it - after all, my HSC art theory was all self-taught. Bad luck for having a not-so-great teacher).
Anyhow, let me introduce to you my for trek-to-Canberra outfit. Here, I have paired a simple white playsuit which features beautiful lace detailing with my favourite pair of Windsor Smiths - just so I'm not too dressed up. Currently, I'm loving the whole flash tattoo craze (so be prepared for many more flash tattoo features to come) and thought it'll be perfect if I did a metallic-palette match. So for accessories, I went with my absolutely beautiful rose gold Marc Jacobs watch and T&C necklace. This outfit is all about being subtle yet (somewhat) artistic, making it perfect for stunning art galleries or a trip to a museum, or maybe even a casual brunch (something I'm very fond of these days).
.: Playsuit - Myth Conception (Sydney Westfield Boutiques) // Shoes - Windsor Smith's Stacked // Necklace - Tiffany and Co // Watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs // Clutch - Seed Heritage // Nail Polish - Illamasqua's Trilliant :.
Sadly, I didn't take as many photos of the artworks as I would've like to due to time restrictions and the vast amount of time I actually spent in Turrell's exhibition, but if any of you ever have a chance to go, be sure to stay for a solid three hours!
Thanks for reading!
Until next time,