Entries from October 2011 ↓

History Painting in Goroka

This work is by Simon Gende who is a painter who lives and works in Goroka in the PNG highlands.  Tony Oates writes: There are several fascinating things about the work – firstly it is initially quite difficult to read if the artist is pro America or pro terrorist, as the planes causing the destruction feature local tribal highland groups as well as US flag designs.  From my conversions with Simon at the time and looking into his other works, plus the influence of his teacher Mathias Kauage, the painting does not really takes sides but just meant to document the event. So the inclusion of the highlander clans within the planes is pretty much just the way that he has always drawn planes, car or boats (a Kauage-esque style of motif).  Secondly, the airplane itself resonates strongly with the highlanders own history and symbolises how their society has changed so drastically in 60 odd years – their introduction to western civilisation and all contact with the outside world has been through airplanes (no easy road to Port Moresby!). Simon’s other work is often about history of the area and examining social and global issues – there is a real social conscience – you can find a few more of his things on my friend’s website – the other guy worth looking at on this site is Ratoos – some wild paintings (of varying quality)!

The details of the work are as follows: Simon Gende, Long 11-9-2001 tupela balus I bumpim twin tower long U.S.A, 2006
(acrylic on calico) 73 x 113 cm Collection: Tony Oates and Kerryn Wagg

Architectural Anomalies 101: was there a moment when

the architect of this UniLodge building in downtown Acton (the west facing wall here photographed at 2.30 on a sunny afternoon) said: “Merde! (he’s from France) We put the sunshades on the wrong way round! Do you think anyone will notice?” (Answer: only the residents. And they’re OK on the other side of the building. And they’re probably OK in France.)

This may have been the same architect who scattered this other kind of ineffectual shading on this other building across the road in the same complex. Clearly the designer does not subscribe to the design aesthetic (or should that now be ethic?) that works to reduce the heat exchange load of a building by designing solar-effective shading. Just provide the politically-correct appearance of same and it will look contemporary enough.

As opposed to the Tax Building in Civic, from the same angle as the first image, which looks good to me in every sense.

more (tele)phonography

A visitor photographs Tracey Emin’s “And I said I love you” at the Frieze Art Fair in Regents Park, central London October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Winning. By: Mike Collett-White. Via ArtDaily.

Ten years ago today


Photographed on 7 October 2001 (Reuters/Zahid Hussein). Read Sally Neighbour, in The Monthly Sept 2011