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I’ve thought and reflected quite a bit since my first wander through this exhibition. And I’ve contacted two of the artists whose work, in particular, gave me pause for thought. Thank you, Glenda Orr and Emma Lindsay for your permission. So far, I have not found a website for Liz Mahood or been able to contact her, but here is a link to  Liz’s work for this exhibition and a link to the Gallery 

There are, of course, other pieces in this grouping that I can’t show you here;they involve complex audio accompaniment. But here is one view of “Coalface” which, to me, was really scary.Not only the mining of the “black gold” but its shipping, so fraught with danger! IMG_4659

But,as when I look,really look, at another person’s impression of things my neurons fire. I do need to get back to ink!


In a display case “A Cabinet For Curiosities” is a key to some of the artifacts and techniques used. Of interest to me was Glenda Orr’s accidental use in photography of the small magnifying lenses she uses when etching. I also have one such loupe and am now moved to keep it with my camera, rather than the ‘phone book.(why are ‘phone books in such impossibly small fonts!Maybe it’s just the old eyes…) 



And Orr has used sap, sometimes diluted, in her gridded paintings “Sky Map.”


She shows her test strip here:




Liz Mahood’s piece looks far less innocuous when seen alongside her poem/statement.



And Emma Lindsay’s plea for the Black-throated Finch is dark and stark.



Time doesn’t allow me to post more, but if any Australians have this travelling exhibition coming to a gallery near you…it’s well worth seeing.




Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!

18 thoughts on “BIMBLEBOX-TAKE TWO

  1. Thank you and the artists.
    How I wish it was coming my way.
    And hiss and spit.


  2. Thanks for the art tour.

    PS: Yes, I can personally confirm that being on a ship is scary. They made me mop and paint one for three years, 10 months, and two days!


  3. Oh wow. I love the art. I would have loved to see it in person.

    I am a massive fan of conceptual art. Love it. Love it much.


  4. Obviously a very powerful exhibition. Thank you for sharing these pieces with descriptions, they show the dark side very clearly.

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  5. Nightmares tonight, thanks to “coalface”! ::shudders::

    Thank you for sharing these. Out of everything here, I really like Glenda Orr’s sap test strips – I just love the shapes of the sap, and how they fire up the imagination (like seeing objects in clouds).

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  6. This is a nice little review, my dear. I love that first piece. Not to have in my living room, of course, but I do love it.


  7. That looks like a fabulous exhibit. Something a museum slut like me would really enjoy. Coalface looks like he belongs in a horror story. Reeeeally chilling.

    Thank you sooooo much for correcting my boneheaded mistake about “The Magnificent Seven.” I knew that,doggone it, so I guess those pesky synapses musta misfired again. 🙂

    You’re right about the ridiculously microscopic-sized print in the telephone book these days. On road maps, too. I guess the powers to be figure most people use electronic means to get that info now.


  8. Nah…you probably misread an old small-print copy of “Movie Screen” 🙂

    And yes, the coalface piece is grim.


  9. Is Coalface a prototype machine to detect and deter illegal immigrants from entering foreign ports?


  10. Incredible works of art! Thank you for showing them here.
    Liz Mahood’s piece and poem gripped my heart in brief melancholy, as did Emma Lindsay’s finches.

    Our government. Short term gain. Long term pain for future generations…


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