wotwedid

Victoria Cooper+Doug Spowart Blog

Archive for July 2011

July 24 Allan Bruce Floor Talk

leave a comment »

Allan Bruce talks about his exhibition Panoramic Drawings at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

Invitation: Panoramic Drawings

Allan Bruce floor talk in the exhibition space

Walking into Gallery 1 at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, one expects to see large wall works to fill this large space – Allan Bruce’s impressive black and white occidental inspired works are no exception.

In the exhibition, Panoramic Drawings, Bruce presents urban and natural landscapes and room interiors as seamlessly blended composite images where each work: “while recognizable, tends to be an evocation rather than an absolutely literal statement of place”[1]. As with oriental scrolls these works allow the viewer a multi-perspective journey through the spaces that have captured Bruce’s attention and inspiration.

Bruce utilizes ‘in situ’ documentation (photos, video and sketches) and memory to reconfigure the essentials of being in each place. The viewer of this work maybe drawn to the detail and textures of the subject captured within the brushwork of the shadows but the absence of detail in the highlights energizes the work and provides a space for the imagination.

1. From the room sheet for the exhibition

Words: Victoria Cooper

Panoramic Drawings is on at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery from June 30 to August 7.

Portrait of Allan Bruce with work by Victoria Cooper

For more info on Allan Bruce see:

http://actmba.com/artists/allan-bruce/

Advertisements

July 23 : BIZOO ZINE BOOK LAUNCH

leave a comment »

Launch of the BIZOO Book at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

“Bizoo: The Best, The Worst and The Trash That Never Made It”  Bizoo was a street culture zine which gave a voice to the young people of Toowoomba from early in 2000 until 2006.

Its story and success lies in the needs that brought about the fanzine world-wide publishing phenomena over the last 20 years. Essentially it’s a response to the fact that the world is controlled by the media and those who control the media pretty well control everything. To combat the communication gulf those from outside the mainstream formed collectives and groups that collated the stories, prose and poems, lyrics, interviews, gig guides, critiques, rants, rude stuff and commentaries about their end of society.

These self-published newspapers/newsletters featured simple layouts, rough illustration and were usually output by photocopiers. Those making contributions did so under various tags and pseudonyms and distribution was made through coffee shops and venues where like-minded people hung out. Copies of the zine were free.

Ultimately the zine became respectable and these days many resemble ephemeral artists’ book styled products. Real names appear and the practice is studied and commented on by university academics – all a far cry from the anonymous gonzo street journalists of the early days.

Somehow, perhaps, the future of communication that was once carried in print by fanzines like Bizoo is gradually being eroded by Blogs (like this one), Facebook, texting and youTube.

But what is important is that the self-published zine created a voice for the stories that were not able to find a vehicle for communication. Now, with the publishing of BIZOO these chronicles of street-life in Toowoomba in the first half of the 21st century will pass into the history of our times. Something that the zinesters, now that their grown up a little, got or getting reliable work, having kids and getting on with life, will find an important and amusing part of their lives. The publication was supported by a grants from the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund and the Queensland Government’s RADF.

Make your own zine today ….

Cheers, Doug

SEE the following for more ….

The best place around to find zines – ElouiseQ at  http://smellslikezines.com/

JOHN ELLIOTT’s YouTube video and interviews    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkZV5Mg16vQ

THE CHRONICLE Newspaper’s story  http://www.thechronicle.com.au/

WHAT’S HAPPENING – Workshops, events, gigs etc.  www.bizoo.com.au

July 16, 2011 QCP Opening

leave a comment »

We attended the opening of the latest QCP show featuring major works by Carolyn Lewens, Peter Charuk, Peter Annand, Vivian McLatchie and the Voicing Concerns group. It’s a diverse show with some remarkable works.

SEE the YouTube Video review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYwXDoYj3Ho

Carolyn Lewens' cyanotype images and objects

Peter Charuk's 'glacies lux'

Written by Cooper+Spowart

July 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm

July 1 – Diggers Rest for Lunch

leave a comment »

Doing lots of thesis writing right now – can’t you see?

Vicky - looking for a suitable reference

A working lunch under the pandanus

Other research work were Doug almost looses it: See the YouTube video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo1IiDDVcoc

ODE TO A PENULTIMATE DRAFT

I MUST GET BACK TO MY WRITING AGAIN

. . . but it’s a beautiful day at the beach!

I MUST GET BACK TO MY WRITING AGAIN

. . . but the washing machine needs fixing!

I MUST GET BACK TO MY WRITING AGAIN

. . . but I have a review to write!

I MUST GET BACK TO MY WRITING AGAIN

. . . but I think I need a little midday nap!

I MUST GET BACK TO MY WRITING AGAIN

. . . but’s lunch time!

I MUST GET BACK TO MY WRITING AGAIN

. . . but I should check if the shop has fresh oysters!

I MUST GET BACK TO MY WRITING AGAIN

. . . but the waves are telling me – – – – something!

I MUST GET BACK TO MY WRITING AGAIN

. . . but I still need to read last weekends newspapers!

I MUST GET BACK TO MY WRITING AGAIN

. . .  again writing my to back get must I

I MUST GET BACK TO MY WRITING

. . .  writing my to back get must I

I MUST GET BACK TO MY WRITING

. . .   my to back get must I

I MUST GET BACK TO MY

. . .  to back get must I

I MUST GET BACK TO

. . .  back get must I

I MUST GET BACK

. . .  get must I

I MUST GET

. . .  must I

I MUST                                                                        . . . I

Written by Cooper+Spowart

July 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm

%d bloggers like this: