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Damien Kamholtz: ‘My Icarus’ @ TRAG the VIDEO

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My Icarus invitation

My Icarus invitation



‘My Icarus’ is a culmination of one painting, one sculpture and one film. These three interrelated works delve into poetry and mythology and showcase the Gallery’s recent acquisition of Mr Kamholtz’s painting, ‘The Spit that Joins the Magic Together’.

The exhibition title refers to the artist’s fascination with Greek mythological figures, Icarus and Daedalus, and the works of 19th Century French poet Arthur Rimbaud.

Additional creative ‘spittle’ for the performance was delivered in verse by guest speaker and former USQ lecturer in literature Dr Brian Musgrove with a simultaneous performance by Toowoomba movement artist Kirsty Lee.

The exhibition works include the recently acquired painting, an assemblage and a collaborative film produced by Mr Kamholtz, Jason Nash, Kirsty Lee and Craig Allen.



Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery attendees

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery attendees witnessing the event


Kirsty Lee performance

Kirsty Lee in performance


Photos and Video © 2013 Doug Spowart 


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A BOOK WARMING: Ross Burnett Bookshop Uralla

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The main street of Uralla as seen from Burnett's cafe

The main street of Uralla as seen from Burnett’s cafe

A cold winters day – we head down towards our AIR in Muswellbrook after over-nighting in chilly Glen Innes. The sun weakly lights the landscape in the highlands of Northern NSW.

Arriving in Uralla we head for the Ross Burnett Bookshop. Whenever we have come through this way this has been an important destination for us. For to peruse the shelves of his second-hand and rare books is a journey of a different kind. Burnett’s ephemera collection is also worth a shuffle through.

We entered the shop and made our way past tall shelves of interesting books to the centre of the building. There surrounded by philosophy, art, Australiana, Literary Criticism, Poetry we some welcoming lounge chairs and a log fire . . .

What else could one need to warm the mind and the body!

Vicky in book Nirvana

Vicky in book Nirvana

To complete the sensorial and intellectual experience we had lunch in Burnett’s adjacent café. Also warmed by a fire, we treated ourselves with the minestrone soup with fresh bread. All this was a far cry from the normal on the road lunch stop: a pie, maybe a Coke and a quick walk down the main street.

Reluctantly we had to return to our journey south. But we will be back when you return Ross. . . !

Doug finds a book ...

Doug finds a book …


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July 2, 2013 at 10:41 pm

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