by Gabrielle Antonette and Annu Kilpeläinen
This statement is so universal that it's basically meaningless, but still, art and travel are my favorite things! If you are a WB reader, you may feel similarly. Annu Kilpeläinen has combined these worlds for us in a brilliant--both clever and literally bright--way, and my heart won't stop exploding. I've been a long-time fan of Annu, currently based in Finland, and you can see more of her work on her site (she sells prints) and her Instagram. All content below courtesy of the artist.
Three days in Sydney was obviously way too short but I did see things and next time there I can actually just spend time figuring out the everyday life stuff, spots outside the city, art studios and small shows. Though I wouldn't mind my everyday being spent at the Icebergs pool either. Looking at the photos now surrounded by snow in Finland feels absurd.
1.Bondi beach with 'The Bather'.
2.'The Greats - Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland' at Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Opera house.
Always amazing to see old masterpieces but the 90's Nokia type recordings really made it. A great alternative music video for Hotline Bling, 90's phones, slow moves, powerful art of love and problems of humanity.
From the ferry the Opera House looks like a face.
3. Grayson Perry at Museum Of Contemporary Art Australia. Street Findings and Grayson Perry again.
'A weed is just a plant in the wrong place.' quoted Grayson Perry in one of the videos.
4. 'On The Rocks' and Bondi Icebergs Pool.
'On The Rocks' was done half in Byron Bay half in Melbourne. Sitting at the Icebergs Pool watching the waves bash the swimmers was exciting. That little girl scream made it feel half Jaws half Shining.
5. Sol LeWitt at Art Gallery of New South Wales and Ken Done at The Ken Done Gallery.
Sol LeWitt - Non-geometric form (splotch) #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6. With a quote 'If it turns out to be beautiful, I don't mind'. There was also extra bits of info for kids like these sculptures took three coats of undercoat, four coats of coloured paint and eight coats of varnish. And I have been a fan of Ken Done for years so it was amazing to see his work in real life. And he was in the gallery too !
6. The Bondi Icebergs and 'Burning Cliffs'