The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is the only exhibition in the world to exclusively display art from Asia, the Pacific and Australia. In GOMA, the artwork will instantly hit you as you enter the doors while other artists can be found in select areas of QAG.
I first discovered Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photography back in university when his work was used as examples. Despite analysing his photographs, we never really got the chance to learn about the man himself. When I heard the Queensland Art Gallery was holding an exhibition of his work, I told myself I had to go and see it. Luckily I managed to get down to the art gallery on the last day ^^;.
Cartier-Bresson was born into a well-off family and at a young age was exposed to photography when he was given a Box Brownie. He attended art school at 19 and was mentored by Cubist artist André Lhote. From Lhote he learned about the combining of reality and classic forms, which you can see in his photography.
I’ve been meaning to go and see the Surrealism exhibition at GoMA but it wasn’t until my friend mentioned catching up that we decided to spend a day checking it out since it’s in its last week. Please excuse the low res photos, I only had my phone with me ^^;.
I will admit going into this that I knew little about the history, artists and philosophy of Surrealism. What I discovered was that the movement came about in response to Dadaism which focused on intentional irrationality and the rejection of the standards of art. Surrealism took a different direction, focusing more on the creativity that spurred from the unconscious mind. The movement originally started off as a literary one before spreading to painting, sculpture and film.
I’ve really wanted to see the exhibition “Lumia: art | light | motion” at the State Library of Queensland since I saw it advertised at a bus stop and because we had another long weekend it was the perfect opportunity to go check it out. The reason that I was so keen about seeing it was that one of the creators, Gavin Sade, was my lecturer for my main course units during university. I had seen lots of his conceptual sketches as well as videos of the final pieces and now I had the chance to actually go and interact with these projects and test them out for myself.