This weekend Duckfish and I went to Canberra and the National Gallery of Australia. We only intended to spend a few hours in the gallery and ended up spending all weekend there.
Seeing real art in front of you is amazing. It’s nothing like looking at a picture on the internet or in a book. It’s the difference between watching a ballet on TV and being in the front row of the theatre and seeing the sweat bead on the brows of the dancers.
Arthur Streeton – Golden Summer 1889
Art changes the way you look at the world. You see beauty where before you saw chaos. You see light and shadows playing together. And you experience the focus, talent and dedication of the person who put ever stroke of paint on the canvas.
Eugene Von Guérard- Ferntree Gully 1857
Arthur Streeton – McMahons Point Ferry 1890
When I turned one corner I was surprised to see the painting below – the original Magritte painting that inspired my video Suicide Widow.
René Magritte – The Lovers 1928
And on a road trip, you get to listen to great music on the radio.
Even songs about galleries …