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18th Biennale of Sydney

Surrounded by arty types and those who were just plain curious to see another side to one of Sydney Harbours islands, we set off on a short ferry ride to Cockatoo Island. It was a perfect Winters morning to wander around in the sunshine and take in the many and varied works on display at the 18th Biennale of Sydney. Love or hate contemporary art, the Biennale is pure sensory overload. The colonial and maritime history of Cockatoo Island is an added bonus, and worth a visit for that alone.

Jin Nu, ‘Exuviate 2: Where Have All the Children Gone?’

Cal Lane, Domesticated Turf

Monika Grzymala and Euraba Artists and Papermakers 


Home Front

The bold graphic opener to the Museum of Sydney’s Home Front – a finely curated exhibition that gives a real sense of the love and loss felt by Sydneysiders on the home front during World War II.

Handmade felt toys were very popular during WWII, as felt was not rationed. This is a felt airman doll made by a mother who sadly lost her son, a RAAF bomber pilot, during operations in 1944.

An ad for the Women’s Weekly in 1943 (colourised by the HHT, the original is a striking gouache), encouraging women to write uplifting letters to the troops.

The exhibition also features a recreated wartime living room complete with armchairs and wireless, playing popular tunes of the time. Tempting to kick off the shoes and stay a while, if only they were serving tea and ANZAC biscuits…

A 5-minute visit to the newly refurbished MCA followed – the crowds and queues were just ridiculous, so I’ll be trying again once all the excitement dies down.

down the rabbit hole

Michael Lin’s Untitled Gathering at White Rabbit

From the White Rabbit site:

Michael Lin plays games with convention, often at audacious scale. Focusing on traditional textile designs from Taiwan, he stretches definitions, dimensions, and demarcation lines until content becomes context, and art and non-art merge. He was especially taken with the traditional floral patterns that adorn sheets, quilts and pillowcases.  He enlarged them to many times their original size and transferred them—usually by hand—to previously unheard-of surfaces:  floors and walls, wood panels, couches and tabletops.