Michael Schlitz, a printmaker from Tasmania in Australia, who works with some very basic tools and methods, to create beautifully strong artworks. Indeed, he is probably one of Australia’s best known printmakers.
Immediately following an appearance at Tate Modern – in conversation with Dawn Ades, Professor of Art History and Theory at Essex University, noted for her publications on Dada, Surrealism and photography – the Mexico-based artist Melanie Smith made a first visit to West Dean in late June. During an evening presentation and discussion, Melanie screened Xilitla: Dismantled 1 (2010), an alternate version of the film recently purchased and displayed by Tate. Made in collaboration with regular partner Rafael Ortega, both films centre on the surreal architectural constructions built by West Dean founder Edward James deep within the Mexican jungle.
Melanie had known about James’ interventions at Las Posas for some years before finally visiting the location to research, develop and shoot the film. It is not difficult to understand the attraction of the site, especially considering James’ own British heritage, yet the sense of Xilitla that emerges in the film…
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Cloud Gate Taiwan http://wp.me/p1mhB2-6N
Shadow Dancing: http://wp.me/p1mhB2-d
Merce Cunningham and Robert Rauchenberg collaborations http://wp.me/p1mhB2-i
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Hertzog) http://wp.me/p1mhB2-o
Square Dance (Bruce Nauman) http://wp.me/p1mhB2-t
Drip Dancing (Jackson Pollock) http://wp.me/p1mhB2-C
Electronic Arts Intermix : Dance, Albert Fine http://wp.me/p1mhB2-C
Lois Foller Serpentine Danse 1896 http://wp.me/p1mhB2-H
Anselm Kiefer Opera Bastille Paris Au commencement http://wp.me/p1mhB2-N
Picasso Dancing, Nevin Dancing, Bathing Beauties! http://wp.me/p1mhB2-1n
Lottie’s post is a true reflection of her exuberant character. Bias? yes of course its why I fell in love with her (and because she is so very beautiful). Our friends and children read it and its a link to them whilst we are so far away. The fact the so many others find it so engaging is a welcome bonus for a very exceptional lady with such a love of life. Well done Lottie. Love you The Irishman
P S Seen any ghosts lately?
If you haven’t already subscribed to this Abroad Blog of the Week, you’ll want to. I came across Lottie Nevin when I first started blogging about six months ago. I was hooked by Lottie’s blunt honesty but humorous take on the difficulties of being a Brit new to Jakarta. She is also a fabulous story-teller and frequently weaves previous life experiences into her present day predicaments. Lottie just celebrated her one-year blog birthday (huge congrats!) and her blog is a great source of funny advice for anyone considering a move to Indonesia. Want proof? Just keep reading for my interview with Lottie…I promise she’ll have you laughing by the end.
Looking back on this first year of living in Jakarta, what are you most proud of?
My greatest achievement thus far, is managing to avoid falling into any of the open sewers that are such an attractive feature of Jakarta…
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“Is Ai Wei Wei a political artist or an artful politician?” wondered Peter Schjeldahl in the pages of The New Yorker – he released an extremely silly video of himself mugging and dancing to the Korean pop juggernaut “Gangnam Style.” It’s not exactly the comportment one expects of the world’s foremost political artist and dissident.