Danie Mellor: The pleasure and vexation of history

 

A striking drawing in blue wax pastel by Mackay-born Danie Mellor explores the complex, often troubling intersections between Indigenous and frontier histories, and brings to light the complicated narratives of Australia’s colonial past. The pleasure and vexation of history 2017 is reminiscent of a tropical paradise — an idyll of tranquillity. Skilfully hand-drawn, and based…

Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Artists I would isolate with…

All this time recently stuck indoors has had me thinking about artists along the lines of the ‘ultimate dinner party’ game where you dream up a list of people from throughout history that you would invite to a magnificent meal. Which artists, I have been wondering, would be most fun to bunker down with to…

5 films to reboot your life

Have you ever wished you could put life into game mode and return to the previous save? Or even just hit Ctrl+Z on your keyboard to start your day over? Here are five films offering a glimmer of what hitting reset would look like, from being forced to fix your issues before life reboots (Groundhog…

An impression: Evening (Mt Coot-tha from Dutton Park)

Now that we’re allowed to venture out somewhat, we thought this was a perfect time to reacquaint ourselves with our Collection favourites that have a local flavour. Continuing with our know ‘Brisbane through the Collection’ series we focus on Evening (Mt Coot-tha from Dutton Park) 1898, an accomplished work of a painter aware of the…

Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Another troubled moment in history

In this time of disruption and distress I am reminded of three Australian artists who worked through their complex feelings and articulated their anguish in these memorable works of art. James Gleeson (1915-2008), Peter Purves Smith (1912-49) and Albert Tucker (1914-99) completed the following paintings between 1938 and 1946 using surrealist methods and approaches to…

5 films that spy on the neighbours… curious?

It’s easy to get bored when you’re stuck inside day after day. Have you considered getting invested in someone else’s life instead?  Like, *really* invested? Here are five films that explore the highs and lows of spying on your neighbours (Rear Window 1954) and its more lurid quasi-remake (Body Double 1984) or frankly anyone else…