The potter and the dentist

‘Carl and Phillip McConnell: Queensland studio potters’ is an exhibition by a father and son team of potters who established Australia–wide profiles. Carl McConnell was one of the hundreds of thousands of American Servicemen who passed through Brisbane but made lasting ties when he met and married a local girl, Bernice (Bunny) Pearson. Carl and…

Follow the red dirt road

‘Contemporary Australia: Women’ features a remarkable group of seven paintings by women of the Amata Community in the north-west of South Australia. Inspired by the Gallery’s commission to paint for ‘the special place’ (the Gallery) the women of the Amata Community excelled themselves and consider these large-scale works to be their best ever. I visited Amata…

A return to reading

At the Gallery, there’s an ever-increasing interest in reading, with many QAGOMA Members making the most of the monthly Book Club program. We may be living in an age of technology overload, surrounded by blogs, tweets, and social media posts, but 2012 also happens to be the national year of reading and all around us…

Cleaning Ian Fairweather’s ‘Head’ c.1955

The cleaning of paintings is a fascinating subject. Changes in approaches to conservation practice mean that cleaning now often involves varnish removal. Traditional conservation practice commonly involves removing an old discoloured varnish from a paint layer and the changes are often visually dramatic. Natural resin varnishes such as dammar and mastic turn yellow over time,…

Embodied Acts: Live and Alive

Embodied Acts is an exciting program of performances, events and actions taking place in and around the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) during ‘Contemporary Australia: Women’. Involving a diverse group of artists whose practices criss-cross between disciplines and interests, Embodied Acts foregrounds site-specific, performative and ephemeral forms of art. Each of the artists, in variously…