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I continue to work on my book and prepare for a number of exhibitions later in the year. This could see Carolina and I pass through towns a little larger than La Consulta. If all goes as planned Melbourne, Sydney, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Amsterdam, Paris, Glasgow and Reykjavik will be found on my flight itinerary. These are the possible pit stops on yet another circumnavigation of Earth. I wonder how many laps I have done now and how much fossil fuelled mess I have added to the world?
Art activity during this year of the bunny rabbit is slowly slotting into place. Here are a few possible opening exhibition dates for your diary. More concrete details will follow in future intransits –
9th September HONG KONG.
1st October BANGKOK.
29th October AMSTERDAM.
If anyone happens to be in Darwin please visit the excellent 24 HRArt. www.24hrart.org.au
The NT centre for Contemporary Art will be screening two of my Antarctic films.
WINTEROVER - 11-02-11 to 19-03-11
DUMBSHOW - 25-03-11 to 30-04-11
Before landing in those faraway cities we must devour plenty more fresh fruit plucked from the trees and shrubs grown in the earth surrounding our house. Apricots, peaches, melons, figs, pears, apples and plums have all been eaten, preserved and liquefied over summer. Sadly I did not try the black and white fruit from a cactus growing in our garden. It looked edible as the flesh was not unlike the Vietnamese cactus fruit known as “dragon fruit” but it was a little too alien to bite into and sadly the local ants beat me to this possible delicacy.
Wild electrical storms have made evening sky viewings rather intense and I have even attempted to film some of these impressive light shows. What to do with such footage is another question. Carolina is in busy harvest mode as it is now time to pluck grapes and to slowly transform the juice to wine. A hectic time is ahead for the coming weeks.
I continue to be hectic with paint, words and images. These are just other forms of juices that I mix and ferment which I hope to turn into a stronger drop called art. Will this 2011 vintage of my creativity be tasty, strong, toxic or a blend of all? I shall wait until it congeals and then let you know or if possible you could drop into one of my upcoming shows and have a close look yourself.
It’s a very hot and dry day today so I think back to my time at Mawson station when it was so easy to cool off by a dip into the refreshing lumpy water.