Sonnet 5: An exhibition

The opening on Wednesday night was fun, and the exhibition will be open for business at 51 Darling Street Balmain until 24 November, 11 to 6 Thursday to Sunday.

For those who came in late, the exhibition features work by three emerging older women artists: a narrative series by Penny Ryan about her mother and ASIO; exuberant work – mainly prints – by Janet Kossy that makes me think of Weimar art, only joyful; and delicate drawings by Charlie Aarons that reference Morandi‘s still lifes and traditional Kiribati designs.

Some men grow alarmingly sleazy moustaches in November. I do rhyme:

Sonnet 5: An exhibition
John Berger said, ‘Original paintings
are still and silent in a sense
that information [to explain things]
never is.’ Here’s my five cents:
that’s also true of prints and drawings,
whose lines are movement lashed to moorings.
Now frozen, mute, hung on the wall
of Darling Street’s Oddfellows Hall
are rage, desire, despair, compassion,
a mother’s joy, a daughter’s pain,
a moment freed from rat-race strain,
three days to hang, lifetimes to fashion.
We stroll around, we come, we go:
it’s just a little pop-up show.

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Photo by Penny Ryan

8 responses to “Sonnet 5: An exhibition

  1. Very well done, both Jonathan and artists.

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  2. How timely – will be in Sydney this week-end – will come along some time Saturday! The Oddfellows Hall in Darling Street, Balmain! That and the “American Art” at NSW AG – book-ends of sorts.

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  3. Can we see more pictures of the pictures? Your sonnet captures much of the emotion in the show…but the visuals remain obscure to those of us forced to observe from a distance. Looks like the Art Student has headed in some new directions since I last saw her work.

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  4. Jim: Do drop in – it would be good to meet you, at least for the AS to meet you, as I’m sadly going to be elsewhere in Saturday afternoon.
    Will: I’m sorry about the lack of visuals. We’re having some proper photos taken on Monday, and had cards printed of five of the images, and a picture book, which is pretty much where it began. Some kind of realia will be heading your way , depending on what the AS considers worthy.

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  5. We will try and get there as well. Is it Art Show Season? We went to another opening last night.

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