Last week I took on another holiday - because just one over Christmas and New Year wasn't enough ;) I went to QLD's Gold Coast and managed to fit in a day trip to Brisbane to check out The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at The Gallery of Modern Art and The Queensland Art Gallery.
I've been to the triennial a couple of times before and it never fails to excite me and motivate me as an artist. It's a huge group of work from local and international artists from within the Asia Pacific region and boasts a colourful and playful collection. It is always mesmerising in size, skill and variety.
If you are in the Brisbane region between now and April 14th, do yourself a favour and witness the fitness!
Below is just a taster of the massive collection on display, and not to mention two of my favourite pieces in the show, from the Australian based Louisa Burfadeci, and Indian born Raqib Shaw.
Louise Bufardeci takes a real mathematical approach to her work. She has become fascinated by string theory, which is a formula being researched and studied by theoretical physicists in an attempt to define the workings of the universe. These small cotton works are pieces of a larger work that was ultimately my favourite piece in the triennial this year. I love the colours Bufardeci has used in combination, I love the organic aura of the line, I love the shadows that are cast from the beautiful little clusters and I love the simplicity of the work. All I wanted to do was hold these little pieces of magic in the palm of my hand like a newborn kitten.
Raqib Shaw's pieces in the show were mesmerising in the true sense of the word. Here is just a detail of his largest piece, Paradise Lost, where you can see the intricacies of his art making process and an introduction to the fantasy worlds he creates. Quite feminine in a visual sense and with materials like glitter, enamel and rhinestones being utilised, Shaw's work is a product of make believe beauty.