Today I was enraptured by exhibits at the APT at the Gallery of Modern Art. A good friend from Melbourne was in town and we had wonderful few hours at this recently opened show. All I can say is that I am so pleased to have the luxury of time to be able to attend the triennial over the next few months - the chance to view various spaces at leisure, watch films and attend special events - most of it free and open to the public.First up is the jaw-dropping taxidermied elk with glass and acrylic beads called Pix-Elk#2 2009 by Japanese artist Kohei Nawa. I took a number of photos from various angles in the attempt to capture the sheer visual delight of the glass beads. In a small room of its own, with extraordinary white lighting and an unusually low ceiling the effect once inside and close up was both mesmerising and mind-blowing. It was created with the support of the Fondation d'enterprise Hermes and one can see why such support was necessary. I had seen promo images of the Elk - despite drawing ones attention it had nothing of the impact of seeing it today. When you visit the Gallery website you can read more on this work and listen to a audio guide to hear it discussed - as with various works in this show. The virtual tour may be found here.
Installation: Escape! For a dream land - Jiten Thurkral and Sumir Tagra have been collaborating since 2000. This installation refers to the Punjabi cultural phenomenon of migration to Europe, Nth America or Australia in search of a better life and the prestige that brings to families. Walls are lined with photos of the young who have left home. This was a wonderful installation to walk into and spend time in. Vivid - but not just in the obvious ways. The fact one could sit on the lounge amidst this domesticity - albeit rather stage-set-like - the sense of social aspiration and changes taking places was eveident. (Thanks to my friend CC for playing a part here!) Read more here and see their website here.
Thukral and Tagra
NOTE: I took many images today and will no doubt take more. The works on view are diverse and highly engaging. I have only referred to two works here which is a minute taste of what can be seen and experienced at APT.