Pip & Pop have a huge exhibit at GoMA at the moment entitled “We miss you magic land” in the Childrens’ Gallery area. It’s fun, definitely pitched to kids and has cool computer-based activities connected with it as well which my kids really liked.
It’s all a bit ‘trippy’ for my tastes, but certainly spectacular (see the gallery below – click the pictures for full size slideshow) – and your kids will probably love it too.
“We miss you magic land” is free at GoMA and finishes in early March, so if you are keen to see it – be quick!
I promise that this is the last blog post about GoMA for a while – I have other art galleries to haunt ;) – and here are links to my other posts from the same (photographically productive) day.
I wouldn’t usually blog about something ‘commercial’ but this shop impresses me as an artspace and low-tech design example in its own right. It has a real texture to it and (having been to many, many markets with my wife and 2 girls in recent times) it strikes me as a strong expression of current ‘handmade’ culture.
It’s located in an old building in a heritage area (much of which is slightly shabby itself):
and the decor is minimal, industrial / artisan / quirky. You can get a good impression of their overall look at their blog, here: http://www.cultivershop.blogspot.com.au/. I love the botanical designs on that blog by someone rather talented, by the way, very jealous!
Cultiver has some fascinating stuff and the presentation is quite lovely. My wife and kids found many ‘objects of desire’ there (I would probably rather photograph them than buy them, but, hey, they’re not designed to appeal to me!)
These fabric robots are spectacular. There were many, many different types and I just wanted to pull them all out of their old crate and line them up for happy snaps. (The girls just wanted to take them all home.)
Lego jewellery is always a market favourite for my Lego-obsessed girls and it’s represented here too:
Here’s a better look at that platestand from the shopfront window:
There was plenty of other beautiful stuff which I didn’t photograph, as well as a screen-printing workshop going on which captured the girls’ interest.
Definitely somewhere that I’d like to visit again, to take more pictures. But, I might have to leave the girls (or at least all of our wallets) at home, or I’d come out a LOT poorer :). Worth a wandering visit, if you like your shops to have ‘texture’.
(Photos taken with the permission of the shop owner. No, I don’t just wander into shops and start taking photos. All photos taken with my 60mm Macro, ‘cos that’s all I had with me.)
There was lots more rain here yesterday, which foiled plans for a photo-shoot where I was going to take photos of “actual humans” :).
I wandered through Nerima Gardens (established 17 years ago to celebrate a ‘sister city’ relationship with Nerima-ku, Tokyo, Japan) instead, between showers of rain. Nerima Gardens are full of quiet and subtle beauty.
All shots here are with my 60mm Macro lens (it’s hard to change lenses while holding an umbrella). I was looking for the teahouse – read on to see whether I found it ;).
I am not normally a fan of bamboo, but it was more beautiful than I had expected, in the rain.
This fellow was nearby (along with plenty of his friends). I haven’t been able to figure out what species he is, but since he was the size of the palm of my hand, I wasn’t getting any closer.
I wandered up the path, umbrella in one hand and camera in the other.
Looking for the ‘secret’ entrance to the teahouse path:
Ducking under the leafless tree, full of raindrops:
Up another path:
Cutting through the conifers:
I just love the lines of raindrops ready to fall from the bridge railing:
Had a great trip with the family to the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (universally known as GoMA), which is celebrating its 5 year anniversary.
There were some great exhibits including a major one by Yayoi Kusama, children’s gallery by Pip & Pop, and work by Ah Xian . I’ll blog about them in more detail another time. The featured exhibit is of the drawings of Matisse, which I hope to see soon (no photography allowed in the Matisse exhibit – booooo!)
No time for this exhibit today!
Can’t believe they don’t allow non-flash photos – Neanderthals!
The Across Country exhibit – showcasing 5 years of the GoMA indigenous art collection – was fantastic too – I’ll do a blog post about it in more detail later. The Glory Poles were great to photograph.
Stay tuned for more blog posts about the exhibits – I took hundreds of photos so they’ll take a while to sort through – first impressions look good!
I’m not really one for taking lots of “people” shots. My sister S and I joke that she looks for interesting people to take photos of – while I’m more inclined to think: “Why won’t that @$&*% person get out of my shot.”
I always enjoy catching other photographers in action – I figure that, by definition, they are fair game to be the subjects of my photos. If I can catch them in an otherwise beautiful photo – so much the better. The photo above with the silhouetted photographer is exactly what I like to try to capture.
Here are a few of my other favourite “photographer at work” pics:
This photographer was good enough to take a photo of herself. Twice actually, if you look closely….
Of course it would only be fair to post one of me “at work” – taken by my 8 year old daughter – she thought it was hilarious.