my (amateur) photography adventure



“Head On” – Cai Guo-Qiang

More pictures of the “Head On” exhibit – part of “Falling Back to Earth” by Cai Guo-Qiang at GoMA.

Head On, Cai Guo-Qiang-1609

Head On, Cai Guo-Qiang-1625

I was lucky enough to see the artist in person, being interviewed:

Head On, Cai Guo-Qiang-1717

Cai Guo-Qiang: “Falling Back to Earth” Preview

Cai Guo-Qiang-1719

'Heritage' by Cai Guo-Qiang
‘Heritage’ by Cai Guo-Qiang
'Eucalyptus' by Cai Guo-Qiang
‘Eucalyptus’ by Cai Guo-Qiang
'Head On' by Cai Guo-Qiang
‘Head On’ by Cai Guo-Qiang

A preview of my opening-day visit today to the “Falling Back to Earth” exhibit by Cai Guo-Qiang at Gallery of Modern Art.


The Paramodel installation and artworks are part of the Asia Pacific Triennial 7 exhibition at Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane).

[click any picture for fullsize]

You can see my previous blog posts in relation to art from APT7 here –> APT7

Kwoma Arts at APT7

More enormous art from APT7.

These ‘koromb’ and ‘kwat’ artworks are by PNG Artists Kwoma Arts – fantastic!

Enormous Art at APT7

APT7 is the seventh “Asia Pacific Triennial” art exhibit, on show right now at Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art.

Here are a few pictures taken earlier in the week, during our quick visit.

There are a number of very, very large art pieces including these two featured in these pictures: “Big Yellow” by Richard Maloy, and “Korumbo” by the Britiki Cultural Group (Papua New Guinean artists).

Both of these are almost too big to be photographed with my 18 – 135 lens at 18mm. Big Yellow is 2 stories tall and fills one entire end of a large gallery – I would guess it is 15m long. One of these photos is taken inside it! I have included a photo of Korumbo with people in front of it for scale – it is about 12m tall, possibly more.

Plenty of extra pictures will follow, of other interesting art from APT7, in future posts.






‘Contemporary Australia: Women’ exhibit

Above: “A wake” by Judith Wright

More art from the recent “Contemporary Australia: Women’ exhibit at Gallery of Modern Art.

“The mystery of beauty left me standing still and silent” by Monica Tichacek
“Over and Over / Again and Again” by Rose Nolan

See my many previous posts about GoMA here:

GoMA: Sandra Selig and Louise Weaver

These artworks are also part of the current “Contemporary Australia: Women’ exhibit at Gallery of Modern Art.

prisms remember you, Sandra Selig

‘prisms remember you’ may do interesting things to your camera if you try to use autofocus – good luck!

Much Deeping (in front of Bird Hide), Louise Weaver
Hiding in plain sight, and Bird Hide, Louise Weaver

See my many previous posts about GoMA here:

Pistil, Hiromi Tango

This massive 2 story ‘hands on’ installation is part of the “Contemporary Australia: Women’ exhibit at Gallery of Modern Art.  Very popular with the kids.

See my many previous posts about GoMA here:

Cloisonné – Ah Xian

I was back at GoMA last weekend and had to revisit this work, which I think is just brilliant.

I’ve experimented a bit with a combination of B&W and colour in these pics – not sure if I’m happy with the results – let me know what you think!

Ah Xian’s work Human human – lotus, cloisonné figure 1

Another of Ah Xian’s works ‘Human human – Bust No.5’ is also on display – it’s a bit confronting for my taste, but a nice contrast to these other pictures.

Human human – Bust No.5

My other post with pictures of Ah Xian’s work is here: Cloisonné.

Lightness, GoMA

Photos from a visit to GoMA to see the new exhibit “Lightness & Gravity”:

Reflection of the City Skyline, in the eastern wall of GoMA
Jungle by Nöel Skrzypczak - a new 3-storey tall work at GoMA. Photo by Miss Eight.
This 'flower' was part of the major "Look Now, See Forever" Kusama exhibit, and has been purchased by GoMA for their permanent collection. Kurilpa Bridge in the background.

For pictures of the Look Now See Forever exhibit, look here: Look Now See Forever.  Kurilpa Bridge is here: Kurilpa

"Wrapping History" by Kazakh artist Almagul Menlibayeva. Duratrans print in lightbox. Part of the "Lightness & Gravity" exhibit at GoMA.
"Woods III" by Shigeo Toya. "Stamping the Water" by Song Dong at the left. Part of the "Lightness & Gravity" exhibit at GoMA. Great photo by Miss Eight.
Side-on view of "Museum of Silence" by Eugene Carchesio. Miss Eight and the edge of "Lightning for Neda" in the background.
Part of "Stamping the Water" by Song Dong, seen through "Woods III" by Shigeo Toya. Part of the "Lightness & Gravity" exhibit at GoMA.
part of the portfolio "Sacrifice" by Michael Riley
Part (about 10% of) the large artwork "Lightning for Neda" by Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, in the "Lightness & Gravity" exhibit at GoMA
artworks by Gemma Smith on display at GoMA as part of the "Lightness & Gravity" exhibit: Boulder Prototype #2, Chessboard Painting #8 in the background
Inside the Lightness & Gravity exhibit at GoMA. Photo by Miss Eight.

We also briefly visited the rest of Queensland Art Gallery and the Queensland Museum and other places on the same day – so I hope to add those photos later.

For other photos from previous trips to GoMA, see the above links, and these ones:

GoMA turns 5


and other posts linked from those.


McDonnell & East facade

Kurilpa Bridge is a pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting the southern part of the Brisbane CBD to the ‘south bank’ of the Brisbane River near Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art.

It’s a controversial, but I think, striking structure.

Tank St skyline section
East along the river, State Library of Queensland
love the curve
North - one of the many construction cranes on the skyline

Pip & Pop

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.

GoMA turns 5

Across Country (one of my favourites)

Look Now, See Forever – Yayoi Kusama

Cloisonné (another of my favourites)

Yes, sometimes there are people…(part 2) .

Look Now, See Forever – Yayoi Kusama, GoMA

‘Look Now, See Forever’ is a “major solo exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama” at Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art.

Quite stunning.

photographers enjoying "Dots Obsession” by Yayoi Kusama
"Flowers that bloom at midnight” by Yayoi Kusama
"Dots Obsession” by Yayoi Kusama
"Flowers that bloom at midnight” by Yayoi Kusama
"Flowers that bloom at midnight” by Yayoi Kusama, other works in background
2009-2010 paintings by Yayoi Kusama
"Flowers that bloom at midnight”; Yayoi Kusama
"TRANSMIGRATION" by Yayoi Kusama, seen through "Flowers that bloom at midnight"
Entry to "The Obliteration Room” by Yayoi Kusama
Looking back through "The Obliteration Room” by Yayoi Kusama
Resting, "The Obliteration Room” by Yayoi Kusama
Up close, in "The Obliteration Room” by Yayoi Kusama

Previous posts from GoMA:

GoMA turns 5
Yes, sometimes there are people… (part 2)
Across Country

Across Country

“Across Country” is an exhibition showcasing five years of indigenous Australian art from the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art collection.

There are some quite stunning pieces:

Aurukun artists - camp dogs. 'Dibirdibi Country' by Sally Gabori in the background.
Collection of wire and metal 'bags'
Bagu and Jiman (Firestick figure) by Girringun artists

I thought these ‘morning star poles’ were absolutely fantastic:

Banumbirr (Morning star poles) by Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island) artists
Grey-feathered morning star pole by Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island) artist
Feather bundles, morning star pole by Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island) artist
Actually from a different collection, but pretty fabulous...

I loved these baskets, and the shadows were pretty great as well:


More pictures are below.  You can see my previous photos from GoMA at GoMA turns 5, Cloisonne, and Yes, sometimes there are people… (part 2).

Yes, sometimes there are people…. (Part 2)

Darn people keep getting in my shots . . . :)

A continuation of this series, see the previous post here —> Yes, sometimes there are people ….

Reflections (the artwork is "Reach Up to the Universe, Dotted Pumpkins" by Yayoi Kusama)
Busy busy busy (the artwork is "The Obliteration Room" by Yayoi Kusama)

I hope you get the sense of ‘chaos’ from this photo – complete with the lens flare from the low, bright lighting – that’s the mood I was trying to capture.  Which is a nice contrast to this next one:

Drawing room
Rainbow connection

I like how people are a feature in most of these pics, but not the main feature – just the style which I like.

These photos are all taken at GoMA, and you can see my other related posts GoMA turns 5 and Cloisonné by following those links.

I’ll finish with one of my favourite things – silhouettes:

in / out


(I don’t think this post will offend anyone, but please note it contains ‘mature content’.)

This full size cloisonné figure (made of copper covered in enamel) was one of the works I thought was fantastic at GoMA on the weekend.

(If you missed the previous post about GoMA’s 5th anniversary, it’s here:  GoMA turns 5)

This figure is in a great spot in front of a window overlooking the river and even the approach to it is interesting to photograph, with reflections in front and the light behind:

Looking up
Ah Xian's work Human human - lotus, cloisonné figure 1

GoMA turns 5

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!)

GoMA from Kurilpa pedestrian Bridge (if you look closely you can see the rainbow again...)
Montague Rd end of GoMA - which I think is quite stunning.


No time for this exhibit today!

Can’t believe they don’t allow non-flash photos – Neanderthals!

Peeking in to the Matisse Drawing Room
The Gallery is a great space.
We hardly stopped... taking photos
Kohei Nawa's work "PixCell - Double Deer #4"
Across Country exhibit - Glory Poles in the background

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.

State Library of Queensland facade, next door.

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!

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