I’ve seen a few unusual artworks over the years — a sordid unmade bed at the Tate; a horribly lifelike model of a tiny, shriveled and ancient grandmother in her final throes of life; even a selection of used tampons from around the world bizarrely displayed in a vitrine at Sydney’s MCA. But I never expected to see a friend’s hair bundled up like bread rolls in a bakers’ lunch tray at the Manly Museum. The hair rolls are part of a marvelous exhibition called Lunch for the Trades, made by Ruth Downes, sculptor, designer and creator of many inspired public artworks.
The Australian landscape, the subject of endless tributes by artists of all media, is given an intriguing and mysteriously-sexual twist by Fiona Lowry. In her show at Sydney’s Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Lowry has painted dream-like images of the bush. Instead of flora and fauna, she shows shadowy human figures, some engaged in overtly sexual behaviour, […]