The Canberra Museum and Gallery opened up a new gallery on the 23rd called Word of Mouth. It is pretty obvious what they are trying to do with giving it such an auspicious title; they want word of the exhibition to be spread around. Well, that’s what I’m going to do because it damn well deserves some attention.
The exhibition displays abstract art from artists around the country and before you start assuming, no, it’s not random crap that urges you to search for a deeper meaning. Well, at least most of it doesn’t.
To be perfectly honest, it’s good for both ordinary viewers of art who say “that’s a nice colour” and for those who see that a certain stroke in the painting represents the demise of the economy. In short, some of the stuff is really cool to look at. There is a wide range of works, varying from paintings of sharp, geometric patterns by Julie Brooke to large blobs of black, grey, white and dark pink and then back around to beautifully hand crafted glass. (Any guesses as to what the blobs are?)
[Image credit: Vivienne Binns 2006 Stark Knitting, Acrylic and pencil on canvas 130x165cm]