Covid restrictions again struck last week to deny art soaks a Festival of Perth level catering event at John Curtin Gallery. (Everything is True, artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah). It’s been so long that I barely remember what a mini quiche tastes like. Kind of salty yeah? My artist impression of a FOP tier opening can be contrasted with the reality using the compare slider below. (Thx Pieter Brueghel (the old C.)
Imagine the boot of covid stamping on carrot sticks and dips forever. Look at how much space was reserved for trestles for platters! Now? Not.
But apart from rare roast beef and wine from bottles approaching the double figure mark -(retail), how much did you miss? Opening speeches can be a bit tedious, with all the thanking that needs to be done and the acknowledging of sponsors taking up much of the oxygen. Rather than hearing that, most people would be wanting to ask the artist questions like “How did you fashion the sheep arses for the carcasses? Freehand modelling, or were they cast whole? Do you have to touch them up with the dremel? Hot knife?”
Fortunately these mysteries can be cleared up, because Abdul-Rahman Abdullah will be giving an artist talk on Sunday 21st Feb.
And despite the lack of mini quiches, some very high level works in the exhibition. definitely one to see.