(This voyage happened a little while ago –
Got a bit too busy to complete and post it at the time, but here it is now…)
Time for the Foire papier and I’ve signed up for a hooked-up tour to see all kinds of hot shows and behind-the-scenes tours with curators and fun stuff.
In the morning on my way to the train station, rushing late onto the commuter train platform, I see a familiar face amongst the crowd – my sister!
Such a treat, such a surprise, and a chance to chat about travel plans, kids, family this and that, our 2 bashful waspy selves happily delighted at the unexpected intimacy.
Some hours later, early evening in a crowded vernissage in Old Montreal, mind blown already by the totally rad exhibit by Bharti Kher, hinting at things deeply feminine, reproductive, migratory, a cross between exquisite sensuality and mass production…
We are milling around by the bar, people-watching the funked-out Montreal artists in psychedelic shades and storm trooper boots, when across the room again I see a familiar face…
My sister-out-of-law! Another most adored human!
Not quite officially related (she is my son’s aunt, but my ex and I never married), it is wonderful to see her after some years of missing each other in passing, and there is news of new cousins in the mix, and tell me, tell me, how are all the kids?
It feels awfully apropos to be surrounded by spermatazoid specks and female shapes on this day of family, tribe, migrations and reconnections.
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Next day, another 12 or 14 exhibits, but my favourite is this one, yet another amazing female artist, Elly Strik – new to me, very drawing based –
This entire room is called the “dream room”, with a huge drawing on one wall of Freud’s couch, and many smaller drawings of more intimate details on the surrounding walls.
The major portion of the show is comprised of these massive mysterious female almost-portraits… beautiful yet unknowable, huge and yet tender.
And you, Gentle Reader?
Seen any good Art lately?
8 thoughts on “Female Fates”
I discovered how to Pollok 🙂
Oh, I love it! Love the black background and the way the yellow and red pop…and the restraint, relative to Pollock 🙂
The urge to go BIG is strong 😉
Oh man, I totally relate to the BIG factor…
The only thing is finding cheap BIG surfaces 🙂
I’m still doing lots of big things on mylar –
Now that is an awesome capture.
Kinda fun – https://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/28/arts/design/jackson-pollocks-one-number-31-1950-restored-by-moma.html
Cool. I have a friend who’s an art conservator and to walk around a gallery with her is wild. Forgotten the name of the piece now, but in Canberra she told me to get up close to a huge canvas, quite famous too. Unseen (and unknown) to most, what she was showing me in the corner was the artists’ vomit.