Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Danie Mellor's quest for consistent excellence, Trouble Mag, May 2012

'The Reality of Myth' 2011, pencil, pastel, glitter, Swarovski crystal and wash on Saunders Waterford paper 195 x 137 cm.

It was an accident on a prawn trawler that prompted Danie Mellor to reconsider his career options. When asked how he became an artist, he recounts, “What pushed me onto the right path eventually was an accident on the back deck of a prawn trawler in the Gulf of Carpentaria when I was working as a deckhand. We had trawled through a reef and damaged the nets, so hauled them up for repair, and two large rocks fell from the nets twenty feet above me, landing on my back while I was underneath them working. That left me a bit winded, shall we say, and I spent the next three months in bed recuperating and wondering what I should really be doing.” Read more...

Melburnin' May 2012

Brian Duffy (Great Britain 1933–2010), 'David Bowie: Aladdin Sane' – 1973, digital print, printed 2011, 38.2 x 38.2 cm. Courtesy Duffy Archive, London.

As the temperature drops in Melbourne, we find ourselves digging out those winter boots and jackets in preparation for the chilly months ahead. We’re over summer salads and start yearning for the comfort of warm winter soups and hearty roasts. It’s also a great time of year to head out to the Yarra Valley for a change of scenery and seasons. Not much surpasses the pleasure of snuggling up in a pub or winery with a nice glass of vino or a warm cappuccino. Even though the Yarra Valley is renowned for its beautiful wineries, it’s also a bit of a cultural hub, as TarraWarra Museum of Art (TWMA) clearly demonstrates this month. Read more...