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yayoi kusama: mirrored years - an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney


I really enjoyed this show by this internationally acclaimed Japanese artist.  To be honest, I not only enjoyed her artworks but  was genuinely amazed and most impressed by her artistic achievements.

This exhibition consists of hundreds of pieces: paintings, sculptures, screen prints, installations, light shows, photos, film, books and more.   The variety of her approaches seems to be without limit, the creativity is most original and the execution is flawless.

 

This major exhibition spans decades of her artistic career, and it is full of fun and - to my mind - oozing optimism and life affirming energy.  Unlike much of fashionable contemporary art nowadays, Kusama's art does not drag you down, but instead it elevates your spirit and celebrates life.

 I loved all of it and I am going back to have another look and get a boost of inspiration and a great deal of enjoyment.

Highly recommended!


topical matters -- the bill henson controversy


Here is a short commentary, off the cuff, so to speak, and my subjective response to this controversy:

As reported in the local press, in May 2008 the police raided Roslyn Oxley Gallery in Sydney and removed a number of photographs by Bill Henson.  This happened just before the opening of the show and in response to a number of complaints.  The police asserted that some photographs of the naked teenage girls can be considered child pornography and in breach of the law and they are considering laying charges against Mr Henson and the gallery owners.

This sparked a great uproar and a national debate in the press.  Some people are incensed by this censorship and are defending the right of artists to freely  exercise their artistic freedom and creativity.  Others are accusing the photographer and the gallery owners of peddling pornographic images of underage girls and boys.

Bill Henson is a prominent and internationally recognised photographer, his work has been exhibited in and purchased by many national, state and regional galleries.  His photographs attract very high prices.

I do not intend to discuss whether his photographs are pornographic or not, I just want to comment on his work generally and express my reaction to his  images that I have seen.  This is substantially based on two programs about his work shown on ABC television recently and some photos published in the newspapers.

 

I acknowledge that Bill Henson is a great photographer, who is most competent technically and who creates the most striking images and with a high degree of  artistic merit.  He manages to create a certain moody, brooding and mystical atmosphere, whether a landscape, urban environment or a person or a group of people.  And this is where I become not only intrigued and puzzled, but critical and questioning his approach. 

I find Bill Henson's work quite depressing, especially his images of teenagers who look abused, depressed, drug addicted, anguished and probably even suicidal.   The mood he creates is very striking, and in my opinion quite nihilistic, the depiction is pessimistic and the overwhelming feeling is despair.  I do not like the unhappiness and tragedy which dominate the photographs.

On my part as an artist who celebrates the wonders and beauty of nature and aims to focus on the pleasant side of life, I find Bill Henson's approach seemingly in direct opposition to mine.  I strongly believe in creating optimistic artworks and try to produce works which can be spiritually uplifting.  So I find it most difficult to admire many of his photographs, which I find so depressing, have a dark mood and celebrate anguish.  I prefer happy, optimistic, joyful and life affirming artworks.


featured artwork


eucalyptus leaves semi-abstract original acrylic art painting

786  Eucalyptus leaves
153x122cm / 60x48in acrylic on canvas, self-framed


news - stop press


The following article was published in the Mosman Daily on 12 May 2011.

I donated one of my paintings to the charity Asylum Seekers Centre, and it will auctioned on their Quiz Night.
Further information available on their web www.asylunseekerscentre.org.au.

newspaper article about Ernie Gerzabek donating painting to charity


Ernie Gerzabek Artist Gallery

 

Ernie Gerzabek 2000-2016


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