Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Archibald

We took the boys into the Myer Ballroom today to check out the Archibald 2007 exhibit. We've taken them every year, except the last two. Last year Dave went with a friend, and the year before was just before Bryn was born so I didn't feel up to the trip and the walking...

Anyway, the big boys were both excited to go today, and both packed pens and paper so THEY could draw. Erik has been drawing almost constantly for the past year, and Luey has just discovered the joys of drawing in the past fortnight.

When we got there Erik was immediately enthralled and walked around by himself checking all the paintings out, I talked to him about some of them, telling him about what the artists had said about the paintings, and pointing out to him that there was actually a portrait done of the painter who painted one of his two favourite paintings from the exhbit! He thought that was excellent.

Erik's favourite painting was of the exhibit was of a man with a sheep's head, and was titled "Black sheep of the family", It was a self-portrait and I explained ot Erik that the significance of the sheeps head was for the painter to show that he was like a black sheep, or the odd one out in his family, that he was different from the rest of his famly. He liked that. He was intrigued by the various self-portraits and how the artists managed to paint themselves (see themselves to paint themselves in the picture)...

Luey was restless when we first got in to the exhibit and I had to start taking him out to get him to settle down, but he also managed to get into the paintings, and could at least identify which paintings he didn't like (the ones with the thick daubs of paint on them)...

I was generally very impressed with this years finalist, and was happy to see my favourite painting won the people's choice prize (the painting depicted above)...

Dave has talked about entering the Archibald, and I really wish he would! But I can also completely understand how he feels he can't be creative without space and time, and peace! It's hard when you have three kids around, I find it hard to write with the drip, drip of daily grind in the background... As George Bernhard Shaw liked to say, "Art goes out the front door when a baby carriage stands in the hallway"...

ETA: Thanks to Jen, I can show you guys the other portraits we liked and disliked in this family...



Both Dave and I quite liked this one, I just found out...



This was Erik's fave portrait. The Black sheep of the family...



This was Erik's second favourite portrait



This was the one Luey hated because of the daubs of paint, and truthfully I get where he's coming from, it doesn't do much for me either...




This was the one Bryn liked with the dog in it... He liked all the ones with dogs in them - there were three I think, but this is the one that he really, really reacted too positively...



Dave liked this one too...

3 comments:

Juniper said...

Oooh, I took my kids last Tuesday, and they loved it too! Both first ran around trying to find the "winner", then went around looking at all the others, and choosing which was their favourite.

We used the computers on the way out, and chose and voted on our "people's favourite". DD chose the painting of the baby (was it something like Lily Rose?) and I chose the one of Toni Collette cause I liked that a lot. I can't remember which one DS chose???? I also liked the one that looked like a pirate? the really big one?

How did your kids go considering you have to go via the toy department? My kids love Myer toys, but DD can't mamage to get through without one small tanty about wanting a toy LOL (this time, it was nappies for her Baby Alive doll - $19.99 for SIX!!!)

HipbubbyMama said...

Interesting..how long is this on for? I'd like to go, but I cant spare the time atm due to assignments needing to be in this week! Is that last one ofPaul Kelly? And I quite like the "dauby" one :)

Sif said...

It's on till July 1st :)..

Hahaha, well, that's why art is all about personal preference, the eye of the beholder and all that! Jen and I disgree on the Toni Collette portraits, she likes it, and it does nothing for me...

Teenagers and the failing parent...