Before the studio visit, Mapfara and I had a look at Look!, the new show of contemporary art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia. I was curious to see this show as the website said that ‘several artists in Look! embrace craft handwork and a folk art sensibility in the creative process’. Indeed there are some intriguingly made works in the show, such as ceramics by Janet Korakas and glass sculpture by Nick Mangan. Interestingly, the show overall had a baroque feel, with highly ornamented objects particularly skulls and motorbikes. This can be a challenging style, but risks lapsing into the mere ornamental. This isn’t helped by the strangely flat title of the exhibition, ‘Look’, even with the exclamation mark. I fear the deadening hand of the media department on that one. Nonetheless, great to see the NGV:A venturing into the third dimension.
Wim Delvoye is certainly diverting. The association of baroque with feminine is challenged by his large mechanical structures cast in intricate Gothic forms. But you have to wonder, who actually made these works? Delvoye has been able to access an amazing foundry. It is possible that David Elliott will include some of his work in the next Sydney Biennale, though it is likely to be his performance work with tattooed pigs. But that’s another story.A stroll around the website of Belgian conceptual artist