Wednesday, April 03, 2019

A Thousand Blog Posts

Though no doubt many other weblogs have celebrated (or not) one thousand posts, I’m pleased to have achieved this milestone in the almost thirteen years I have been maintaining this blog.

To celebrate I will write about the Escher X Nendo Exhibition at National Gallery of Victoria, which I finally attended last week.

Sign outside Gallery
Subtitled “Between Two Worlds”, the exhibition is a masterful blending of the remarkable mind bending graphic art of Dutch artist M. C. Escher and Japanese design studio Nendo, the art being displayed within a  physical space created by Nendo.

It worked a treat.

Escher’s art was very popular in the 1960s and 70s and indeed was used in a number of record covers at the time.  I have a large paperback edition of The Graphic Work of M.C. Escher published in 1973 (third printing) which I acquired during that time.

Many of the graphic works in the book were on display at the exhibition.

Hand with reflecting globe

Three Worlds

Rippled surface

Bond of Union
The exhibition was comprehensive, detailing Escher’s development as an artist and master of his craft (wood engraving and lithography).

The Nendo installations scattered throughout did indeed give a dizzying version of what was on the walls. I took some photographs in the Nendo Transforming House installation which turned out remarkably well; even the blurred photo looks mysterious and out of this world.

Transforming House installation
Section of installation

Section of installation with silhouette
Installation section – blurred with silhouette
There was a lot to absorb, and it grew quite disorienting by the end, the brain ( a heavy cold didn't help) growing tired of optical illusions. You’d need a few days (with breaks in between) to take in the whole exhibition.

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