Monday, September 15, 2008

Sidney Nolan We are the Landscape

If you live in Brisbane. You must, you must, you must go to the Sidney Nolan Retrospective at the Qld Art Gallery. Unlike the much hyped Picasso Exhibition this one is free, I've been three times and it's bloody brilliant.

I've never been much of a fan of Sidney Nolan's work, but seeing his paintings, these grand struggles with the landscape, well, they're like nothing else - ok, so he was influenced by Picasso, but who hasn't been in the last sixty years?

But what he gets, and projects, and is just gloriously there, is this idea of landscape. And our interconnectedness with it. We are the landscape. You could say that is a central theme of fantasy fiction, and it is expressed so well in almost all of Nolan's work.

If you live in Brisbane and you write genre fiction, and you haven't been to the Nolan Retrospective, then you've got a couple of weeks to get along and see it, and you better or, well, let's just say I've been taking an interest in bare knuckle boxing of late...*

* yeah, right.**

**and what is it with all these thinly-veiled threats?

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