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Exhibition the real thing
The works of celebrated Australian
artist Robert Hannaford will feature
in an exhibition at historic Carrick
Hill, Springfield, until the end of
Hannaford, a realist artist with a
remarkable talent for capturing
the world around him, is equally
at home and competent when
engaging with landscape and still life
His fascination with the visible world
has sustained an artistic practice
built on close observation of the
everyday, from people and places
to creatures, plants and all kinds of
objects, great and small.
Central to this is the act of looking
with fresh eyes, to see things as if
for the first time. For the artist, art
has always been about "the thing
seen, the thing in itself." Nowhere is
this more evident than in his body of
work linked to still life traditions.
The Real Thing is the first exhibition
of Hannaford's work to focus on this
aspect of his practice.
It is drawn almost entirely from the
artist's own studio collection and
brings together favourite and rarely
or never exhibited works; paintings,
drawings and formative sketches to
demonstrate that for Hannaford the
simplest thing can be a wonder to
The exhibition's curator John
Neylon -- also the author of Robert
Hannaford: Natural Eye -- sees this
exhibition as an opportunity to go to
the heart of the artist's practice.
"For Robert Hannaford", he says,
"everything is essentially an object,
be it a face, a figure, rock, creature
or a building. Everything is closely
observed and its inner life revealed.
The reason that his art compels is
that it is engaged with the nature of
individual things and experiences. Its
relevance is that it not only looks at
the world with fresh eyes but invites
us all to do the same."
The Real Thing includes many
works that demonstrate Hannaford's
dazzling technical skills in rendering
such items as fruit, flowers, plants,
trees and a diversity of household
and farm items.
Alongside these are interpretations
of landscapes, self and other
portraits, pets, domestic livestock
and native creatures which reinforce
a deeper appreciation of the artist's
"eye" and practice, constantly
interrogating the visible world.
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Queer and familiar fables
Is your phone smarter than you
are? Why does the weather map
turn purple, and how do you protect
your tomatoes when it does? And
just what do you do with a lesbian
Fables Queer and Familiar is a wry,
affectionate story of two lesbian
grannies, their friends, family and
Anyone who knows an ageing activist
will recognise the combination of
good intentions and aching joints.
And the young will identify the
children as they try to make sense of
a mystifying adult world.
Their passions range from gay
marriage to gardening, refugees to
recycling, dogs to dishonesty. They
live around the corner from you.
Fables Queer and Familiar is a serial
in the spirit of Armistead Maupin's
Tales of the City or Alexander
McCall Smith. It is based on the
online serial Adelaide Days, and
like Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home
Companion it also exists as an audio
Fables Queer and Familiar, written by
Margaret Merrilees, with illustrations
by Chia Moan, is published by
Wakefield Press. RRP is $24.95.
Margaret Merrilees reading Fables
Queer and Familiar will be broadcast
in 55 parts by Radio Adelaide from
December 2015 (signature music
by Jen Clark, www.jenclark.net) and
distributed through the national
community radio network.
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copies of Fables Queer and
Familiar to give away to lucky
readers. For your chance to
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Fables Queer and Familiar
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