Review: Melbourne Now
‘Melbourne Now’ delivers on the comment Tony Elwood made earlier this year; ‘I can’t ask the community to get behind me if I’m not getting behind them’. 1 Congratulations Tony; it’s so great to see the city’s considerable creativity being celebrated on such a scale. Already the galleries are swarming, just one week into this holiday season blockbuster.
Juan Ford’s interactive wall, ‘You, me and the flock’, where we are all encouraged to stick a bird on the designated wall, is showing signs of over- population, and Juan’s little black birds have begun popping up all around the gallery as the creative kinder have strayed from their flocking wall to think outside the box; sticking their little black birds onto any available surface. Perhaps they see them as some sort of Readymade graffiti tags.
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By Gary Willis
Gary Willis has been an artist for over 40 years. His post-object work is noted in ‘Performance Art in Australia 1969 – 1992’, his early video work in the global ‘History of Video Art’. For the last 30 years Gary has been a painter. He spent the 1980s teaching painting in Sydney (N.A.S.), the 1990’s in London, painting under the patronage of Arthur Boyd. He completed his M.A. at RMIT, his Ph.D at University of Melbourne. His thesis ‘The Key Issues Concerning Contemporary Art’ is a Google Book. His essay, ’What’s Art Got To Do With It’ is published in James Elkin’s ‘What do artist’s Know.’