In Sydney on Wednesday October 14, the 'In the Loop' exhibition at Macquarie University Art Gallery, in which I am a participant, was opened. 'In the Loop' is a group show featuring MQ MMCCS (Music, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Department) PhD candidates including as well as myself my friend the wonderful Vanessa Berry plus six others; go here to see a bit more. It is my first-ever art exhibition at the age of 58 (!) - showing works in progress from my Deadly Woman Blues project that you can see here - and I couldn't have been more excited to be involved.
ARTIST'S STATEMENT: Part of the Polyphonic Present is obviously the Polyphonic Past: Remembering, not forgetting, the songs, the singers, the stories. Sometimes these drop out of the loop. Sometimes they never even got into it. Deadly Woman Blues: Great Black Women of Australian Music, 34 Portraits, is a work in progress, part of a larger project expected or hoped to eventually include a book, film and soundtrack album. The drawings shown will form part of a basis for the book; I have produced a great many such drawings over the last couple of years, and am still doing so. It is old skool: black and white, linework, the magic of cross-hatching. I come from comics, pop art, bubblegum cards, cheesecake and rock’n’roll. And jazz, and blues and soul: Which is what most of these Deadly Ladies specialise/d in. They amount to a polyphony of voices. Maybe you’ve heard of a couple of them, maybe actually even heard some of them, but most I suspect not. Most are lost to history. Deadly Woman Blues is designed to bring them back, into the loop.
Click on the below pdf to see the exhibition catalogue: