March 2 & 3
Friday: woke up in The Barn after a party to launch The Stables, their studio space, which served as my AMS launch afterparty. No art (except writing about it) until the Mike Parr talk at NAS, which was pretty amazing in that he is totally a dude and has this fantastically latinate tendency to his vocab and I learned a lot about his work. So am adding him, NAS, and Ms. & Mr., who I spoke to afterward, to my tally.
Thus, 2 events, 17 galleries, 19 exhibitions and 13 artists. (Despite counting Brown Council members separately last night I am crediting Ms. & Mr. as one artist as that really is kind of a thing about them.)
Saturday: various (inter)personal disasters meant ne pas de Art Month for Bethany. Thus, scores remain static.
So the Art Month Sydney launch party happened, as evidenced by the above pictures by Daniel Boud, and I was in ostentatiously-dressed, ranty attendance. I saw lots of people I knew, and met some people I know from the internet, and met some people who were totally altogether new to me. Adventures abounded, including the consumption of figs and cheese and a chance to play with the Art Month iPad app, which was fancy.
As far as my scores are concerned, there was an interactive performance/installation but I don’t think it can be counted as it wasn’t listed in the program. But there were, unsurprisingly, a whole bunch of artists. In roughly the order I ran into them, I recall: Tom Polo, Sebastian Goldspink, Baden Pailthorpe, Jodie Whalen, Heath Franco, three quarters of Brown Council, Dan Hollier, JD Reforma, David Capra annnd… well, more who if I cannot remember who they were right now well I guess I just do not get to count them and that is what I get for drinking wine hey. Eleven is a bit of a poor effort? Ugh it is as though I just enjoyed a party rather than concentrating on kinda pointless quantitative for my self-indulgent blogging?
In summation: at the end of day 1 I have been to 16 participating galleries, seen 19 programmed exhibitions and interacted with 11 artists, and I am still alive.
As it turns out I have cheated a bit by having seen a number of the shows that are part of Art Month prior to today. But warmups can still burn calories so it totally counts, right? (Right.) (This only goes for shows though: artist count must all be acquired fair and square during the month of March.)
Starting position, I have seen these guys as listed in the Art Month program:
- Craig Waddell at Gallery9
- Matt Glenn, ‘Undercard’ at James Dorahy Project Space
- 'PINK INC.' group show at Kate Owen
- Alexander Poulet, ‘I Exist, I Insist’ at KUDOS
- Mike Parr, ‘Brain Coral’ at NAS Gallery
- Tony Clark, ‘Bühnenbuilder’ & Wim Delvoye at Roslyn Oxley9
- Marco Fusinato, ‘There Is No Authority’ at Anna Schwartz
- 'Anim(us)' group show at Stella Downer Fine Art
- Alex Gawronski, ‘The Invisible Man’ & Kate Mitchell, ‘Magic Undone’ & Alex Martinis Roe, ‘Non-Writing Histories’ at Artspace
- Nike Savvas, ‘No Gods No Kings’ at Breenspace
- Clifton Mack at Chalkhorse
- Mark Bodé, ‘Bodé in Oz’ at China Heights
- Feb-March group show at Firstdraft
- Paul Davies, ‘Pentimento’ at Tim Olsen
- 'Wunder Pond' group show at Tin Sheds Gallery
- 'Abstraction' group show at Utopia Art
Nineteen is not bad. Cool.
To explain a bit of what I am doing with this blog, here is an excerpt from a column I wrote for Drum Media in February:
Their ‘What is Art Month’ explains it as “300 Artists, 200 events, 100 galleries and You.” I get for design reasons who the Artists and the You have been capitalised, but that still kind of annoys me, but I also like to see that people who are putting on an actual thing with a proper, like, budget and visual identity and buy-in from important people also like to do that thing where you put numbers of things in to make it seem important, because I totally am a fan of that. It’s interesting too, that this approach is handled in order to come across as an exciting! variety! there will be something you like! thing rather than an overwhelming one, given that they’re really pushing the “Everyone’s invited” idea.
I mean, to me it is a provocation. ‘Can I really see and go to all of those things?’ I ask myself, and the answer is no, I cannot, because some of them (but only like two, to be fair) cost money and that is not a thing that I have. And one of them not only costs money but makes me die of envy in that How Come Andrew Frost Is Allowed To Lecture People About Contemporary Art In Public I Want To Do That? But otherwise, I sort of feel like there should be scorecard and I should be given points for attendance at events and marks for the style and efficiency with which I manage to look at ALL OF THE ART.
As well as doing a sort of digest of what I see in pursuit of this challenge, I’ll be keeping daily scores of how many shows I’ve seen & how many artists I’ve encountered & how many events I’ve been to.