Although the rain came down fairly heavily in the evening the Good Friday at Blues Fest, was really good.
Rodriguez was fantastic. At 70 his voice is still quite strong and he had a few pearls of wisdom to pass on to the huge crowd. Joan Armatrading belted out the hits - and showed off her guitar brilliance.
Ben Harper was as cool as ever, and a big crowd pleaser was a duet with Xavier Rudd towards the end of his set. We also saw some good Aussie acts: Skipping Girl Vinegar and Leonardo's Bride. I caught a guitar solo and a drum solo from Santana and his band. (pictured above: the Mojo tent, before the rain began).
Craig Bennett's new show "Second Time Around" opened at Arthouse Gallery this week.
I had a look at the show early in the morning on the opening day and it was fantastic. Lots of beautiful wall pieces, one sculpture on a plinth and some framed collages. I have always been a big fan of Craig's and this show is a great example of his brilliance in composition and his masterful ability to make found materials dance and sing to a fascinating rhythm.
You can get details and images at: http://www.arthousegallery.com.au
My show has opened at Tweed River Art Gallery. It runs until April 14 and I'm giving a floor talk on Sunday March 17 at 1pm. The show includes photos, drawing and sculpture. For more images of work in the show have a look at the "Current Show" tab on my website. Thanks very much to everyone who helped me prepare and hang this show (particularly Grant Parke), and thanks to everyone who could make it to the opening, especially Richard Weinstein for a great opening speech (and my Dad who came all the way from Singapore). Thanks to everyone who is able to visit the show or checkout my website - thanks for your support. Dave x
A friend and I braved torrential rain to get to the last day of Shane Cotton's show at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane. His target prints were fantastic.
Linde Ivimey's show at The University of Queensland is worth a visit. It is a huge collection of intricate woven and sewn sculpture, with a really comprehensive catalogue.
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