Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Visitor

I met our visitor from the country through our blog connection. She had lived in London for years when we first came across each other but was soon moving back to Australia, via a longish holiday in India.

Twice she has hosted us when we have travelled in country Victoria and it was now our turn to reciprocate. With some family she visited Heidi once in Melbourne and she arrived at The Highrise Friday evening, and after a moderate bottle or two glass or two of wine, we ate a nice meal prepared by R. I always worry that people don't sleep well when they stay, but it was not a problem and we all slept well.

After a relaxed Saturday morning breakfast at home, we headed to the National Gallery of Victoria to see a much looked forward to exhibition of the works of David Hockney. While I knew very little about him, I just loved his work.

The entrance to the gallery usually has an large piece of interactive art. This was a small spiral of mirrors. Oddly, the panels that looked like mirrors did not show your reflection and the ones you thought would not, did. I paused to take a photo as the other two went ahead and I briefly lost them. That is I could see them in mirrors but I could not find them.


It is a pity this photo did not come out very well. I just loved his series of 'The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire' series.



Hockney's portrait works are well done, but not of great interest to me. His still lifes of very mundane household objects were interesting.

But what I liked the most is that he was a pioneer of making his art work on an iPad, meaning that how the work was created is recorded and can be played back and many electronic screens displayed the creation of a work. Sorry, this video does not show it very well. The screens even show individual 'brush strokes'.


The finale was in a large room with a large central round seat. Four big screens had been placed around the room and each showed the same four minute film in synchronisation of a short drive through a wood in four different seasons of weather. It was wondrous and of one of the panels had snow and ice.

I have mentioned this water wall at the gallery entrance before and below the photo is a brief video of the wall in action. Kids always want to touch, and some very big kids at that.



Should we lunch in town or go home and drive to Altona Village for lunch? The latter won and we had a nice lunch at the cafe where we previously forgot to pay. I paid our debt, rounded down by a few dollars to $30 in recognition of our honesty. Not too many people would do this, the cafe owner opined. No, they wouldn't. We are fools, but honest fools. A VE Valiant passed by, 1967.


Parked in the street was this old banger, perhaps an Austin.


I forgot to take a hat, but R found one of Little Jo's caps in the boot of the car, so I put that upon my tête and we walked out along  the pier. This bloke was having a bit of a wobble on his board, obviously not so experienced. I kept the camera on to capture when he fell into the water, but he did not.


We really like Altona Village and Altona Beach and if we were thinking of living in a suburban area, it would be high on our list for consideration......and for an south of the Yarra River person, that is quite an admission.


The soft back David Hockney book was discounted from $50 to $30 at the obligatory gift shop exit. It looks so nice on our coffee table. Alas our visitor took it home with her.


Saturday night we dined at FOMO, a Thai restaurant in town. It was a little noisy but the food is always excellent, as is the service. Bookings were heavy, so we unbooked were put upstairs. Someone's Saturday evening was not panning out so well, having been clamped by the Sheriff. We sensibly use public transport to go to town, so no risk of clamping for us.


Sunday morning I drove our guest to So Cross Station in Spencer Street to catch an 8am replacement rail works bus back home, rather than the train, and then after some breakfast it was off to work for me after a lovely couple of evenings and a day of socialising. It is a good thing to get you out of yourself at times.

26 comments:

  1. Andrew water wall is fantastic

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    1. Gosia, it was nearly lost in the 1990s, but instead made bigger and better.

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  2. Meeting friends through blogging is something I never expected. This sounded a perfect weekend. The Hockney exhibition sounded good. I liked the fact that Hockney refused a free ipad as he didn't want to be part of Apple's promotional material. The largest exhibition ever of his work has just opened at the Tate Britain which I will be viewing soon but I doubt photography will be allowed.

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    1. Marie, yes, I don't think anyone begins with the expectation of meeting people, although in the very early days I heard of 'grog blog', where a number of bloggers get together.

      I wonder what we saw if the Tate has the largest ever exhibition? I only took a couple of photos. It is usually ok here so long as you don't use the flash.

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  3. I am glad you mentioned Heide. The big galleries may be much more important and comprehensive, but Heide played a unique role in Australian history. And not just art and garden design - its significant social history is almost as important.

    Thanks for the link
    Hels
    https://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/melbournes-decade-of-bohemian-art-at.html

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    1. Readers, I recommend reading Hels post about Heide for an overall understanding.

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  4. Those mirrors look confusing at first, then I spotted which were mirrors and which not. Art? Meh. I like the old car with the front window and boot opened, I remember cars like that although I don't think we ever had one where the front window opened. I like the Valiant too, we used to have a blue Valiant, but a different model.
    Nice that you all had such a good weekend :)

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    1. River, the mirrors were very confusing. I wonder what they were about? Probably just to amuse. You know, I did not even notice the windscreen open. I had forgotten that they do that.

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  5. I'm involved different types of social media. Blogging is my fav. But haven't yet meant any of these people...Not sure if they still have them but they use to be blogger convention and chance to meet each other.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, I think that kind of blog meeting is now in the past, at least here. Blogging as we know it is generally dying, but I don't care.

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  6. Your guest sounds like a very excellent person indeed - except that she stole your Hockney catalogue, which really isn't on.

    Your photo of the water wall is superb btw.

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    1. Well Pants, I wouldn't go overboard about that. She is not a bad stick though. I should spend more time looking at my photos. I like the way everyone is silhouetted in the water wall photo.

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  7. If Altona is good enough for ex PM Gillard then it is good enough for us.
    Austin A40 is right for that vehicle and note the nifty addition of indicators to make it safe/easy for modern traffic.
    I wish I had been through Hockneyland with youse bloggers. He was called a Pop artist in 1963 and is still swinging. A bigger splash is what he made in California which is packed with arty Englishmen.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Annie, yes re Gillard, but where in Altona? Inland a good bit, I think. I think the indicators look ugly, but they are quite necessary. I can't see the slot at the side for the trafficators. It must have had something.

      Yes, Pants are us were discussing A Bigger Splash.

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  8. Colourful simplicity...Hockney's paintings.

    Back in the early 80s I had an old MG-Magnette Varitone (Grey and black)...in immaculate condition. Leather upholstery and wood-panelled dashboard.

    http://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/reviews/mg/magnette-zazb/

    I loved that car and was sad when I sold it. I was moving to Hinchinbrook Island to take up management of the resort. I gave the keys to the buyer and asked him to pick up the car after I'd left! I'm a big sook! :)

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    1. Lee, it is a very stylish car and seems that they are worth quite a bit in good condition. I don't know that I have ever seen or even heard of the car. There were only 3700 made, so perhaps that is not surprising. Yes, you didn't not want to see your car disappear down the road.

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  9. I llove to meet bloggers ! and I have never been disappointed, they were exactly like in their blogs, ecxcept one but it later turned out that she was bipolar, she lived in Antwerp. The first Blogger I met was in 2008 my French friend from the Côte d'Azur. Later I met Canadians, Australians and English girls. Marie each time I am in London.

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    1. Gattina, I think if we meet blog people, there is always just the one that does not work out so well. I have one of those. Marie is lovely.

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  10. You looked after your blog friend so well Andrew, lovely way to spend the weekend. Altona sounds like a rather nice place to retire to.. a sea change, isn't that what they call it!

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    1. Grace, as you did us. Altona, is a bit of a gem, only fifteen minutes from the city and it is on the way to nowhere, which makes it a bit quieter.

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  11. I quite like the Hockney iPad paintings. I assume they must still cost a mint. The National Gallery in Canberra bought a huge Hockney painting many years ago and I recall it was one of the most expensive purchases the NGA had made at the time.

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    1. Ad Rad, I will follow up that tale about the Hockney in Canberra.

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  12. Sounds like a nice visit. Here we call it "booting" if a tow company or the parking police "clamp" a tire of your car, when in violation.

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    1. Strayer, I didn't know that term. Thanks.

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  13. I keep meaning to go to the exhibition, I must pull my finger out.

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    1. Ends in March Fen, don't miss it.

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