the luxury of having a roof over our heads

Posted: October 31, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Our beautiful old Victorian terrace house is like an old lady who needs a bit of help with keeping up appearanceshouseveve when we first moved in 6 years ago a couple of the ceilings were falling down, the bathroom was black with mould and the back garden was the local cat toilet but the rent is about half the going rate so we have repaired her as best we can but the back wall has always been damp. Early this year we hired a big ladder & had a go at fixing it but that didn’t really help the internal waterfall. The problem had shifted a bit but when we had a lot of rain back in August the ceiling collapsed over my workbench so we sent photos of the damage to the real estate agent in the hope that the landlady would pay to have to the roof repaired but we heard back from them a few weeks ago saying we should do the repairs ourselves. Well the next door neighbour didn’t want us climbing up on his roof as he reckons we are too old but he recommended his handyman who is brilliant, here’s some photos of the work in progress
flashinggutterrepair1really happy he brought an offsider along to help remove the rotten old fascia board
newfasciaboardlast week he measured it all up, the new fascia board was exactly the right length
flashingfittedreplacegutterhe had some flashing made up to length as the roofing iron is a bit short and refit the gutter
finishedall finished & looking forward to some rain, wouldn’t it be amazing if that’s all that was needed after 6 years of the problem just getting worse & worse!?!


Posted: October 30, 2014 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time
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Little-Requiem-by-Stephen-Harrison“Little Requiem” by Stephen Harrison
I took this photo of “Little Requiem” on Tuesday in the Sculpture Inside pavilion at Sculpture by the Sea
just playing with the dark and light for Samhain
There is a beautiful post over at Terri Windling’s blog celebrating this most magical gateway in the year

Circular-Quay-Railway-StationToday we caught the train into Circular Quay to catch the ferry over to Manly
working-harbourthe view from the quay of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
the-quaythe Sydney Opera House from the wharf
all-aboardall aboard
the-cityyo ho ho!
Manly-Regional-Gallery& here we are “7 miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care” at Manly Pier
looking towards the Manly Regional Gallery & Museum
jy14_manlyto see Joshua Yeldham’s stunning survey show “Surrender”
Surrender- Yeoman's Bay 2014 by Joshua YeldhamSurrender – Yeoman’s Bay 2014
oil and cane on carved board
200 x 244 cm
Surrender-detailthe owls are teaching Joshua aerial navigation, which he defines as a way to fly above the landscape of his life
Surrender-detail-2to see what areas are dry needing the water of love
indigo-by-Joshua-YeldhamJoshua carved this photograph taken by his wife Jo of their daughter Indigo
(NB the owls seen in the reflection of this photo were on the opposite wall caught in the glass of the frame)
indigo-detail-by-Joshua-Yeldhamcarved-photography-by-Joshua-YeldhamHis self published book “Surrender – A Journal for my daughter” is a treasure
Surrender-by-Joshua-YeldhamJoshua’s work goes deep with great heart and is profoundly moving, to see more visit
his website
watch his short film
listen to this interview
read John McDonald’s review
& if you live anywhere near Sydney see it this week, the show closes on Sunday
back-to-the-cityall photos taken by Old Man Crow on his iPhone

the annual pilgrimage to Sculpture by the Sea

Posted: October 28, 2014 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions
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on-our-way-to-save-our-soulsEarly this morning we made the annual pilgrimage to Sculpture by the Sea
Old Man Crow pacing it out towards the top of the headland where
“save our souls” by Cave Urban holds space
(the catalogue tells me this one is best seen at night)
artists statement: “Just as the flash of a lighthouse is a welcome sign of hope, safe harbour and humanity, it may warn the uninvited to stay clear of a hostile shore.”
save-our-souls-Cave-UrbanMy favourite is “the grove” by Margarita Sampson
what are these beautifully antlered beings saying to each other?
mo-looking-at-the-grove-by-Margarita-Sampsonartist’s statement: “Honey is flowing in all directions”, Joseph Beuys
the-grove-Margarita-Sampson“that tranquil moment” by Stephen Marr
that-tranquil-moment-Stephen-Marrwe want to live in Ken Unsworth’s “my house is your home”
my-house-is-your-home-Ken-Unsworth“sisyphus” by George Andric
sisyphus-George-Andricartist’s statement: “The artist strives to find some sense of order that is independent of the world that presents itself
– which at times can be deceptive and illusory.”
sisyphus-by-George-Andricthe play of light & shadows
sisyphus-detail-George-Andric“vessels of destiny” by Melissa McElhone
vessels-of-destiny-Melissa-McElhonelove her sense of whimsy
vessels-of-destiny-detail-by-Melissa-McElhone“to take care of ” by Hannah Streefkerk
to-take-care-of-Hannah-StreefkerkArtist’s statement: “Even stones are worth protection. The shape of the tube bandages around the stones refers to natural shape”
to-take-care-of-detail-Hannah-Streefkerkinside the small sculpture pavilion Hannah’s covered stones are described as translated patterns and mended nature.
crocheted-stones-by-Hannah-Streeferkthe sublime “dark night shrine 2014″ Takahiro Hirata
dark-night-shrine-Takahiro-HirataArtist’s statement: “In Japan, an arrow is a talisman that shoots and protects against evil spirits.
The work envisages a shining arrow which breaks through darkness.”
dark-night-shrine-2014-Takahiro-Hiratathe giant steel origami raven “nevermore” by Jonathon Leahey
nevermore-Jonathon-Leahey“wanderers” by Brad Jackson
wanderers-Brad-JacksonArtist’s statement: “The wanderers are a passing family group of traveling orbs.
Their origin, destination and intentions remain unknown.”
wanderersthey seem friendly
mo-and-the-wanderers& so we bade fairfarren to all the wonderful Sculpture by the Sea to do some gardening!

Being by Mee Sun Kim Park‘Being ‘ by Mee-Sun Kim Park at the Woolahra Small Sculpture Prize
Southern ice porcelain, porcelain slip, red stain, gold luster
30 x 40 x 25 cm
detail below
Being-detail by Mee-Sun Kim ParkArtist’s Statement : “The relationship between nature and humans, especially the Buddhist view of the world ‘samsara’ which means journeying-cycles of birth, death and rebirth is the main concept behind this work. My body is a connecter between my-self and the world and is an extended part of nature. It is a pity that we see such man made destructions of the eco-system more and more these days, even though we know very well that the destruction of nature means the destruction of ourselves.The paradox of samsara has contradicting sides: the loss of old and the gain of new, the ruins of destruction and the beauty of creation, the pessimistic end and the optimistic beginning as one body. It is expressed as one unit in this project. In my technical process, by utilising direct slip dipping with debris from nature, body castings and gestural slip throwing, I experiment with my intuitive senses other than vision and the cellular memory of my hands.”
(photos by Old Man Crow with his iPhone)
So many of the artists working for this year’s show spoke about loss and the fragility of existence
in a deeply humble & yet hopeful way
you can see more here

Make a Wish

Posted: October 25, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Make-a-Wish-Mo-14‘Make a Wish’ (detail) Mo 14 scale 2:1
wishbones, passionfruit vine tendrils, moss agate, amazonite, howlite, clay, bone & glass beads, silk wrapped steel & waxed linen threads, all finished with lightning putting cracks in the sky at the witching hour
true scale below
Make-a-Wish-by-Mo-14the passionfruit vine tendrils need the silk wrapped steel to make them wearable
make-a-wish-in-process-Mo-14 love how the moss agate sits with the wishbone
wishing stone-in-processscale 5:1
Gosh what a year!
Here’s a page with links to all the sidelines that have happened
in between finishing the 38 drawings for The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow
this week is full on with lots of exciting exhibitions to visit
Sculpture by the Sea
Woolahra Small Sculpture Prize
Joshua Yeldham’s survey show “Surrender ” at Manly Art Gallery
Minumental 6x6x6 at Defiance Gallery
& next weekend I will be attending this 2 day workshop !

Scorpio-invert-Mo-1999Scorpio by Mo 1999 (inverted in 2012 for the Moontime Diary 2013)
Scorpio is the sign of transformation & diving deep, this week has brought up a lot of hard questions for today’s New Moon joining the Sun in Scorpio when everything must matter & matter deeply.
These questions are resonating deeply with my second Saturn Return, here’s some wise words about Old Man Saturn written by Steve Jolley (fly free);
“The Saturn return cycle is a marker of the different ages of life. Our first 28 years is living out karma from past lives, and is symbolised by our domination by parental values. We are adjusting to the world (and the world to us!) without necessarily having our own individual frame of reference. The second cycle, from 29 to around sixty, is our time of life achievement, where, normally, we create the karma for this life. This is when we stand independent and make our own way. It’s a time of action. The third cycle is one of reflection and dissemination. Our time for action is largely over and we are preparing ourselves for moving on. This is the “elder” period of our lives, where the wisdom we have accumulated is available to the tribe, where we can pass on the benefits of our successes and our mistakes.
Saturn has the reputation of being a hard planet, a malefic as the old astrologers called it. In large measure this is a reaction of fear. Certainly it represents limitations, obstacles and challenges. But it also represents form and structure, the skeletal framework by which we are able to survive on the material plane. The return period is difficult because it requires us to change structures, to abandon outworn habits and begin a new alignment to the world. Just how difficult this is depends on the individual. Saturn is also symbolic of age. This is because, in earlier times, many did not even make the first Saturn return, let alone the second. It coincides with the cycles of human achievement, but also of life and death. It is a reminder of our mortality. As we age, we gain experience and, hopefully, the ability to deal with difficulty more easily. It’s for this reason that the second Saturn return is reputed to be “easier”. It’s not the planet’s energy at work here, but our own experience giving us a helping hand. Similarly, the difficulty or otherwise of a Saturn return depends very much on the chart of the individual, and, probably more on how each of us handles change. Saturn demands acceptance of its conditions and will erode and undermine any structures we have created which do not serve the ultimate purpose of growth and awareness, or which are built on shaky foundations. If we cut corners, it’s a fair bet that when Saturn comes along this is where the problems will lie. It’s no surprise that your friend felt lonely and depressed at this time. This is Saturn’s form. He is forcing her to evaluate what is really important in her life. This is a time of trial which, when it’s over, will have made her stronger and more self-reliant, ready, in fact, to take on elder status. That’s really something to look forward to. No growth happens without accompanying discomfort…”Scorpio-Mo-1999Scorpio by Mo 1999
PS I miss Steve Jolley so much, a wise & generous man with a sense of humour drier than the Sahara, his life was just turning around with lots of good new possibilities happening on the horizon but his lungs gave out whilst looking at the tarot cards with a glass of wine in one hand and a smoke in the other…