Embassy of the Real

Posted: April 3, 2016 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time
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Embassy-of-the-RealEmbassy of the Real Cockatoo Island 20th Biennale of Sydney
Cockatoo-Island-old-machinesCockatoo Island was a convict settlement and then a shipyard until 1992
Korakrit Arunanondchai videoKorakrit Arunanondchai video installation
Xu ZhenXu Zhen Eternity 2013–14
Chiharu ShiotaChiharu Shiota Conscious Sleep 2016
site specific installation with old beds and knotted black wool
Chiharu Shiota detaildetail
Chiharu Shiota detail 2seeing photos of Chiharu Shiota’s  installation The Key in the Hand last year for the Venice Biennale stole my heart away, having the opportunity to see her work in real life in a space I know well is deep soul food
solitary-confinementnext door to Chiharu’s work were three terrifyingly small solitary confinement cells, these were the bars on one of the guard’s peep holes
Agatha Gothe-Snape Physical DoorwayAgatha Gothe-Snape Physical Doorway (Three Ways), 2016
we will go back to see William Forsythe’s pendulum installation Nowhere and everywhere at the same time, 2015 as the compressor had broken down, a good excuse to see all the work again as well as the beauty and history of this abandoned industrial zone
boat-buildinga wonderful old wooden boat from Cockatoo Island’s shipbuilding days
steam-engineand a fabulous steam engine
inner-city-bushlandinner city bushland at Balls Head on the ferry ride home
Harbour-Bridge-Luna-ParkSydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park
we live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world

  1. Thanks so much for the virtual tour. I’d love to visit but post knee op can’t sit in the car for more than 20 mins before I’m in pain. Have you seen Sheila Hicks at the AGNSW? I nearly blew a gasket when I read the SMH a couple weeks back when John Macdonald referred to her work as handicrafts! I thought we’d moved beyond such dull mindedness , but obviously not.

    • Mo Crow says:

      The Biennale is on til early June, x fingers your knee recovers perfectly soon so you can see everything! Looking forward to visiting the Embassy of Spirit and in particular Sheila Hicks work at the AGNSW for our next excursion and re the parlous state of art, design and craft in Australia, what with the rampant cuts to the TAFE system, the disappearance of Craft Australia and the Australian Craft Show in contrast to over 2 million people working in Australia as makers alongside the commercial galleries saying they are doing it very tough, something’s gotta give soon. I feel like we’re on the cusp of a new golden time for well thought out exquistely crafted one-offs, be they art craft or both.

  2. grace says:

    ALL of this, just ALL of IT…..thank you!!! and yes…i do see this, it IS the most BeautyFULL
    city. Just love the buildings here, always have loved that kind and to see them so full of
    the Heart of Creativity….just love this post

  3. Catherine Wright says:

    Thanks for this beautiful post Mo. Almost went to Cockatoo Island yesterday with a friend who was visiting from Mullumbimby, but we ran out of time and muscles as we walked the length and breadth of Darlinghust, Woolloomooloo, AGNSW, The royal Botanic Gardens, SOH, The Rocks, down to Central, bus to Glebe point Road, back to Circular Quay, ferry to Barangaroo, etc, etc. But it looks worth a visit!

  4. sue says:

    love those beds with the network of webs..imagining laying there and seeing threads leading off to all those different dreams. great building too all that space above. loved seeing these.

  5. handstories says:

    Especially love the photo of the inner city bushland and views of your water! I thought of you when Moon made a painting of his imagining of an outback sunset yesterday.

  6. Carol says:

    So hope I get there before it ends. Thank you for a wonderful virtual peek. Each photo became my favourite as I looked – such a fabulace place. We are lucky to have such an amazing city and harbour.

  7. deemallon says:

    I love that bed and knotted wool piece.

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