My love for creativity began at a very young age. I was that little girl who was happy to sit and draw, create, and colour in, for hours on end. Throughout primary school, Art was my fave class (by a mile!), and that remained the same throughout high school.
As a teen in art class, aside from the practical, we learnt a lot about different artists throughout the ages. I wasn’t taken with the masters like Da Vinci, or with the Monets and Manets – it was modern art that really struck a chord with me.
Pop Art came at me like a bolt out of the blue – the patterns, the textures, the screen printing techniques, the comic strips, the use of scraps of paper and wood to create amazing collages. Wow! It was right up my alley and the work really resonated with me.
It was during those art classes, that I immediately fell in love with Andy Warhol’s work, it was like nothing I had seen before. His work just blew me away. And then came Lichtenstein, and well, whoa!
Both Warhol and Lichtenstein heavily influenced my love of graphic patterns. I was already pretty taken with stripes and spots, so it was no surprise that I would end up replicating these patterns in my art creations.
So… finally I’m writing about the recent Andy Warhol – Ai Weiwei exhibition at the NGV. I saw it for the first time back in January and I was blown away. It must have taken weeks on end to curate, plan and create the journey. There were so many amazing pieces, my friends and I were there for hours!
I still can’t believe I got to see Warhol’s iconic creations, including Campbell’s Soup, Mao, Elvis, Three Marilyns, Flowers, Electric Chairs, Brillo Boxes and Heinz Tomato Ketchup Boxes. And his wall of Polaroids were incredible. There must have been around 500 of them, snapshots of other artists, film stars, musicians and all sorts of other weird and wonderful people.Weiwei’s bicycle installation in the foyer was out of control. I just kept staring at it and walking around to see all the different angles. And the chandelier was amazing, as was ‘Blossom’, a huge bed of intricate porcelain flowers.
The interactive spaces were so freakin cool! Weiwei’s Inflatable balloons up against Warhol’s wallpaper. And you got to play with the balloons too. I could have spent all day in there.
There was a dedicated area for kids, called Studio Cats, which was so great. They could play with replica Brillo boxes, create a funny video making silly faces and pretend to be a cat, create their own masterpiece on the computers, it was seriously RAD!
So why has it taken me so long to write this up? Well, I went back again last week to watch legendary Aussie alt-rock band Regurgitator, play live, as part of ‘Friday Nights at NGV’ series.
With the ticket, you got entry into the exhibition, so we went back through it before the show. It was really good to see it all again and of course, make another crazy video.
Regurgitator played an amazing set, covering Velvet Underground songs from ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ album, which was produced by Warhol in 1967. It was packed and they were on fire. And the encore was a moving tribute to Prince, with a very cool cover of ‘When Doves Cry’.
The exhibition has finished now, and I really hope you got to see it. Can’t wait for the new shows at NGV, the John Olsen exhibit in September is on the top of my list.
Have you been to any awesome exhibitions lately? I’d love to hear from you.