Thursday, July 22, 2010

The proposed collaborative project between myself and the artist Salvatore Zofrea took a major step closer to being realised this week when I delivered the first trial panel, leaded up and framed, to Salvatore's Seaforth studio. He will now show it to the priest at St Gregory's Catholic Church, Kurrajong and also the donor and other members of the Parish. If the reception of the work is good then we'll be underway!

Both Salvatore and I are very excited about the project. For me it has been a privelege and a joy teaching such a competent artist a new medium and seeing him push it around to his own ends with confidence amd panache. Salvatore sees this project as following in the footsteps of other great masters of the modern age such as Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and Leger, all of whom created beauiful stained glass windows in collaboration with various ateliers.

It is Salvatore's intention to glaze the whole of the Church with his work, to create a jewel, a celebration of colour and light. If all goes well over the next couple of weeks at least we will proceed with making one window and then see whether there is a general enthusiasm to continue.

Just a few more days to catch the exhibition Myth and Memory by my friend Rhett Brewer, showing at Depot Gallery in Dank St Waterloo. Rhett and I grew up together in Georges Hall. He has been a practicing artist since 1981 with many substantial solo exhibitions under his belt. I've managed to get along to quite a few of them and every show is a departure from the previous, exploring a different path and expanding his oeuvre. This show,"Myth and Memory", examines aspects of personal and social history around Georges Hall as well as the broader Sydney scene, particularly the underground and criminal element, of the 1940's, 50's and 60's.