Sunday, 26 June 2011
Michael Keighery- The 1970's were great but I was around then
Prompted by an earlier post by Dee, I dug through my early copies of JAC (formerly Pottery in Australia) and got absorbed by this 1976 (Vol 5, No 2) which features a nice photo of the recently departed Bernard Sahm (pic by John Delacour).
Inside is a terrific essay by Janine King on Bernard's seminal exhibition at Watters Gallery. Historically and currently, Watters is a terrifically important Gallery showing the work (over time) of Joan Grounds, Steve Harrison, Lorraine Jennyns and many more...I will continue with a couple of points about this ART Gallery in a moment.
Firstly, however, I should say that the wit, humour, insight and plain wickednesss of Bernard's work was one of the main stimuli (along with Mitsuo Shoji's experimental installations) that prompted me to apply to Sydney College of the Arts in 1980.
I did not apply for any other Art School in 1980 because I knew what I wanted/needed at that time...and so I need to say thank you Mitsuo and Bernard (I could never bring myself to call my “Mentor” Bernie....I was raised proper) before I add more to this post