ARTIST OF THE MONTH
The enigmatic Director of Visual Arts steps forward this month to show us his etchings!
And his doodlings & scratchings & scribblings & inkings and daubings!
Yes he’s a versatile chap is our Shane, forever experimenting & exploring in an effort to expand the parameters of his Visual Lexicon. Further to that, his knowledge of Art appears to be encyclopedic. As the Kurilpa Poets’ highly esteemed Director of all things artistic & visual, Shane has been the person responsible for filling the Big Screen of our Virtual Art Gallery with a staggering array of artistic talents, from struggling, local newcomers, and obscure, old genius’s long-ago rotted in their garrets, to the Big Names of Art History as well, often shining a light on the more shadowy parts of their careers.
His penchant for playing early, black & white, surrealist experimental films has also provided an interesting counterpoint to the Poetry erupting on stage,
many’s the time a pleasant congruency of Word and Image has occured unlooked for as a result.
We thought it only fitting therefore, that Shane himself take the spotlight as the Unsuspected Artist of the Month, for this our final, monthly Kurilpa Poets gig at the olde Croquet Club.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness a choice selection of the work of one of Brisbanes’ greatest “Unsuspected Artists”!
So see you 2pm this Sunday, 30th June
at the Kurilpa Poetry Cup
91 Cordelia Street, West End
We have received the following communique from our Visual Arts Director, the irreplaceable Shane K, re the Unsuspected Artist appearing in the Virtual Gallery this Sunday. Message follows…
“This month’s delectation is American artist
1920 – to still kicking.
Hard to define, for an easy lazy description sorta Pop.”
What can we say? Sweeeet!!!
This Sunday 26th Feb, 2017
as the Kurilpa Poetry Cup rolls on
will be presenting this months feature artist,
the firebrand Catalan Surrealist,
An artist who never stopped experimenting, Miro’s hauntingly ambiguous work has been described as entering,” a sandbox for the subconscious”.
Kurilpa’s Visual Arts Director, the enigmatically encyclopaedic Shane K
has boldly entered that arena with bucket and spade in hand, this Sunday he will share the results of his excavations.
November’s Unsuspected Artist
This months Virtual Gallery feature at the Kurilpa Poets end of year gig
is local landscape artist, Lloyd Rees.
Yeronga born Rees’s long life (1895 to 1988) was filled with his uniquely meticulous paintings and sketchings.
Receiving both acclaim and harsh criticism for his style, he was twice winner of the prestigious Wynne Prize.
Despite losing his sight in later years, Rees continued painting, claiming that one of the benefits of going blind was that he was now able to look directly into the sun.
Come along this Sunday November 27th, 2pm, to the Old Croquet Club
and check out this virtual exhibition as Visual Arts Director Shane K
tells us more about this influential Australian artist.
VIRTUAL GALLERY ARTIST ANNOUNCED
FOR KURILPA POETS SUNDAY, JUNE 26th Event
This month our eclectic and encyclopedic Visual Arts Director,
Shane K ,
will be showing the Artistic Visions of
Mr J B Kitaj
on the Virtual Gallery’s big-screen
and, we hope, at some stage in the afternoon learnedly lecturing on said Artists’ career and accomplishments.
Shane K discusses this month’s Virtual Gallery Feature Artist..
among my crimes against humanity,
I am the Visual Arts Director for the Kurilpa Poets.
. One of my duties is organising a visual display each month
to accompany the poetic flights of our performers.
This month the Virtual Gallery‘s feature artist is Saul Steinberg.
Saul Steinberg was born to a Jewish family
in Râmnicu Sărat, Buzău, Romania in 1914.
He studied architecture in Milan, graduating in 1940.
Shortly after his graduation the introduction of anti-
Semitic laws by the Fascist government led him to leave Italy.
He spent a year in the Dominican Republic
whilst awaiting a visa to the United States.
Steinberg’s entry to the USA was sponsored by the New Yorker, a magazine he was to be intimately involved with,
creating 87 covers and over 1200 drawings.
Steinberg brought a European sensibility to his work and an outsider’s sense of the foibles and follies of American life
as well as a genuine affection for his subjects. His Art blurred the line between
cartooning and “fine” art and his work was often shown in galleries.
As well as drawing, he enjoyed creating crude, vital masks out of such materials
as cardboard and paper bags.
His work was wide-ranging and hard to easily define.
Many were reminiscent of MC Escher and explored the links and gaps
between perception and reproduction, leading his work
to be highly praised by the great Art theorist EH Gombrich.
He was also one of the finest political cartoonists of the 20th century,
mocking the post-war American cult of the “Organisational Man”
and showing a USA whose deities included Sigmund Freud,
Santa Claus and Uncle Tom.
In the 1970s he did a series of drawings of Mousketeer terrorists,
those cute young kids from the 50’s have acquired Armalites
and seem keen to fuck things up.
Steinberg died in 1999, but his work remains influential.
The New Yorker still continues to occasionally re-print his covers.
Don’t forget, he next meeting of the Kurilpa Poets is on Sunday 27 September,
at the South Brisbane Croquet Club, Musgrave Park, West End at 2pm.
Local Visual Artists who are interested having their work shown
on the Virtual Gallery should contact Shane K or Rev Hellfire at Kurilpapoets@yahoo.com.au
Meantime come along this month and check out the eclectic weirdness
of Saul Steinberg.
Kurilpa Poets- Where a good time is always had.
The Kurilpa Poets’ ‘Unsuspected Artist’ for November,
known to the Art World only as ZEL,
has broken his austere Vow of Silence to issue
a short communique on this, the Event, of one of his
rare appearances. For like the fabulous Phoenix of Legend,
or the humble Cicada of Summer, the ZEL is a creature
whose long periods of torpor are broken by rare appearances
to the surface world we inhabit.
We re-print the statement in it’s entirety;
Zelico Maric was born in Croatia and grew
up in Mount Isa.
I DO IT BECAUSE IT IS F UN.
A hungry dog
chewed on the bones
On the seashore of desire.
The Virtual Gallery presents
2pm. Sunday, 30th November, 2014
Our Unsuspected Artist for November in the Virtual Gallery is one of the rarest and most elusive of the native artistic wildlife lurking unsuspected in the lush, sub-tropical undergrowth that is Brisbanes Cultural Landscape.
I speak of course, of the legendary and reclusive ZEL.
the ZEL emerges once every fourteen years to exhibit it’s
Work and eat free cheese at Art Exhibitions.
Later, they return en masse to the sea,
and so the Circle of Life is Complete.
Be sure to catch this amazing Natural Spectacle
in the VIRTUAL GALLERY
Sunday, 30th November, 2pm-4.30
91 Cordelia Street, West End.
The Virtual Gallery
“a cat of mine on ketamine”- Brian Gilmore
Each month the Kurilpa Poets feature the work
of various local ‘Unsuspected Artists’.
There are many lurking amongst us,
infesting our homes and streets and schools!
Corrupting our young people!
Lying around on Welfare sniffing paint-thinner!
So we splash these Artist’s Visions
in Beams of Gaudy Light across
the white-washed walls of the Olde
Croquet Club, as a cautionary example
for young people.
This month we’ll be showing more
oddities and classics from the collection of our eccentric
Visual Arts Director, Shane Kneipp.
And as well as the usual historical stuff,
from the Land of the Living,
our feature Unsuspected Artist forOctober is;
Lurking in his shambling Fortress of Solitude by the waters of Moreton Bay, few passers-by suspect that within these crumbling walls, a Mad Visionary has been relentlessly exploring the Edges of Reality for many years.
Brian’s meticulously detailed Imaginary Vistas
chart his heroic journeys through the Archtypal Planes
and the bizarre Inhabitants encountered there.
Brian is rumoured to be the mysterious ‘Dr Bob’,
companion to the Reverend Hellfire on the occasion
of their abduction by Aliens.
If these rumours are true, it would certainly explain
the Other-Worldly aspects and Multi-Dimensional
themes that abound in this artist’s work.
Or perhaps some weird bio-hallucinogen
lurks in his genetic structure, a familial trait
as it were, for Brians elder sibling himself was a former Pineapple from the Dawn of Time, no strangers they to Psychedelia.
Yes, truly the Psychedelic Impulse
flows strong through the Gilmore veins.
So come tripping with Brian at the Virtual Gallery!
2pm Sunday 26th October, 2014
91 Cordelia Street, West End