Poetry and Prose: “2016 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize – Wildcard Poet” written by Karen Robinson

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No. 6 The 2016 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize Event held at 75 on Reid Street, Fitzroy North - Photographed by Karen Robinson

No. 6 The 2016 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize Event held at 75 on Reid Street, Fitzroy North.  A lonely ‘Open Mic’ stands patiently waiting for its 30 poets to begin reading and performing their poems.  Photographed by Karen Robinson  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Recently, I had the good fortune to be drawn as a 2016 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize ‘wildcard’ poet.  This meant that I was able to read one of my poems along with 29 other Melbourne poets showcasing their poetry at Melbourne Spoken Word Prize (MSW) end of year competition gala event held at 75 on Reid, Fitzroy North. Poets were shortlisted by gig conveners around Melbourne, with wildcard spots. Each poet was limited to one poem each with a performance limit of 3 minutes, and no props or costumes allowed. Five judges from the spoken word scene:  Michael Reynolds (Passionate Tongues), Libby Charlton (Dan Poets), Michelle Dabrowski (Slamalamadingdong), Amanda Anastasi (La Mama Poetica) and Ebony MonCrief (Voices in the Attic) selected the best performance on the night based on a combination of writing and performance (MSW 2016).  The event was hosted by Anthony O’Sullivan and Benjamin Solah is the founder and Director of MSW.

 

No. 9 The 2016 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize Event held at 75 on Reid Street, Fitzroy North - Photographed by Karen Robinson

No. 9 The 2016 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize Event held at 75 on Reid Street, Fitzroy North – Hosted by Anthony O’Sullivan of MSW.  Photographed by Karen Robinson – NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

 

THE WINNER OF THE 2016 MELBOURNE SPOKEN WORD PRIZE – Kylie Supski

The winner of The 2016 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, Kylie Supski performing ‘Graffiti Walls’ at 75 on Reid, North Fitzroy on December 2, 2016 (MSW 2016)”.  Kylie was certainly a standout on the night and well deserving of being the winner of this prize.  Below is what Melbourne Spoken Word had to say about Kylie and the YouTube features her performance on the night.

“Kylie Supski is a Polish-Australian poet and spoken word performer. Kylie’s inspiration comes from her personal experiences, all aspects of her life, and the people she is surrounded by. Kylie is greatly concerned with using art as a method of speaking out about global economic and political inequality. She encourages her audiences towards critical thinking, and to consider the weight of their own powers as citizens with specific regard to the inhumane policies backed by the Australian government controlled by less than ‘The 1%’. Kylie however, enjoys a diverse repertoire and is passionate about exploring the beauty of being alive (MSW 2016).”

 

 

 

 

AS A WILDCARD POET READING MY PROSE POEM TILED ‘A GOOD CONVERSATION’

It was an amazing opportunity to read my prose poem at the MSW event.  The Poet community was well represented within the audience, along with family and friends offering support to all the poets that read.  I had decided before the event to just enjoy the experience, I was glad to be there and able to read, that was more than enough for me on this night!  My dear husband, using my mobile phone kindly recorded my humble performance and is here below – NB:  Apologies for the poor sound.

 


— A Good Conversation —



We talked about the-everyday-things,

a catch-up conversation,

mostly predictable,

between us, as mother and daughter.

 

Then I asked her, “How is work?”

She surprisingly revealed that things were not good.

After listening to her

for a while,

I realised that I had little to offer

in the way of remedies or good advice,

even though as her mother,

it should have been expected.

 

There was a sadness

a feeling of helplessness within me

that said I cannot make this right!

 

She spoke of the challenges,

she spoke of the injustices,

she spoke of personal anguish,

she spoke of disappointment,

she spoke of sadness

and grief.

She just spoke.

 

I was there to listen.

I was grateful

that, as her mother,

I was there,

able to listen.

I saw pain on her face,

heard it in her voice.

 

I saw her relieved

that she could share

with me, knowing,

without asking,

that I would be non-judgemental.

It was a good conversation.

 

While her problems, concerns, and anxiety

still remained,

I was able to offer a silent assurance

that no matter what,

I will be there,

that my love for her, my daughter,

is truly unconditional.

 

With this the pain slipped away

from her face, her anxiety put to rest

for another time;

the injustices explored and clarified

so that they were now manageable,

and her challenges cast aside

to be revisited at another time.

 

On this day, her problems

became smaller

as our time shared together

became bigger.

It was a good conversation; 

a precious time between us

as mother and daughter.

– ο –

Prose Poem © Karen Robinson - November 2016

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CONCLUSION

We really enjoyed the evening!  A man came up to me afterwards and said “you made me want to ring my mother and I don’t even get along with her”.  Just those words from this man made me think “wow so good to think that by sharing can get people thinking about their lives” – art for therapy at it’s best for sure!

 

Melbourne Spoken Word - Open Mic Poetry

Melbourne Spoken Word – Open Mic Poetry

 

 

 

© Karen Robinson – December 2016

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Art Exhibition – National Gallery of Victoria – “DAVID HOCKNEY: Current” written by Karen Robinson

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39 David Hockey Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

39 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne, Australia – Nov 2016.  The gallery had provided a huge life-size photo image applied to a wall, featuring David Hockney standing in his studio.  Visitors of the gallery were then able to stand beside the image of David Hockney and have their photo taken.  The security guard at the gallery kindly offered to take a photo of me with David Hockney’s image which was very nice of him.   Photographed by Security Guard at the National Gallery of Victoria.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

For our very last CAE ‘Produce Paintings & Drawings’ class, we were taken to the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia to see David Hockney’s latest solo exhibition titled ‘CURRENT’.  He is arguably Britain’s greatest living artist and in his seventy-ninth year!  Despite Hockney’s years, he still looks for new ways to take risks which are driven by his unending curiosity (NGV 2016).  Viewing this exhibition proved to be a wonderful experience which I enjoyed very much, and was grateful for being given the opportunity to view.  The exhibition consisted of over 1200 works including paintings, digital drawings, photography and video works by David Hockney.

 

1 David Hockey Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

1 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016. Photographed by Karen Robinson

 

 

 

DAVID HOCKNEY REFLECTS ON THE EXHIBITION – CURRENT

The YouTube here below has David Hockey talking about this exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria being the first show that really exhibits the iPads and the iPhones work he had created.  He states that he got the ‘brushes app’ process working quickly and well; and how much he enjoys using these new pieces of technology to produce art work.  He also talks about his creative processes used to produce this exhibition (NGV 2016).

 

 

 

 

DAVID HOCKNEY – SELECTED iPHONES AND iPAD DRAWINGS

Viewing David Hockney’s ‘selection of 104 drawings using an iPhone 2009 and iPad 2010-12, comprising still life, landscape and portrait works’ (NGV 2016) was truly amazing, and for me – very enjoyable.  I loved seeing how these technologies produced a selection of work that was considered most worthy of such a prestigious exhibition; and by such a famous, well established and masterful artist. So good for up-and-coming tech savvy artists!

 

3 David Hockey Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

3 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016.  iPhone & iPad drawings by David Hockney.  Photographed by Karen Robinson

6 David Hockey Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

6 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

12 David Hockey Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

12 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016.  iPhone and iPad drawings by David Hockney.  Photographed by Karen Robinson

7 David Hockey Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

7 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016.  iPhone and iPad drawings by David Hockney.  Photographed by Karen Robinson

 

5 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

5 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

4 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

4 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

 

 

 

 

BRYAN APPLEYARD INTERVIEWS DAVID HOCKNEY 2 YOUTUBE

David Hockney within the YouTube below (uploaded on Mar 11, 2011) – gives a small demonstration using an iPad to create a digital drawing.  He talks about how ‘the old will give way to the new’ being new technologies such as the iPad which offers easy processes to do editing and distributing of work by the user.

 

 

 

 

 

DAVID HOCKNEY INTERVIEW YOUTUBE:  I AM A SPACE FREAK

David Hockney here within this YouTube below – talks about his experience photographing and painting the Grand Canyon, about the extensive processes he undertook to be able achieve the result he wanted.

 

 

 

 

 

DAVID HOCKNEY’S PAINTING ‘BiGGER TREES NEAR WARTER’

David Hockney’s massive oil painting titled ‘Bigger trees near Warter’ (as featured in the series of photographs below) within this particular exhibition, is awe inspiring.  The spacial feeling you get when you walk in the room it inhabits, is surprising.  Cleverly – it has the viewer needing to scan the room to appreciate the whole work.  David Hockney talks about this spacial awareness in the YouTube above (NGV 2016).

 

13 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

13 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016.  David Hockney, English 1937, Bigger Trees near Warter, oil on 50 canvases, 459.0 x 1225.0 cm (overall), presented by the artist 2008 (T12887) (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

14 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

14 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016.  David Hockney, English 1937, Bigger Trees near Warter, oil on 50 canvases, 459.0 x 1225.0 cm (overall), presented by the artist 2008 (T12887) (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

15 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

15 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016.  Close-up view of David Hockney, English 1937, Bigger Trees near Warter, oil on 50 canvases, 459.0 x 1225.0 cm (overall), presented by the artist 2008 (T12887) (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

16 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

16 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016.  Close-up view of David Hockney, English 1937, Bigger Trees near Water, oil on 50 canvases, 459.0 x 1225.0 cm (overall), presented by the artist 2008 (T12887) (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

 

 

 

 

DAVID HOCKNEY’S iPAD DRAWINGS

Below are photo images of David Hockney’s iPad drawings which is part of ‘a complete suite of drawings created by Hockney in Woldgate, East Yorkshire, UK, during the change of season 2011 and in Yosemite National Park, California, USA, 2011’ (NGV 2016).

 

17 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

17 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016.  One of a suite of drawings using an iPad en plein air in Woldgate, East Yorkshire, UK, during the change of season 2011 ‘Arrival of Spring’ (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

18 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

18 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016.  One of a suite of drawings using an iPad en plein air in Woldgate, East Yorkshire, UK, during the change of season 2011 ‘Arrival of Spring’ (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

19 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

19 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016.  One of a suite of drawings using an iPad en plein air in Woldgate, East Yorkshire, UK, during the change of season 2011 ‘Arrival of Spring’ (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

20 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

20 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

21 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

21 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov, 2016.  Three of a suite of drawings using an iPad en plein air in Woldgate, East Yorkshire, UK, during the change of season 2011 ‘Arrival of spring’ (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

23 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

23 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov, 2016.  David Hockney, English 1937 – The arrival of spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) – 31 May, No. 1 (900) iPad drawing printed on 6 sheets of paper mounted on Dibond, 290.8 x 218.4 cm (overall), Collection of the artist David Hockney (NGV 2016). Photographed by Karen Robinson

22 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

22 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov 2016.  On the right hand side of the image – David Hockney, English 1937 – The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven), 19 May 2011, iPad drawings (looped), Hockney Pictures (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

24 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

24 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov, 2016.  Far back wall to the left, David Hockney English 1937 – Yosemite 1, October 16th 2011 (1059) iPad drawing, Collection of the artist (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

25 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

25 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov, 2016.  Part of a ‘complete suite of drawings using an iPad en plein air in Yosemite National Park, California, USA, 2011’ (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

26 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

26 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov, 2016.  Part of a ‘complete suite of drawings using an iPad en plein air in Yosemite National Park, California, USA, 2011’ (NGV 2016).   Photographed by Karen Robinson

 

 

 

 

DAVID HOCKNEY:  ‘WHEN I PAINT, I FEEL I’M 30’

David Hockney talks here below about using digital photography, about manipulation of said, about the opportunities to recreate images, and about being able deliver to the viewer a different way of looking at his works (Published on May 14, 2015 – Channel 3 News).  Hockney talks about still being very excited about pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

DAVID HOCKNEY – 4 BLUE STOOLS PHOTOGRAPHIC DRAWING

Below features one of a selection of David Hockney’s works ‘4 blue stools 2014’ using ‘multiple high-definition video cameras and still photography with digital compositing, to create new scenes with multiple perspectives and vanishing points 2011-15’ (NGV 2016).  Once again, the spacial feeling you get when you walk in the room it inhabits, is surprising.  Cleverly – it has the viewer needing to scan the room to appreciate the whole work.  David Hockney talks about this spacial awareness in the YouTube above titled ‘I Am a Space Freak” (NGV 2016).

 

27 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

27 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov, 2016.  David Hockney, English 1937 – 4 blue stools 2014, photographic drawing (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

28 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

28 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov, 2016.  David Hockney, English 1937 – 4 blue stools 2014, photographic drawing (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

29 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

29 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov, 2016.  David Hockney, English 1937 – 4 blue stools 2014, photographic drawings (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

31 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

31 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov, 2016.  David Hockney, English 1937 – 4 blue stools 2014, photographic drawing printed on paper, mounted on Dibond , edition 5 of 25, 170.3 x 175.9 cm (image), Collection David Hockney Foundation (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

 

Below features another one of a selection of David Hockney’s works using ‘multiple high-definition video cameras and still photography with digital compositing, to create new scenes with multiple perspectives and vanishing points 2011-15’ (NGV 2016).

 

30 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

30 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov, 2016.  David Hockney, English 1937 – The Jugglers 2012, 18 digital videos synchronised and presented on 18 55-inch screens to comprise a single artwork, 22 min, 205.7 x 728.0 cm (overall), Collection of the artist (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

 

 

 

 

DAVID HOCKNEY – OTHER WORKS

 

32 David Hockey Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

32 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov, 2016.  David Hockney, English 1937 – The group XI, 7-11 July 2014, acrylic on canvas, 122.0 x 183. cm, Collection of the artist (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

33 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

33 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov, 2016.  On the right hand side of this photograph – David Hockney English 1937 – A bigger card players 2015, photographic drawing printed on paper, mounted on aluminum, edition 1 of 12, 177.2 x 177.2 cm, Collection of David Hockney Foundation (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

 

 

 

DAVID HOCKNEY – PORTRAITS

David Hockney’s Exhibition ‘CURRENT’ also features a ‘complete series of 82 portraits and 1 still life, a body of acrylic on canvas paintings 2013-16’ (NGV 2016).  These portraits have all been painted by David Hockney and depict those connected in some way with Hockney’s daily life (NGV 2016).  Upon entering the area of the exhibition housing these portraits, you cannot help but think about the spans of work he has achieve in such a small amount of time being between 2013 and 2016 – where does he get the energy?

 

34 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

34 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov, 2016.  David Hockney, the complete series 82 portraits and 1 still life, a body of acrylic on canvas paintings 2013-16 (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

35 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

35 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov,2016.  David Hockney, the complete series 82 portraits and 1 still life, a body of acrylic on canvas paintings 2013-16 (NGV 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

An amazing exhibition, an amazing living artist and an extraordinary life of a man who has devoted much of his life to his passion, the creation and production of his art work – David Hockney.  I loved it!

 

38 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov2016 Photographed by Karen Robinson

38 David Hockney Current Exhibition at National Gallery Victoria Nov, 2016.   The gallery had provided a huge life-size photo image applied to a wall, featuring David Hockney standing in his studio.  Visitors of the gallery were then able to stand beside the image of David Hockney and have their photo taken.  The security guard at the gallery kindly offered to take a photo of me with Hockney’s image which was very nice of him.   Photographed by Karen Robinson

 

 

 


© Karen Robinson – November 2016

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