White Rabbit Gallery - "Dark Matters"

/ Sunday, 23 April 2017 / No comments:

Dark Matters

"The ancient Chinese got their ink from smoky oil lamps, brushing away deposited soot and mixing it into a paste that hardened into “stones”. This black was pure, indelible and did not fade, and they fell in love with it. By adjusting the ink’s dilution and the density of their brushstrokes, painters could create a multitude of shades, from deepest blue-black to palest dove grey. Black had always been the colour of mystery, night, the void. The better the artists got to know black ink, the more superficial, even gaudy, colour seemed. As the Daoist  philosopher Laozi declared: “Colours cause the eye to go blind.” Black—utterly simple yet infinitely subtle—allowed one to see the truth.

Chinese artists no longer live in a simple, natural, orderly world. They get their blacks not just from ink stones but from printer cartridges, spray cans, propane torches, X-ray film, newsprint, polyester, computer bits and steel. And they use blacks to convey realities the classical masters never dreamed of: oil spills, air pollution, megacities, mass production and political machinations. The artists in this show don’t shun light or colour, but in using them they follow Laozi’s advice: “Know the white, but hold to the black.” Containing more than ever, the dark also conceals more than ever. And it matters more than ever that we see."

Northern Beaches - Easter Weekend

/ Thursday, 20 April 2017 / No comments:
Spent a quiet and very relaxing Easter Weekend at Mona Vale.
Vu and I went to Palm Beach on the second day for brunch at the Boathouse, stopping nearby for the gorgeous views!

Cascade Falls (Macquarie Pass, NSW)

/ Sunday, 9 April 2017 / No comments:

Cascade Falls is a 2 hour drive from Sydney, near the upper Kangaroo Valley. We went on a group hike during a lovely sunny Saturday morning/ afternoon.
People were canyoning when we arrived at the falls. It took us a decent 2 hours of hiking/ rock scrabbling/ navigating/ bridge building before we got to the falls. Luckily Vu and his friend were quite long-limbed and could haul us across the rocks!
Rocky terrain!


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