＜展示会＞ Australian Artist and Philosopher, Doug Wakefield
1月18日 @ 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
An Exposition of Thought & Action
From Australian Artist and Philosopher:
Welcome to the Social Book Café, and the January 18, 2020 micro-exhibition presented by Australian Artist and Philosopher, Doug Wakefield.
Doug is from Kalbar, a small village in the Australian State of Queensland. Kalbar is situated about 2 hours South West from the Queensland capital city: Brisbane. The village is part of the Scenic Rim Council area, a large rural area with scenic views reminiscent of the hills around Hiroshima. The nearest larger township is Boonah, where Doug is an active member of the local art society. He is also an Artist-in-Residence with the historical, Templin Museum.
Doug describes himself as a ‘bleak’ artist. He rarely creates ‘pretty’ works, but chooses to immerse himself in darker, sometimes ugly, subjects. (Interestingly, he says the influence to work with humanity’s darker secrets came about because of an encounter with the Japanese husband and wife team, Iri and Toshi Maruki, and their hauntingly beautiful and terrifying “HIROSHIMA PANELS”. At the time, Doug was an 8 year-old school student and was taken by the school to see the panels when they arrived in Australia during their world tour in 1954. Doug says these panels should be continually ‘on tour’ to remind the World’s citizens of the arrogance and stupidity of Man…)
Doug uses many media in creating his work. A regular theme is ‘deconstruct/reconstruct’ art, where things already created might be pulled-apart, and then remade into something different. (He says: “This is like life itself, really, we come from dust, live our hour or two, and then go back to dust…”)
Like another of Doug’s early influences, French artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, words are often included as part of the work, and – coincidental to the Japanese literary culture – Doug’s use-of-words-as-part-of-the-art, includes the Japanese succinct poetry form of ‘Haiku’ – 5/7/5 = 17 syllables, the form basically created by Basho over 600 years ago.
(Doug says one of his favourite Haiku is from one of Basho’s British followers, the Punk poet, John Cooper-Clark:
“To convey one’s mood
In seventeen syllables
Is very diffic…”)
So: This exhibition! The collection is a mix of words and visual art, including sculpture.
The exhibition was not planned, as such, and the vast majority of the work is as created between Wednesday December 4 2019 (when he left Australia, Hiroshima-bound), and Saturday January 18, 2020. When Doug travels, he normally has a sketchpad and post-cards on hand, and spends time in-flight roughing-out – and sometimes finishing – items that catch his interest. Some of these items appear in the exhibition.
Most of the 3-D structured items are of the ‘deconstruct/reconstruct’ nature based on things Doug found in his walks within the immediate City precinct. A favourite haunt was the low-tide area around the Aioi-Bashi Bridge. (Doug asked it be noted that very few folk – Hiroshima Dwellers and Tourists alike – appear to appreciate the low tide walks under the bridges provide an interesting aside to the ‘regular’ City views… But it is not uncommon in cities around the world… The no-man’s land between low tide and high tide has often been a mysterious place… an eternally disputed marriage of air and water, with the land as witness…)
In closing, Doug likes to pay homage to the two core elements from the very first lessons from the art school he graduated from, the Rufus Gutz School of Fractured Arts. Doug recalls: “ART THEORY 1.01 states: ‘Open the doors of your mind to Chaos’, and ART PRACTICE 1.01 states: ‘Do it.'”
And finally, Doug says: “If you carry nothing away from the exhibition, at the very least: ENJOY THIS LIFE!”