November 09

QUILTY AT THE DRILL HALL

Zoe and new best friend Ben Quilty

Zoe and (new best friend) Ben Quilty

The Drill Hall was rocking last night and Canberra was out in force for the opening of Trigger-happy, an exhibition of recent work by Ben Quilty. Ben is well known as an artist who is not afraid to speak his mind and last night was no exception as he spoke briefly about his enormous paintings of sites where Aboriginal people had been massacred. Curator Michael Desmond and Ben have been working on Trigger-happy for some time and they have put together a magnificent exhibition of works, many that are nothing short of overwhelming (in every sense of the word).  Quilty’s very physical style cranks up the tense atmosphere generated by paintings that require some distance in order to get the picture. There is beauty, however,  in this dark world of rich colour and heavy paint that cuts through national myths and convenient delusions of Australian(ness) … Make sure you see the rarely shown drawings in the back room. At the Drill Hall until 15 December.

John Loane and Trigger-happy curator Michael Desmond

John Loane and Trigger-happy curator Michael Desmond

Ossian and Bryn

Ossian and Bryn

Cat and the big Ben Quilty

Cat and the big Ben Quilty

Martyn Jolly and Terence Maloon

Martyn Jolly and Terence Maloon (Director, Drill Hall)

Elle and Mal

Elle and Mal

Richard Larter and Emma Beer

Richard Larter and Emma Beer

Josh and Jemima

Josh and Jemima

Moha and Tim

Moha and Tim

Chris, Mikala and Kael

Chris, Mikala and Kael

Jenny McFarlane and Mary Eagle

Jenny McFarlane and Mary Eagle

David and Jamie

David and Jamie

Karl and Will

Karl and Will

Robbie and Karl

Robbie and Karl

Riley and Kimto

Riley and Kimto

The Drill Hall Team : Tony, Ben, Josh, Peter and Boogan

The Drill Hall Team : Tony, Ben, Josh, Peter and Boogan