March 06

RISE OF THE MACHINES

Graham Walker and Katy Mutton

Graham Walker and Katy Mutton

After a big spread in the Canberra Times last Saturday everyone in Canberra (at least) should have heard of Katy Mutton by now. The opening of Rise of the Machines at Manuka last night included something unusual in the arts – a very interesting opening speech. Graham Walker National Research Officer, Vietnam Veterans Federation and 2014 ACT Senior Australian of the Year gave an eloquent and informative talk about Katy’s work which focuses on the machines of war, in particular the flying machines. Graham hit the nail on the head when he said ” This exhibition is about the aerial machines that wreak havoc and how they are romanticised …. There is amnesia about the immense suffering they caused. “. Katy has been exploring her family heritage with a military twist for some time now and this series  is another take on that subject. To some extent this show imagines a history of flying weapons from WW11 bombers to drones – sinister,  beautiful, efficient harbingers of death and destruction – you want want to go home without one. (Artwork that is). The Rise of the Machines at CCAS Manuka until 16 March.

Graham's opening address on milk crate

Graham’s opening address on milk crate (this was a bit scary)

Michael and Laura

Michael and Laura

Alex and Mark

Alex and Mark

Miranda and Sted (bar duties)

Miranda and Stead (bar duties)

Andrew and Jan

Andrew and Jan

crowd scene

crowd scene