We can make another future: Japanese art after 1989

Last week Chloe and I (Bree) had a lazy day out in Brisbane, spending most of the day laying under trees or in soft patches of grass and the rest of the time drinking coffee or perusing art galleries.

We started our day with breakfast at The Charming Squire. It’s hard to pass up the good old Eggs Benny and equally as tempting is a buttery croissant, imagine our delight at the combination of the two. Butter overload. The bacon and egg roll on the other hand was lacking just that! Thankfully a gorgeous egg sunny side up, glorious bacon, fresh rocket and some pretty divine bush tomato relish saved the day. And of course there was coffee. I went cap, she went latte on lactose free. Chloe is embracing alternative milks of late and we’re loving the growing availability of lactose free cows milk.

We like to emerge ourselves fully into the planning of our events, after announcing our Izakaya dinner we heard about the current GoMA exhibition ‘We can make another future: Japanese art after 1989‘, we scheduled in a visit. As an art school drop out (ridiculously close to completing a Bachelor of Creative Industries, majoring in Visual Art with a minor in Film and Media – what a fool) there were a lot of familiar names and pieces. Some all time favourites like Morimura and Yayoi Kusama!

Beginning in 1989, Heisei has seen significant challenges for Japan, as the country has negotiated the collapse of the ‘bubble’ economy and a social uncertainty exacerbated by a series of man-made and natural disasters within a rapidly changing region. But it has also been the period of ‘Cool Japan’, with widespread international interest in Japan’s contemporary cultural production, while opportunities have emerged for closer engagement with its neighbours in the Asia Pacific.

Time for coffee number two and maybe a snack we head for Merivale Street. We have an undying love for Paladar Fumior Salon but in the smouldering heat we decided on trying out a little spot we’ve walked by before when heading for that favourite Cuban courtyard. We fell pretty deep into facade love on first sight of Two Trees but it was discovering that they are a SANDWICH SHOP that got us hooked. A smack in the face from the aircon (why is it so hard to find air conditioned cafes?!) and we went to town! A cheese toasty was ordered and a super round of coffees; a cap, a cold drip and an icy black pour over.

Then to QAG, we were surprised to find more Japanese art in their exhibition Hanga: Modern Japanese Prints, featuring work from print makers such as memorable Japanese-American artist Masami Teraoka.

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Modern Japanese print exhibition

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Highlight of the day was the work from ‘Sublime: Contemporary works from the Collection’.  Michael Sailsford, Wolken (clouds) an installation of tyre inner tube “clouds” photographed below with Lara Favaretto, Gummo IV that was so desperately hard not to immerse ourselves in. As well as the reflective wonder of Timo Nasseri, Epistrophy VI and the dark void of the Anish Kapoor piece.

End the day with gin and I’m one happy camper.


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