The other day Geoff and I went and had a look at Top Arts 2007. Top Arts is a Victorian collection of the best VCE Artwork. I find the exhibition (I’ve been several years in a row now) pretty inspiring – and in a small way kind of freaky, most of the art is done by those younger than me. I am a huge fan of ‘Chad’ (featured left) by Sophie McPike.
See the rest of the exhibition here.
My little sister is doing VCE and does some fairly amazing stuff with charcoal/pencil. She’s been looking at portraiture, nudes etc. Perhaps she will make it into Top Arts next year.
This week in the news was the controversial Annie Leibovitz – a photographer I do admire – for her photographs of Miley Cirus. I personally think it’s a absolutely beautiful portrait… It is art.
It does however draw attention to the line between appropriate and not. Miley Cirus afterall is only 15. I wonder though, would it be looked at differently if it were a painting? How much does the subject influence the finished piece? Once we freeze the frame can we ever disassociate the actual subject from the art? But then… I guess it’s portraiture, so it’s entirely the point NOT to seperate the two.