September has returned once again and along with the first stirrings of spring in Australia, there’s plenty of color to be had at Desert Mob 2013. Some photographs have begun to appear on Facebook pages, including this set from the Araluen Arts Centre. And once again I am privileged to be able to share a stunning set of pre-opening pictures of the hang courtesy of my old mate Stephen Williamson, the show’s curator.
I’ve never been able to attend Desert Mob, as September means the start of the school year here in the northern hemisphere. I’ve always had to rely on the kindness of friends to see what happens each year, but based on the photographs below, I’ll go out on a limb and say this is one of the strongest and most interesting shows in recent times. There’s the usual assortment of great paintings and genre-bending sculptures from the well-known art centres. But there’s much interesting work of a sort I don’t remember seeing at the Mob before: photographs, naive paintings of whitefellas in cities, prints, and the striking new lightboxes from Warakurna Artists.
Rather than compress everything into a slide show as I did last year, I’ll beg your indulgence for this page loading slowly and spread these gorgeous photographs out for your enjoyment. Click any one of them to see a larger image, sit back, and enjoy.