When I first met Hector Korsten in the 1970′s, I thought, “who is this strange fellow?”.
He had a weird accent and talked like someone out of “Oliver Twist”.
“Hello, me old darling!” he would shout as I approached.
For all I knew he could have come from South Africa (which he did).
As a boy he had moved to London working for a Jewish printing company.
It was then my beloved friend and Mentor Victor Milton Potticary warned me about Hector.
“Be alert and watchful, Hector is not one of us you know.”
What the hell did Vic mean by that I thought, and then it dawned on me Hector worked in the Planning Room with Colin Haines.
Say no more!
But, he was one of us, a raconteur of some note and a student of the world of colonial History.
A worldly man who loved the piss and still does.
I admired him for achieving Warrant Officer rank in the (CMF) “Weekend Warriors,” for I know he had suffered many crippling hangovers on Thursday nights whilst in the service of Australia his adopted country.
Hector Korsten is a Great Man and he ranks up there with other Legends of the Guv like Graham “Yank” Hall.
Visual artist Barbara Nati attempts to analyse the chaos reigning underneath the surface of reality combining conceptually interesting visual landscapes that blur fantasy and reality.
In her new photographic series entitled ‘The House of This Evening, All Mine’, stunning post-apocalyptic ‘tree houses’ made of shattered buildings tower in desolated and beautiful landscapes.
Her digital manipulation work can be described as surreal, futuristic, imaginative, dreamy, playful and a little dark – all be it in a good way – yet still confronting the viewer with current social and environmental issues.
A recurrent obsession for ordinary objects allegorically camouflaged as other shapes implicitly invites the viewer to look again and never take for granted, offering the opposite point of view from the expected or predicted one and pulverizing the naïve trust in what we consider real but may not be.
History, visual art and advertising flair mix up in her cross-contaminated and very own stylistic approach where art ultimately fulfills its goal becoming a playful tool, speaking in a versatile and universal alphabet.
Barbara Nati lives and works in London. She trained at the Parson School of Design in NYC and the IEAO in Perugia, Italy.
She has exhibited her work in Italy, Ireland and the UK.
Previous projects include No Farewell Only Endless Goodbye, Futuristic Revivals and The Footsteps of Silence.
Mr Alex Riley, also known as The Toff invites you and your partner to Our Next OGL Luncheon which will be held on Friday 12 April, 2019, commencing 12 Noon at the West Adelaide Footnball Clubrooms.
There will be a Posthumous Celebration of the Life of the late Jyll Watson with reference to her time at the Goverment Printing Office.
A Presentation will be made to the family by Mrs Jenny Easther (Jyll’s sister in law).
Jyll’s name will be entered on the Bernie Smith Legends Board located at West Adelaide Football Club
Attending: Your Host Alex Riley, David and Marilyn Harding, Jenny and Gary Easther, Rod Parham, Rob and Wendy Powell, Marianne Hunn, Jude Marks, Ray Belt, Jack and Helen Flack, Brian Hartshorne, Trevor and Barbara Roberts, Con and Norma Rogers, Peter Plowman, David ‘Gunner’ Copley (see below), Mike Burnett,
Apologies: Dennis Grover, David and Thelma Korff, Kevin and Judy Stack-Neale, Don Woolman,
To Book or Apologise contact Alex on 0419 035 970 or Rod Parham on 0424 294 450.