The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)
This work is a new collaboration between Darren & I (Jo) and was made for the exhibition opening this weekend “The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)”.
The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) is an exhibition compiled of artists’ responses to the lyrics of Tom Waits’ legendary song of the same title at the request of Joseph Eisenberg OAM, Cultural Director of Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG), in celebration of achievements during his ten years of leadership.
We decided on a text work to represent this crazy and awesome song, echoing the call from a dive bar – also something my Dad would say frequently at parties in his Queens accent, LAST CALL FOR ALCOHOL!
I’ve included a video of Tom performing “The Piano Has Been Drinking” on Fernwood Tonight 1977. This is my favourite version of the song because of the interview following his performance, the host says something about the bottle in front of him and Tom replies “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy…” This one was also a Dad joke, and now I know where he got it from 😉
Joanna Kambourian & Darren Bryant,
“Last Call… (I’d rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy…)” 2015, hand cut relief print.
Reg Mombassa, The piano has been drinking, 2015 charcoal on paper, 26 x 34 cm, gift of the artist
The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) is an exhibition compiled of artists’ responses on and with paper to the lyrics of this celebrated Tom Waits’ song – a favourite of Maitland Regional Art Gallery Cultural Director Joe Eisenberg OAM, in celebration of achievements during his ten years of leadership.
A broad cross-section of local, nationally renowned and international artists were approached to participate with interpretive works on paper, in response to these song lyrics holding personal significance to Joe. An overwhelming number of artists responded, resulting in a uniquely creative and diverse collection of more than 160 new works which will be exhibited at MRAG for the first time.
A festival of 8 exhibitions including the work of more than 250 artists, over 100 events, 2 public art installations and 1 big party!
To be officially opened by
Professor the Hon. Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
1.30 – 4.30 pm | Saturday 2 May 2015