(Australia 05 Aug 1956– )
49.5 x 48.8cm board; 51.6 x 53.5 x 4.2cm frame (irreg.)
The 'Pipe smoking suite' relates to a contemporary practise of 'surfing the net' on any chosen subject. Noel McKenna is not particularly conversant with computer culture, nor a frequent user. However, he happened to be interested in a famous painting by Cezanne depicting pipe smoking ('The card players') and was astounded at the result from 'Googling' the subject, leading to the current series. His fascination with such archetypical images of human physiognomy and habits however happens to have long established antecedents, beginning in Australia with the droll, understated satire of the colonial Australian artist ST Gill.
Samela Harris., The advertiser 25 May 2009, 'Cult of funny cats', Adelaide, 25 May 2009. Exhibition review
Noel McKenna., Noel McKenna: Google series, Men smoking pipes, Autumn, Men fishing, Cats etc 2009, 'Google series, Men smoking pipes, Autumn, Men fishing, Cats etc', Adelaide, 2009, (colour illus.). cat.no. 8; not paginated
Louise Vodic., dBMagazine.com.au [issue# 469] 17 Jun 2009-30 Jun 2009, 'Noel McKenna: Google Series, Men Smoking Pipes, Autumn, Men Fishing, Cats etc', Adelaide, 17 Jun 2009-30 Jun 2009. Exhibition review
Noel McKenna: Google series, Men smoking pipes, Autumn, Men fishing, Cats etc. (2009), Greenaway Art Gallery, Kent Town, 27 May 2009–05 Jul 2009