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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 30, No. 11. 1967.

Taj Mahal for ever

Taj Mahal for ever

"Meal By Fritz." An entry in the Pooh Club art exhibition.

"Meal By Fritz." An entry in the Pooh Club art exhibition.

Six Months Ago the Pooh Club sought the use of the Taj Mahal for cultural purposes. No sympathy for this project was obtained from the City Council. Now the Pooh Club and the Banana Club have staged a display of artwork by University and Polytech students in the Activities Room, which makes it clear that the City Council was mistaken in their attitude. The display has been well-received, a stream of quiet students being appreciative and amused by the work.

Erice Fairbrother's painting has a vivid intensity. The work of Jocelyn Hopklnson has a fine definition. Dennis List's Concerto in K, a work to which he has devoted many months, shows the clarity of line and whimsicality of invention which writing leads one to expect. Less visual beauty, but as much humour, is evident in the work of Hockey Patilla, recording Viceregal doings. John Hales has contributed his hat and a wooden pussycat. Another notable offering la "Meal." by Fritz.

A number of commercial posters and pictures from the 1930s and earlier supply a contrast to the work of the students. The greater part of this work is from students who attend Polytech. it includes etchings, lithographs and cloth prints. These display a high technical competence, but possibly an absence of formal imagination. Four masks by Polytech students, however, possess this quality and have been much admired.

A number or panel cartoons by Brockie introduces a light note, which is supported by the Madonna with Caesar and an object which is, in fact, a patented bedframe.

In view of the interest and popularity of the display it is to be hoped that the City Council will reconsider its attitude to the use of the Taj Mahal by students.

Niel Wright