Wednesday, 27 October 2010


Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design are behind a walking tour project with a difference. The Audio Design Museum offers downloadable tours for Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with a design focus. The Audio Design Museum aims to showcase the design talent of these cities giving participants a sensory experience as they wander the precincts listening to what designers have to say. You can download MP3s, PDF maps or watch videos from the Audio Design Museum Website. Image is from Brisbane's Alexander Lotersztain.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

This is: Quirky

We've been charmed of late by a few artists who all have a slightly quirky bent. Mexican photographer Alejandra Laviada combines everyday beauty with gorgeous palettes to create images that rely on a sense of balance. One of favourite works is in the series Photo Sculptures on her website, but elsewhere there are other intriguing images.

Recently back on Australian shores, artist Sarah Mosca has been running her Mosca Project blog for some time now. The Mosca Project lists in image form Sarah's inspirations as she travels the globe. In addition to her own website, Sarah has recently launched a new project called SuperKaleidoscope that aims to show innovative contemporary art with a range of temporary exhibitions in Australian and abroad. The image above is Skagafjourd AEA, 2010 and was made while on a residency in Iceland.

We stumbled on Cookie Boy recently, a Japanese cookie maker who bakes adorable cookies in all kinds of forms, for example, skies with floating clouds, Raybans, cameras, party cats and many others. They look so good, it would be a crime to eat these arty wonders.

Monday, 25 October 2010

To the Point

Proving that good things come in small packages, the second issue of Point is out now. Produced by Performance Space, the tiny black and white publication features contributions from curators, writers and artists including one of our own team. The second issue coincides with Live Live and Live Works, both of which feature live performances, art installations and a host of other intriguing events including Midweek Social. It's on now and runs through to November 14. Check Performance Space for more details.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Ben's Chair

We're always excited to visit the Portia Geach Prize, but this year doubly so as we know one of the selected artists. Laura Jones was short-listed for her portrait of Ben Storrier, Ben's Chair, along with 46 other women artists whose chosen medium is paint. As with previous years there is a People's Choice award valued at $5,000 for the winning artist. We're gunning for Laura.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Dental as anything

Perched above Paddington's shopping strip is Dub Dentist David Kagan. David's day job is to keep his patient's teeth in tip top shape, however he's also a dab hand on the decks. He recently released his second double CD aptly titled Flossanova with some tracks making the airwaves on FBi Radio. As a patient, the dental experience is something else: great art on the walls, friendly banter in the chair and pounding music takes you to another world. Who said going to the dentist isn't fun?

Monday, 18 October 2010

This is: Thirst Quenching

With warmer weather now a reality, it's the perfect time to experience the profusion of hip new bars popping up all over town. Buzo Wine Library in Woollahra is a current fave. The mood is lively and the chef behind the bar prepares amazingly simple, delicious fare. At Grasshopper the cocktails are numbered rather than named, a novel idea for remembering where you are on the list. Shady Pines conjures balmy summer nights and sporting a 'rail' theme, the new Stanley Street Station in East Sydney is quickly winning the locals custom. Meanhile, we're waiting with whetted appetites for Fratelli's Paradiso venture soon to open in Paddington. Now it's not just what to drink, but where?

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Sitting Pretty

Brisbane looks set to remain squarely on the map as Queensland's cultural capital. This week sees Optimism: Icograda Design Week Brisbane 2010 kick off in the city with a vibrant, international program of workshops, conferences, the AGDA Awards and a showing of the film Typeface. Meanwhile, haute couture struts its stuff at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) with the Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future exhibition. Showcasing the designs from the house of Valentino from 1958 through to Autumn/Winter 2009–10, this exhibition won't be touring. We'll have to make it to Brisbane or miss out!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

There's nothing like a gallery hop for inspiration. We recently stepped out to the MCA to see Primavera and In the Balance: Art for a changing world. But we were most impressed by Runa Islam's first Australian exhibition. Based in England, Runa creates compelling 16mm and 35mm films which are projected into intimate environments. The immersive installations utilise old projectors which add an air of nostalgia. Highly recommended. Image: Runa Islam, Be The First To See What You See As You See It, 2004, 16mm colour film, sound. Installation view, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, 2005. Image courtesy the artist and White Cube, London. © the artist,
photograph: Gerry Johansson

On the way to Patsy Payne's opening for Freefall we stopped by King Street Gallery where Kensuke Todo's Time, distance, speed was on show. Kensuke's work references his experience of being a Japanese artist living in contemporary Australia. His mono sculptures and drawings of freeways and highways merge elegant simplicity with graphic tension. Aptly named Freefall, Patsy's exhibition sees her large sculptural forms play with movement, shadow and the flow of life. With just a short time to go, both shows are well worth a look.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Venture out

Art & About is off and running with arty adventures all over town. Our current obsession with bikes was satisfied with The Bike Bike, a massive penny farthing created with other bikes. It's at the top of Martin Place. We enjoyed the Sydney Statues: Project! Statues of Queen Victoria, Captain Cook and others throughout the city have been dressed by textile artists in wildly coloured outfits referencing the wearable art movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Sydney's laneways come alive too with works by Jon Campbell and a host of others.

Images: Sydney Statues: Project! Queen Victoria, QVB and The Bike Bike, Martin Place courtesy City of Sydney.

Monday, 4 October 2010

On paper

New on the block is The Paper Mill, a gallery in the city focusing on all things papery. Sydney City Council has got behind the venture assisting The Paper Mill access suitable gallery space. The current show, appropriately titled Pulp, features an artist we've been following for some time, Kate Scardifield (pictured, Untitled 2009, fabric and collage elements on paper, courtesy the artist). The Paper Mill also stock a wide variety of zines, run workshops and are currently calling for submissions. Follow their upcoming events and exhibitions via their blog.

Friday, 1 October 2010

This is: The Big Apple

One of our crew hit the streets of NYC and top of the list was a visit to New Museum (pictured, photo Dean Kaufman), a beautiful edifice designed by Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima. We've been fans of their work for some time and reports are that experiencing this destination in the flesh is simply inspiring.

Whether in Sydney, London, Paris or New York it appears the humble bicycle is King of the Road with the trend still gaining traction. We're giddy with the new heights of craftsmanship such as those hand-made by Francesco Bertelli and the not-so humble gold plated number by Aurumania. While on the streets of the Big Apple we missed catching Talking Head David Byrne peddling his bike of choice across town, but had a better chance of spotting one of his bike racks. Lately he has applied his creative talents to the sculptural form and there are some which have been permanently installed in various locations around the city. Keep your eyes peeled.

Is this: The way of the future?

On show now at New York's Gagosian Gallery is Transport, an exhibition by Marc Newson showcasing his designs for transport and human locomotion since 1999. Since posting our piece on turquoise last month, we thought it apt to hone in on Marc's reinterpretation of the iconic Italian speedboat which is decked out in turquoise upholstery. With just 22 boats being produced, the Aquariva by Marc Newson is the ultimate style statement on the water. Image courtesy Gagosian Gallery.