Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Life imitating art

It's always a thrill to create a new identity for a new venture. We recently designed a postcard for Lyrebird, a new business producing fine photographic reproductions of exhibitions and art works for artists and galleries. Lyrebird creators Joy and John took inspiration for the business name after hearing an incredible lyrebird imitate a camera, among other things, in a gobsmacking clip seen on You Tube taken from a David Attenborough documentary. A striking image featuring a male performer taken from The Lyrebird, a 1965 Australian Ballet performance in Canberra, provided the perfect image to create a striking postcard.

Evocative of birds, the logo reflects both masculine and feminine aspects in a bold graphic that emulates the beauty of the lyrebird. For expertly technically beautiful reproductions of artwork, see Lyrebird.

Image: Courtesy of the National Archives of Australia from The Lyrebird. Photographer: John Tanner. Image no: A1200, L50479.

It's a wrap

Performance Space recently wound up Liveworks, a four day festival of back-to-back art works and performances across new a wide variety of media. Featuring both established and emerging artists, we stepped out for Midweek Social. Created by David, another one of our team, Midweek Social was an arty 80's inspired night of board games and prizes with a performance by The Knife Waltz, a prom style photobooth manned by Lyrebirds John & Joy, and all expertly compered by Robbie McGregor.

Elsewhere we were quite taken by Liby Hibberd's warm, yet peculiar, bookBus project, and we loved Frenchmottershead quirky The Perth & Sydney Echo.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

This is: Square Eyes

It seems we can't get enough of film festivals in Sydney with two more festivals hitting town this week. The Japanese Film Festival brings the finest in Japanese celluloid to our shores. We're keen to see Shodo Girls, a true story of a dwindling small town. Click here to see what happens when dance, pop music and calligraphy collide in an effort to keep a town on the map. Quite literally on the shore, the 10th Annual Bondi Short Film Festival kicks off on November 27. With the first evening session already sold out, be quick for your chance to see the 14 selected films.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Freshly minted

Art schools across the city are playing the proud parent with their end of year graduate shows. Sydney College of the Arts kicked things off last week with their annual undergraduate showcase across a diverse range of art-making departments. With renovations underway on campus, COFA will launch their undergraduate show tonight at Carriageworks. We were taken by their bold black and white invitation featuring bright pink and mirrored highlights (above). Congratulations to Bernardo, one of our team, whose work is on display tonight. Next week is the National Art School's turn with Katie Dyer taking the curatorial reigns for the December 2 opening.

Hints of Summer

A sure sign that summer is just around the corner is the launch of Sydney Festival. Sydney in January is bliss, not just because of holidays and warm days, but also because Sydney Festival is brimming with entertainment options creating a buzz in the air. To kick off, we're intrigued by John Baldessari's invitation to Sydneysiders to have their brush with fame, albeit for just 15 seconds, in Your Name in Lights. Register now.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

This is: In Bloom

Judith Cook's 'A Spring Collection' opens tonight at Edit on Albion Street in Sydney's Surry Hills. Featuring new paintings and mixed media works, the show promises sumptuous colours with a strong hint of spring. The image above is Vivien's Bouquet, mixed media on handmade paper.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Serpentine Gallery

Lately, we’ve been transfixed by all things structural. First there was Richard Hammond’s Engineering Connections documentary about the Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. While the gallery is not new on the architectural map, we learnt that this astounding engineering feat was developed from the most whimsical sketch, making use of cutting edge materials and practices along the way. We recommend catching the DVD, if only to witness the wonder of eggs. Next on our radar is the tenth Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. In a nod to the brilliant red of London's post boxes, phones boxes and buses, it is the work of innovative French architect Jean Nouvel. Set in verdant gardens, the 2010 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is sure to be a red hot summer hit. And although planes in London are currently grounded, we took a direct flight to Smart Structures, Sydney. Our client is a fan of both the colour red and realising engineering feats of their own. Check out their Autumn newsletter here.

Monday, 8 November 2010

One for the ladies

In just under two years Light Journeys has built up a strong list of on-line exhibitions featuring the work of both emerging and established Australian women photographers. In November Shauna Greyerbiehl takes the spotlight with her sumptuous black and white photographs that show her interest in the complexities of human relationships. Light Journeys' archive features the work of Anne Zahalka (John, Photographer pictured courtesy of Anne Zahalka), Robyn Stacey and Katrin Koenning's gorgeous studies of light on the streets of Melbourne. Light Journeys is curated by Lee Grant (recent winner of the 2010 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize) and U.K Frederick and has quickly become the place to see the work of female photographers.

Monday's Mo

It's Movember, the month when guys everywhere will be showing a more hirsute side. The aim of Movember is to raise funds for vital research into, and awareness of, health issues affecting men, for example, prostrate cancer and depression. Started several years ago by a few mates in Australia, Movember has quickly become a global phenomena with New Zealand, the USA, Canada, the Netherlands, Finland, Spain, Ireland, the UK and South Africa all staging their own Movember events. We're looking forward to watching the mos sprout over the coming weeks, but in the meantime we were delighted by Typestaches.

Monday, 1 November 2010

This is: Sausage Making

With warmer weather approaching it's the perfect time to get into serious BBQ mode. What better way to do that than to go along to one of Victor Churchill's Sausage Making Cooking Classes. We love the creativity they apply to their store window installations and can only imagine what delights await in sausage making...the results are sure to WOW your guests!