Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Parks & Recreation


Arts collective Performance Space once again hosted their engaging 'Micro Parks' events appropriating public parks into gallery spaces. Art installations and groups have for a long time been democratising art often in unconventional contexts making it more accessible for people to participate which not only broadens its audience, but also elevates it into new opportunities. 

Wimbo park, cnr Bourke & Devonshire st (pictured) portrayed the backyard of a dog lover creating a pen and other common objects like rocks, garbage, planks of wood and a dog out of Styrofoam painted fluorescent-hazardous waste yellow. 

A friend and I also visited Ward park, again on Devonshire St. but at the wrong time missing a performance piece, but that's ok when the many local pubs offer good libations!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Kaldor's Your Very Good Idea

Kaldor Public Arts Projecs Your Very Good Idea
Image from Kaldor Public Arts website.


Kaldor Public Art Projects is one of Australia's leading art philanthropists commissioning Jeff Koons, Thomas Demand, Christo & Jeanne-Claude and the like to create large art installations for the Australian public. For their 45th anniversary project they are holding an open call to Australian artists to audition and produce their next work. 

For their 45th project they call on Australian artists to create a temporary ambitious, innovative piece/s that will activate the space it's hosted by and engages its audience. What's more the work remains the copyright and ownership of the artist who is paid a $5, 000 fee. But the project is limited to Australian artists who have previously created work professionally. 

I've always loved Kaldor's installations as they make art accessible to the public, are free, but often have a interactive component where in 2011 Michael Landy explored 'Random Acts of Kindness' where he called on the public to supply some content and then scattered the works around Sydney city that activated public spaces. In 2012 Thomas Demand took over the CTA building in Martin Place that always seemed alien to it's surroundings and opened it up to the public to explore in his surrealist work 'The Dailies'. 



The open call closes on 9am Monday, May 26th. Visit their website for more information and to apply. www.kaldorartprojects.org.au/yourverygoodidea

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Romance Was Born & Rebecca Baumann: Reflected Glory

Location: 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia



A Romance Was Born runway show is anything but typical, but this year at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) they opted to show their creations through an exhibition. A worthwhile production seeing that they can manipulate a space more and create a bigger experience for the viewer than the small bump in and out time allotted for a standard show. 


The exhibition was by invitation only for it's launch, but later it is available to the public to enjoy until the 11th of May. Following the trend of democratising fashion weeks around the world where industry events are opening up to the public by live streaming shows, IMG selling designer product immediately after it is shown on the runway and consumer events like Mercedes Benz fashion Week Sydney and  Mercedes Benz Fashion Week: Weekend Edition an event produced for the public in the same venue directly after the industry event.

After many successful collaborations, for their 14/15 collections they teamed with Rebecca Baumann a multi-media artists to build some fantastic light installations that was very tailored to the collection's concept. 




Outfits should be named Diana Ross, The Supremes & Elizabeth Taylor





A suit for Ottoman or Indian royalty!





Romance Was Born X Rebecca Baumann: Reflected Glory at Carriageworks 9/4-11/5 2014. 
245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

I'm Back

G'day!

It has been some time since my last post after my travels became 7.5 months instead of 3! I find myself back in Sydney where a bus takes me to my local station instead of some isolated mountain village! Travelling so long meant that I really got to know the land, people and politics of Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Morocco, Italy and Greece where I lived more than I visited or travelled.

Being home I feel both free and the lack of that freedom which I came to know as a close friend. I may wake up in the same bed, unable to run off to some distant land, but I am free where I can work and live a bit more luxuriously, but also explore my future and career having finished studying Journalism at uni a couple of years ago. I may not leave my geographic place, but it certainly will be an internal journey.

Trying to reclaim that backpacker life, I played tourist in my own city to see how things had changed. I will leave you with this sculpture of a rhino I found in Hyde Park where Oxford St begins. It is part of a gallery-come-fundraiser where artists and other groups were commissioned by Taronga Zoo to decorate 75 sculptures that are to be exhibited around the city and later auctioned to raise money for rhino conservation programs. You can learn more here (www.taronga.org.au/wild-rhinos).

New post Monday!

Rhinoceros sculpture in Hyde Park Sydney

Monday, 7 October 2013

Finding Myself


And no it's not about a puberty, coming into adulthood story. I am heading overseas for 3-ish months visiting, Turkey, Greece, Israel, Palestine, Morocco, Italy and the United Arab Emirates. Scenes of Sydney and I will return in January. Scratch that, May after my trip has been extended.

Follow my twitter @mrtdion which is and will be very active or visit the widget in the sidebar for updates on my reflections and movements.





Monday, 2 September 2013

Wanderlust by Bless'ed are the Meek

The fashion community of late has been very enamored with fashion films, being able to translate the concept of the collection, show movement in the garments rather than static editorial shots and it creates some good publicity and buzz for the brand. Most of the films being seen and produced have been for the main fashion houses particularly Prada who seems to bang out one each couple of months, but local Aussie brand Bless'ed are the Meek just launched their film for their Wanderlust campaign last Thursday after showing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia for the last 2 years.

They teamed up with Tourism Northern Territory to use places and scenes to convey the theme of wanderlust by exploring untouched places that you're in awe of, that you feel that you are the first person to discover it. It looks like a win-win between Bless'ed are the Meek and Tourism NT; BATM get to film in a moving landscape and Tourism NT get to show off and advertise their product, themselves.

The film itself changes between short, fast moments and those that are slow and long to play on the idea of being in awe of a place, that your heart races and see everything in slow motion. See for yourself below:



Film provided by Mother & Father PR

Friday, 2 August 2013

Stickers: A City Wide Prank

A cement remote in Redfern
A cement remote in Redfern

Here in Redfern I found a second TV remote made of cement, fixed to the ground and wedged in the pavement between two different structures so that it won't be seen unless you come by it by happenstance. I suppose you could call it graffiti in 3D, guerilla art or a prank to see how many naive folk would try and fail at picking it up. It is akin to an old gag where a wad of money is bound to string that's dangled in front of a poor old sod to see if they will go after it when you continually pull it away! 

After seeing this I always had it in the back of my mind, thinking where I saw this first; the pylons suspending the tracks of the recently closed Sydney Monorail. I decided to make my way over to capture and see it one last time before they are gone along with this unloved mode of transport. 

Moving from pylon to pylon I saw that each 'sticker' was a memory of our typical life; remotes, mobiles, crushed soft drink cans and even a model of cracked baby doll. Each one was so old, rugged, scratched or had small [hopefully was a cold day] penises engraved into them that it made each look like an artifact of daily life.

With the monorail closed to make way for a new exhibition and convention centre it means that the pylons will be trashed along with these beautiful moments of everyday life. Hopefully others who appreciate these pieces like me will be able to successfully scratch them off and give them a second life. 

Gloves stuck as guerilla art

Crushed soft drink can stuck as guerilla art

Crushed soft drink can stuck as guerilla art

Baby doll as guerilla art

Mobile phone as guerilla art

Remote control as guerilla art





Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...