Exhibitions

FEATHERED FRIENDS – A CELEBRATION OF AUSTRALIAN BIRDS @ PLATFORM 72 GALLERY ST LEONARDS

What do you get when you mix a photographer, graphic designers & a fine art illustrator? An eclectic mix of bird art in the form of an exhibition titled Feathered Friends.

Combining 45 pieces of individual bird art, featuring Angela’s close up macro bird headshots, Eggpicnic’s uniquely graphic bold birds & Lamice’s delicate bird & feather drawings, carefully curated to inform about our wonderful Australian birdlife. Continue reading FEATHERED FRIENDS – A CELEBRATION OF AUSTRALIAN BIRDS @ PLATFORM 72 GALLERY ST LEONARDS

GABBI LANCASTER’S JADE @ m2 GALLERY SURRY HILLS

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SANCTUARY

This is a solo exhibition by artist Gabbi Lancaster which  commemorate the Moreton Bay fig trees of Sydney. Jade is an expression of the artist’s love and respect for nature, highlighting the magnificence, beauty and vulnerability of trees and the birds that rely on them.

The collection captures the detail and majesty of the Moreton Bay Fig trees of Anzac Parade and Randwick. The unnecessary destruction of these significant trees, by the NSW government, has compelled the artist to spend many hours under their canopies, leading to the creation of these works. Continue reading GABBI LANCASTER’S JADE @ m2 GALLERY SURRY HILLS

MONUMENTALISM CURATED BY ANTHONY BAUTOVICH @ KUDOS GALLERY PADDINGTON

Our collective memory is shaped by the ideology of the day. The politics of memory enables a regime to record its version of the past. History is conditioned by this shared remembrance.

The decaying monuments from Tito’s Yugoslavia form the backdrop for ‘Monumentalism’ – an exhibition curated by Anthony Bautovich at Kudos Gallery in Sydney opening on Tuesday the 8th of November 2016.

Currently undertaking his Masters of Curating at the University of New South Wales Art and Design (UNSWA&D) Anthony has been awarded the 2016 Kudos Gallery Early Career Curator Award. The son of migrants from the former Yugoslavia, the curator’s interest in art from Eastern Europe was the catalyst for ‘Monumentalism’. The exhibition will bring together International and Australian artists to respond to the emotional, political and social impact of the failings of the single party state.

The exhibiting artists are Croatian multimedia artist Igor Grubić (film), Dutch photographer Jan Kempenaers, Sydney artists Tim Bruniges (sound), Biljana Jancić (installation), Kuba Dorabialski (video), Kusum Normoyle (video and performance) and Vienna based artist Marko Lulić (video).

The images featured in Jan Kempenaers’ 2010 book release, ‘Spomenik’, – a Croatian word meaning monument – created an Internet frenzy. The alien like modernist structures in ‘Spomenik’ captured the curiosity of the West. Memorials from the past, these abstract monuments were commissioned by President Josip Broz Tito to convey a sense of confidence and strength in the new Socialist Republic. Designed and built in the ‘60s and ‘70s by leading architects and sculptors from Yugoslavia including Vojin Bakić and Bogdan Bogdanović, these landmarks of modernism are located at sites of battles and concentration camps commemorating the victims of fascism in WW11.

The aesthetic beauty of these brutalist memorials challenges their innate and commemorative intention. Devoid of signs of ideologies, war heroes or religions, these abstract forms were symbols of a modern and unified future. Established as recreational areas to visit and cultivate a sense of national and cultural togetherness, these remote and isolated memorials now lay idle.

As the Balkans War took hold in the early ‘90s and Yugoslavia fell apart, the monuments became touchstones for the inherent hatreds from the past. Many of the monuments have been destroyed and even today the remaining memorials are being dismantled for their raw materials. The authorities turn a blind eye. From triumph to tragedy, these abandoned and decaying forms are a reflection of a broken and disbanded state. The original intention for the creation of the monuments has resulted in their demise. Politics created the monuments and politics has destroyed them.

For a detailed synopsis and press images of the exhibition or further information on the exhibiting artists please contact Anthony Bautovich at homeat735@gmail.com

EXHIBITON DETAILS:
Where: Kudos Gallery, 6 Napier St, Paddington 2021. (02) 9326 0034
When: Opening 5-7pm on Tuesday the 8th of November.
Live performance on opening night by Kusum Normoyle at 6pm.

The exhibition runs from the 9th to the 19th of November. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday 11am – 6pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm.

Curator Tour of the exhibition on Saturday the 12th of November from 2-3pm.

DATES
Opening Tuesday 8th of November 5-7pm

For more about monumentalism, visit http://www.anthonybautovich.com/curatingwriting/
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VERNISSAGE!! THIS WEDNESDAY @ CONNY DIETZSCHOLD GALLERY DARLINGHURST

Sally Gabori, Blue Fish

VERNISSAGE!! This Wednesday 5th October 2016, from 6pm till 8pm.@ Conny Dietzschold Gallery, 99 Crown Street, Darlinghurst.

Sydney artist Ann Thomson and collector Philip Harding will open the exhibition of paintings by SALLY GABORIIAN BETTINSON, DAVID RANKIN and DJIRRIRRA WUNUNGMURRA (YUKARA).

Exhibition dates are from 5th October till 29th October.

Exhibition times are Wednesdays to Fridays 11am to 5pm, and Saturdays 11am to  4 pm.

Venue is the Conny Dietzschold Gallery, 99 Crown St., Darlinghurst, Sydney.

For more about Vernissage!! Wednesday 5th October @ Conny Dietzschold Gallery – SALLY GABORI, visit http://www.connydietzscholdgallery.com

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MACHINE VERSUS MANKIND BY ANTON OLEA @ GALLERY LANE COVE

This is an exhibition of painting and mixed media works exploring the impact of technology on humanity and our imagination.

Of the exhibition artist Anton Olea says, “I want to convey how technology has become part of mankind’s day-to-day activities; so far that we have delved into dangerous waters where we risk losing our very human essence, our human touch.”

The exhibition officially opens at Gallery Lane Cove, Longueville Road, Lane Cove on Wednesday 7 September at 6 pm and runs until Saturday 1 October. Gallery hours are weekdays 10 am to 4.30 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 2.30 pm.

For more about Machine vs Mankind, visit https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/anton-olea-machine-versus-mankind

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OSCAR WILDE’S THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE

 

The Student with the Red Rose
The Student with the Red Rose

In 2010, acclaimed artist Del Kathryn Barton and renown filmmaker Brendan Fletcher had a casual conversation about working Barton’s series of Oscar Wilde inspired artworks into a short film.

Six years later, Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose, was born.

Currently showing at ACMI, the 14-minute adaption of Wilde’s tale of the same title is now open to the public.

The film took three years to produce with Barton and Fletcher working closely with award-winning post-production house, Method Studios. The team used a mix of handmade props and post-production animation techniques to meticulously craft the piece.

What they have created is an intense and beautiful rendition of Wilde’s original, featuring a chilling score by Sarah Blasko and the voices of some of Australia’s most celebrated actors including Geoffrey Rush and Mia Wasikowska. Continue reading OSCAR WILDE’S THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE

THE ‘REFUGEES’ EXHIBITION @ CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE

Casula Power House Art Centre presents a landmark exhibition Refugees bringing together more than 65 works by 22 world- renowned artists – including Yoko Ono, Ai Wei and Anish Kapoor – each of whom share a refugee background. The exhibition was opened the last July 29th and will run until September 11th 2016.

 Last Friday I attended this interesting exhibition, where the focus is on “Refugees” a combination of modern and contemporary art, are expressed through of great artists whose experiences are reflected in one of the themes that has until now been very controversial and politicised.

 Artists like Khadim Ali, Frank Auerbach, Christian Boltanski, Yosl Bergner, Judy Cassab, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Lucian Freud, Mona Hatoum, Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, Guo Jian, Anish Kapoor, Inge King, Dinh Q. Lê, Nalini Malani, Helmut Newton, Yoko Ono, Aida Tomescu, Danila Vassilieff, Ai Wei Wei, Ah Xian and Anne Zahalka. Continue reading THE ‘REFUGEES’ EXHIBITION @ CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE

AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR THE MOVING IMAGE PRESENTS THE SCORSESE EXHIBITION

-Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro on the set of TAXI DRIVER in New York City in 1976.
-Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro on the set of TAXI DRIVER in New York City in 1976.

The Martin Scorsese exhibition is in Melbourne, celebrating and showcasing the body of work of one of the world’s most renowned filmmakers.  I went to the exhibition’s opening, keen to  learn more about this great American filmmaker.

From the dark, gritty streets of New York City in Taxi Driver, to the boxing ring in Raging Bull, to the biblical surroundings in The Last Temptation of Christ, Martin Scorsese continues to wow audiences in an amazing career spanning nearly six decades.

Martin Scorsese was born in New York City in 1942 to observant Catholic Italian immigrant parents. After studying at the prestigious New York University film school, Scorsese moved to Hollywood and began making and writing short, incisive cinema.

He was part of the New Hollywood generation, also known the American New Wave that originated in the early to mid-1960s and comprised of Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and  Peter Bogdanovich. This was the generation of young filmmakers who were the first to grow up with television, be influenced by European cinemas, experience the counterculture of the early 1960s, were film school-educated, young, and energetic and ready to make their own mark on the industry.

Hollywood was slowly moving away from its traditional studio system and shifting its focus on the director and writer.

Now showing at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is the Martin Scorsese Exhibition.

I spoke to Fiona Trigg, the exhibition’s curator, on how she perceives history will judge him.

“Scorsese has made a number of films that are well accepted as masterpieces, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas. Even if he had made just those 3 films, he would still have a towering reputation ….  Over the last fifty years he has made many wonderful documentaries  … He remains an iconic director whose films always have this incredible, complex, surging, vital energy to them and he has the ability to sweep an audience away, in a way that very few other filmmakers are able to.

“Even in his mid-seventies, Scorsese shows no signs of slowing down, currently directing his new film, Silence as well as a HBO series called Vinyl.

“He’s obsessed with his work and his films. Martin is a workaholic and he loves cinema and what else is he going to do with his time? He would rather be making films than do anything else.”   

Melbourne based actor and director Josh Diaz was at the exhibition and I asked him for his take on the great man.

“Scorsese really opened up my acting in a sense of honesty and being fearless, and it’s there in all of his films, so Martin had a huge influence on me, especially when I was started out. Scorsese is one of those guys who will always be the same as a storyteller and never shy’s away from his decisions as a filmmaker and storyteller.”

With more than a hundred items on show at the exhibition, many from Scorsese’s personal archive, such as never before seen film outtakes and extracts, photos, handwritten notes, scripts, props, costumes, posters are on display, offering a close up view of his working process and creative instincts as a screenwriter, director and producer, this exhibition is well worth visiting.

The Martin Scorsese Exhibition is on display at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image at Federation Square, Melbourne until Sunday 18th September.

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Andjana Pachkova. Disintegration Anxiety. Paintings & Drawings.

 

mixed media on pastel paper
mixed media on pastel paper

New York Wall Street corporate lawyer gives up law for a new life in art.

Beautifully crafted & textured paintings & drawings.

Ukainian-Russian-American artist, Andjana Pachkova, now finds greater happiness when painting the surrounding landscape of her Sydney home and looking after her young family of boys, than practising corporate law on Wall Street.

Growing up in communist Soviet Union was tough, she says, but her parents, although poor, were well educated and ambitious for their daughter. Following Perestroika in the early 1990s, Andjana took classes at the Stroganov Moscow State University of Art & Industry.

In 1997 she won a prestigious Davis Fellowship and moved to the US to study Political Science at Dartmouth College. All the while taking visual art classes. Andjana holds a Bachelor of Law from Moscow International University, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) and a Master of Law from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). After moving to Sydney she further continued with her art studies with courses at Northbridge Visual Art School, Willoughby Art Centre and Woollahra Waverley Art School. She cites artist Tony Tozer her greatest mentor and teacher.

The artist’s personal life has been both greatly blessed and equally challenged.

I did not come to art early or directly or easily but I am here to stay because this path is deeply felt, thought-through and wished for. Besides being an artist is probably one of the few careers where having a life of experiences is a positive thing – a thing that gives you meaning and context. (from Artist Statement – full statement on Press Release).

Seeing the Australian landscape from a non-Australian perspective is not a new theme. But for this Ukrainian-Russian-American artist, this new landscape is also her greatest inspiration. Many of the works are painted around the myriad of bays and bushland around her home in Northbridge on Sydney’s leafy north shore, others of the far western plains of NSW, from Bathurst to Dubbo and then others imagined Australian landscapes and contours.

Andjana is interested in the mutual interaction between people and the landscape and how both are shaped and altered by this interconnection. She explores in her work a sense of uncertainty, perhaps anxiety, “…that how we experience our natural surroundings is changing rapidly”, she says.

In 2013 she relocated to Sydney with her husband and their three young sons. At this time she gave up Law and began her new artist life.

DATES
11-20 May 2016. Open Tue-Sat 11am – 5pm

For more about Andjana Pachkova. Disintegration Anxiety. Paintings & Drawings., visit http://www.andjanapachkova.com
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Ingo Bracke ‘Worlds of Light’ and Daniel Schumann ‘International Orange’

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Ingo Bracke is an installation artist who works with light to create large format light art projects on landscapes and monuments.

Bracke  combines technology and nature to demonstrate that gentle human intervention in nature is possible without causing irreparable damage. The photographs in Worlds of Light depict the spellbinding nocturnal art experience Bracke created in the spectacular Kiefersfelden Canyon.

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WAR – A PLAYGROUND PERSPECTIVE @ NEWINGTON ARMORY SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

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WAR – A Playground Perspective is a FREE exhibition to be displayed for the first time at Newington Armory at Sydney Olympic Park from 10am-4pm between Saturday 14 May-Sunday 14 August 2016 – weekends only.

The exhibition will provide the opportunity for some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists and audiences to seriously examine an aspect of human nature that is deeply embedded in our communal psyche – territorialism. Continue reading WAR – A PLAYGROUND PERSPECTIVE @ NEWINGTON ARMORY SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

JURASSIC WORLD : THE EXHIBITION @ MELBOURNE MUSEUM

Jurassic World Gates

In 1993, Steven Spielberg amazed audiences around the world with the epic blockbuster that was Jurassic Park based on the based selling series by Michael Crichton. It was the highest grossing film of all time up and until that point, taking in over $900 million at the box office. Its stunning visual effects, scenery and CGI dinosaurs leaping across the screen were breathtaking. A successful billion dollar franchise followed and now Jurassic World: The Exhibition, a touring exhibition show that is open at the Melbourne Museum in time for the school holidays and Melbourne is the first in the world to see it.

The theme park exhibition that took nearly 8 years in the making or 65 million as jokingly said by the Imagine Exhibitions chief executive Tom Zaller, is structured as a walk through tour of Jurassic World’s fictional dinosaur island Isla Nublar. Animatronic dinosaurs such as a Brachiosaurus and a Parasaurolophus, Pachyrhinosaurus Sr come to life, terrifying and entertaining visitors with their roars, prowling and creeping up close to audiences in the darkened room and even pushing a car over as seen in the movie. Continue reading JURASSIC WORLD : THE EXHIBITION @ MELBOURNE MUSEUM

MANIFESTO : JULIAN ROSEFELDT’S EXHIBITION @ ACMI

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Cate Blanchett as a factory worker, one of 13 different characters she ‘plays’ in the current ACMI exhibition

In the midst of a large, eerily dark gallery beneath the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s busy streets, Cate Blanchett’s face plays out on one of many projector screens dangling from the gallery ceiling at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). These images are  part of a new multi-channel video exhibition entitled MANIFESTO featuring the work of Berlin artist Julian Rosefeldt.

Rosefeldt body of work consists primarily of experimental, adventurous short films that comprise narrative structure and non-linear video installations. In his films, Julian carries viewers into surreal, theatrical realms, where the inhabitants are absorbed by the rituals of everyday life. Within these episodic arrangements, Rosefeldt uses familiar cinematic tropes and devices to engage with dislocation, alienation and social and psychological disruption. At its heart the exhibition is an exploration of the role of the artist in society. Continue reading MANIFESTO : JULIAN ROSEFELDT’S EXHIBITION @ ACMI

SHADES OF WHITE- WUXI PAINTING ON PORCELAIN

Shades Of White Exhibition

Chinese contemporary Wuxi painting drawn from a rich history of porcelain art was brought to Sydney for the first time in November 2015. Initially shown at Gallery Klei in Sydney, the exhibition had previously successfully toured Britain, Taiwan and France. A VIP viewing was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney on 30 November 2015.

Whilst the history of blue and white porcelain dates back to the Tang dynasty (AD 618-907), the current exhibition adds contemporary abstract art and colour to the historical mix.  The current technique of painting on porcelain sourced from the famed city of Jingdezhen, known as the capital of porcelain, has emerged only in the last thirty years.

The Wuxi Painting on Porcelain Exhibition, originally from the Quxi Qian Kiln at the Wuxi Hai Lin Culture Centre, featured 27 porcelain painted works by acclaimed Chinese painting and calligraphy artists including Wang Chao-Yong, Yang Yu-Qing and Gu Qin. Innovative young Chinese art entrepreneur Joseph Qian, 24, is the man who has brought this exhibition to Sydney. He is the General Manager of Wuxi Hailin Culture and Art Development Inc, committed to bringing the works of Wuxi porcelain artists to the world.

The majority of the pieces are by Wang Chao-Yong and demonstrate his breadth of skill, use of colour and design. It is hard to have a favourite. His Story of Spring includes shades of blue on the white with a touch of blossom, surrounding a female nude. The picture masks the layers of history showing the depiction of spring on porcelain. Another of his works uses the naked figure complementing the roundness of the bowl. He paints rich ripe coloured fruit in his Harvest Painting. This contrasts with his Lotus Painting which portrays two solitary slender plants reaching up and balancing the tall narrow neck piece. He readily utilises the blue lines to produce his Blue-White, a tumultuous maze-like Fantasy Painting.

The densest colour with glossy white blossoms appeared in Chen Ying’s famille rose Magpie on the plum tree. Chen Ying’s Flower Painting attracted much interest from viewers who commented on the fineness of the delicate petals on hard porcelain.

Gu Qin provided a number of pieces with blue white inscription painting. Yang Yu-Qing’s blue-white painting Strangers When We Meet shows a man in a tangle of vegetation making eye contact with a bird that appears slightly aggressive.

Also exhibiting are works by Shen Zi-Chun, Zhang Yun-Hua and Ye Jian-Xing, all top level artists. All boldly original and with distinctly individual style and each purposely selecting the porcelain shape to complement their brushwork and composition.

The combination of smooth porcelain shapes with contemporary painting and calligraphy which pays tribute to its historical past makes this exhibition a treat for art lovers. In Australia for a short time only.

http://www.galleryklei.com.au/exhibitions/shades-of-white-exhibition

The Shades of White Exhibition ran at Gallery Klei from the 17-28 November 2015.

Address: Suite 9,1 – 7 Albion Place, Sydney, NSW

A VIP viewing was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art 30 November 2015

Traffic Jam Galleries Presents Julie Hutchings,Tracy Dods, Hugh McLachlan

Tracey Dods 'Umbrella Insurance'. Acrylic on canvas. 107 X 184cm
Tracey Dods ‘Umbrella Insurance’. Acrylic on canvas. 107 X 184cm

The new exhibition at the Traffic Jam Galleries features the vibrant works of three very exciting artists.

Tracy Dod’s paintings come across as strange and eerie. She lives in the Blue Mountains and her intention with her artworks is to illuminate the human condition. Haunting, melancholic, yet filled with life, her paintings are mostly small to medium in size and whilst figurative, the person always seem to be facing away from us so we never get to properly see their faces.

Somewhat dreamlike, they all appear to be older, professional men. There is an aura of loneliness and melancholia, and a longing to return to childhood. They all seen walking along the beach/into the sea, and some have a childish element…Men seen dragging a toy cart behind him as in ‘Undue Influence’ or carrying a yellow bucket ‘Offsetting Balance‘.  The wonderful, swirling lines emphasise how windblown the men are, even, at times, drenched with rain, as in the painting, ‘Umbrella Insurance’. Continue reading Traffic Jam Galleries Presents Julie Hutchings,Tracy Dods, Hugh McLachlan

Traffic Jam Galleries Presents Works By Nicholas Daunt and Rebecca Pierce

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Inset pic- Rebecca Pierce- THE SAILOR, Featured pic- Nicholas Daunt SUBURBIA

The current colourful and exciting exhibition at the Traffic Jam Galleries features the work of Nicholas Daunt and Rebecca Pierce.

Daunt’s beautiful series of large paintings, entitled ‘Undaunted Return “ demonstrates another jump and expansion in Daunt’s work.

Born in London, he studied here at what was then known as City Art Institute, (part of UNSW). Daunt has also lived in New Zealand and America and has exhibited internationally.

Now living in the Coffs Harbour region of NSW he is represented in public collections in Australia and in private collections worldwide. Continue reading Traffic Jam Galleries Presents Works By Nicholas Daunt and Rebecca Pierce

LEGO Towers of Tomorrow @ Sydney Museum

Model builder Ashley Bogar (left) at work on the Towers of Tomorrow exhibition with exhibition designer Kieran Larkin. He is holding a replica of the Q1 Building from the Gold Coast. Pic Kate Geraghty Sydney Morning Herald
Model builder Ashley Bogar (left) at work on the Towers of Tomorrow exhibition with exhibition designer Kieran Larkin. He is holding a replica of the Q1 Building from the Gold Coast. Pic Kate Geraghty Sydney Morning Herald

Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks is a world premiere exhibition of amazing skyscrapers in Australia and Asia represented in LEGO®. It’s on now at the Museum of Sydney until 19 April 2015.

Constructed by Ryan McNaught, one of only 12 LEGO® certified professionals worldwide, the eighteen towers were engineering and architectural marvels. Some like the Shanghai Tower, they challenge how we live. Others like Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, Tokyo Skytree, Q1 and Sydney Tower become global landmarks. Odd, strange, breathtakingly beautiful, they are awe inspiring. Art and architecture are one. Continue reading LEGO Towers of Tomorrow @ Sydney Museum

Recollect : Shoes @ The Powerhouse

Shoes (pair) Womans Love Leather, Suede, Rubber, Christian Louboutin, designed in Paris, made in Italy, 1991-1996
Shoes (pair) Womans Love Leather, Suede, Rubber, Christian Louboutin, designed in Paris, made in Italy, 1991-1996


‘Shoes are like makeup for the feet’ (Edmund Castillo).

Shoe aficionados rejoice and slide, stumble, teeter, bourree, glide, tango, tap, ooze, march, or run your way to this fabulous exhibition at the Powerhouse.

The exhibition is down on Level 1, near the Wiggles exhibition, and is the first time that the Museum has used the particular area as an exhibition space.

Shoes can be disposable, comfortable or extremely uncomfortable, bespoke or mass produced. They can be works of art, more like a piece of sculpture than wearable footwear. They can also be specially made for protection (for instance, fire fighter boots) or specially made to help with medical conditions. Continue reading Recollect : Shoes @ The Powerhouse

BEATLES VISIT TURNS 50 THIS WEDNESDAY

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The Beatles with security and hotel staff behind-the-scenes at the Southern Cross Hotel, June 1964. Both photos courtesy of the Laurie Richards Photographic Collection, purchased 1991. Held as part of the Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne

This Wednesday will mark 50 years of an experience that a generation of Australians will never forget. For them, it really did feel like it happened yesterday. And they’ve been telling their kids that ever since. For two extraordinary weeks in June 1964, never before nor since, has the country ever experienced such hysteria when four young, mop-topped men from Liverpool came down under. Yeah, yeah, yeah!

Before One Direction, before Bon Jovi, before U2, before AC/DC, there were The Beatles! Their music was played on every radio station; their famous mop tops copied by young men everywhere, wall to wall Beatles coverage in all print media. In the early sixties, at the height of the cold war and at the dawn of the civil rights era, music was changing. Whilst the pop and rock and roll trends of the 1950s remained popular, a new style was quickly developing. Heavily influenced by Elvis Presley and American soul music, the beat became more important than ever as well as a whole new way of moving and expression.

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DECADENT: 1980-2000

LET'S GROOVE. Rennie Ellis. Melbourne 1980. selenium- toned- gelatin-silver print
LET’S GROOVE. Rennie Ellis. Melbourne 1980. selenium- toned- gelatin-silver print

On Saturday April 5, the Monash Gallery of the Arts opened the Rennie Ellis Show and a showcase book of Ellis’s photography, DECADENT:1980-2000 was launched.

As the captivating chronicler of social change in Australia in the last two decades of the twentieth century, this big bold, bound in gold volume brilliantly illustrates how Ellis came face to face with the see and be seen syndrome; the excesses of hedonism and indulgences of wealth.

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THE STRICTLY BALLROOM STORY

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Fans of the classic Australian movie and those fascinated by costume design, fashion and theatre will love this exhibition.

It is 30 years since the movie started the world dancing .The Strictly Ballroom story began as a short play developed by NIDA students ( with Baz Lurhman himself in it) . The movie has gone on to win 8 AFI and 3 BAFTAS and has become one of Australia’s most successful films ever grossing over 80 million dollars at the box office!  Its soundtrack  includes popular songs Cindy Lauper’s ‘ Time After Time’ and John Paul Young’s ‘ Love Is In The Air ‘.

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DREAMWORKS ANIMATION

How To Train Your Dragon (2010), artist Pierre-Olivier Vincent (c) Dreamworks Animation. All rights reserved. Pic Andrew Morley
How To Train Your Dragon (2010), artist Pierre-Olivier Vincent (c) Dreamworks Animation. All rights reserved. Pic Andrew Morley

What does a grumpy ogre, a smart talking bee and a kung fu panda have in common? An exhibition. This week, as part of its 2014 Winter Masterpieces series, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square will open its largest exhibit, DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition — Journey From Sketch to Screen.

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MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES COSTUME EXHIBITION AT PARRAMATTA

Costume Designer Marion  Boyce celebrating at the opening of her exhibiition at the Old Government House, Parramatta
AACTA Award winning costume designer Marion Boyce in great spirits at the opening of her exhibition at Old Government House, Parramatta. Pic John Gollings

From a very early age, Marion Boyce discovered her love of clothes and fabrics.  She says, “I used to drive my mother nuts,  and at about age eleven I’d say, I want a full length denim coat, and she’d come home with one and I’d say, No, it’s the wrong cut”. After that, Marion was given a budget to buy her own clothes.

The talent for costume making could well be in Marion’s genes as her great grandmother was a master lace maker in Italy. Marion went on to study fashion design at RMIT college in Melbourne and began presenting fashion parades in nightclubs.  A producer/director saw her show and asked her to do a film, which is how it all began.

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