Exhibitions

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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