Friday, January 25, 2008
Art Express has hit NSW- everyone prepare to be amazed by the artistic talent that has just left school! These are truly professional, and the best kind of art show. Displayed from the Art Gallery of NSW to the windows of David Jones.
The above image is by Kiara Crofts and the lower one by Philipa Collins. They're a few favourites of mine; they have a certain something I like. It makes me wonder why I like certain styles and not others- whether it's entirely my past experiences in life or whether it is also related to something I was born with.
The moral of the story is go see art express.
Design TECH is on at the Powerhouse- everyone has to go see the young talent that has just left school and is about to hit the national and international design community. Unfortunately, I could only dredge up one picture, but it is perhaps the most photogenic. This is the Trio chair by Simon Del Favero from Trinity Grammar. However, I wish they could display more works! Visual Art Bodies of Work have so many display venues it's amazing- it really puts the students into the public limelight. Oh well, next year...
A new favourite artist. damn, he is so good! I am aiming to convey my enthusiasm without too many exclamation marks. oh what the hell. Amazing! Brilliant! Superduper!
His materials- big fan of making 'stuff' out of 'junk',
his visual concepts- more intriguing than anything i've ever seen,
his practice- out of this world (never thought of before).
They say that with modernism died the avante garde, the new and individual. But this guy has done things never done before. Ok, ok so that's not quite true- he uses photocollage and recycled materials and the idea of music in art, methods and ideas initiated in prior art movements, but his work is still entirely original. Go see an exhibition (currently showing at the MCA in Sydney), or, if you can't make one, buy a book on him. with lots of pictures.
These works are also interactive- sensors trigger motion in the pieces. There are noises and movements. they are such wonders of engineering that the audience must go and examine the works to figure out exactly how that tapping noise is made, or follow the wires from the battery through the switch to the dripping water. (my younger brother loved it) This may not all make sense, but it's all absolute brilliance.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I wish I could create works so full of life and emotion. Until that dream comes true, I'll be quite content admiring Alberto Giacometti's work. His pieces are hard to catagorise, a value finally becoming recognised recognised by art critics who often want to place an artist in a labelled box. It cannot be denied, however, that they convey aspects of the surrealist movement and, some say, existentialist view points (both suggested by the elongated style of most of his work).