Category: Art

Art Destination: Naoshima Island

Barely a speck on the map of Japan, Naoshima is an island town in the Seto Inland Sea.¬† Quite the opposite of the vibrancy, speed and crowds of Japan’s more well-known cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, Naoshima is a quiet, somewhat remote destination. It’s…

REVIEW ~ Adman: Warhol before pop at AGNSW

Young, playful, dapper Warhol. Worldly, fashionable, commercial adman. In the 1950s, Andy Warhol‚Äôs formative years as a commercial illustrator resulted in a plethora of chic, witty and elegant illustrations, advertisements, fragrance displays and magazine covers. Adman: Warhol before pop at the Art Gallery of NSW…

Feature Artist #8: Eloise Maree Crossman

Eloise Maree Crossman, like her images, is both soft and sharp. Often dressed in vintage cloths, and always with rosy cheeks, Eloise herself is somewhat of a dreamy figure of an era past yet our conversations are always filled with blatantly honest criticism and punctuated…

Vanvlogs: the ART edition

The past couple of weeks have been filled with art, and I filmed the best parts to share with you!¬†If you haven’t yet checked out my Youtube channel, you can do so¬†here. And remember to¬†subscribe¬†because the videos often go live there before they get shared…

September/October Feature Artist: Kate Banazi

Kate Banazi’s¬†compositions¬†are oftentimes energetic: forms twisting; waves bending like audio signals; circles that look like they’ve been ricocheted around¬†the picture plane. Perhaps this energy comes from Kate herself, who is infectiously humorous and most¬†commonly found with a big smile on her face. I spoke¬†with¬†Kate in…

July/August Feature Artists: 110%

Aggressively optimistic, ¬†110%¬†is at your service. Consisting of three members – Kieran Bryant,¬†Beth Dillon and Lachlan Herd – the interdisciplinary¬†collective creates performative, sculptural and installation artworks that respond to the¬†triumphs and challenges of being a 21st century artist. In anticipation of their upcoming work¬†Holiday Feelings,…

This Podcast Life

In the manner that most people keep up with television shows, I keep up with podcasts. How I Got Into Podcasts At the end of 2013, deeply starved for¬†entertainment, I clicked on the ‘Podcast’ app that comes pre-installed on all iPhones with the expectation that…

Foraging with Bee Bowen

A few months ago, I interviewed the textile artist¬†Bee Bowen¬†about her practice and, in particular, her use of natural dyes (including¬†vegetables, leaves and beetles).¬†The foraging process is key to Bee’s work; the flora that she finds in surrounding areas often dictate the works that she…

MBFWA 2015

Last week, I photographed a few things at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia for POPSUGAR. These are a few of my favourite shots! You can see more here, here and here.           

December/January Feature Artist: Marty Cordoba

Layers of pastel pinks, gummy yellows, liquorice black and gleaming white make up Marty Cordoba’s most recent work¬†Skin and Strata.¬†The¬†sculptures appear as gooey mounds from afar but are in fact compressed structures¬†of confectionary and toothpaste, pressured¬†together like metamorphic rocks. The sculptures alert your senses; some…

October/November Feature Artist: Melinda Young

Sometimes cheeky, always thoughtful; the works of contemporary jewellery artist¬†Melinda Young¬†are a reflection of a lifelong affinity with creating. An organic extension of her approach to life at large, Melinda‚Äôs works consist of a balance between theoretical research and contemplation with bursts of wicked humour.…

Exhibition Review: The SCAR Project

“It’s not always pink ribbons and charity runs. Breast¬†cancer is often glamourised and commercialised.” – Vanessa T (October 15, 1981- February 23, 2014) Upon viewing the first photograph of David Jay’s¬†The SCAR Project, a portrait of a young girl named Leah P standing aside¬†a large…

September Feature Artist: Bee Bowen

Silk and wool are¬†Bee Bowen‘s blank canvas, flowers and leaves¬†her palette.¬†Whilst having learnt various dyeing¬†techniques¬†in India and Japan, it is Bee’s use of local, Australian flora that create the distinctive patterns and colours of her textiles. The leaves and flowers picked by Bee leave detailed…

August Feature Artist: Su-An Ng

Su-An Ng‚Äôs films are powerful in their refined style. But extensive ¬†sketches, research, planning, and hands-on experimentation are all part of¬†her artistic¬†process. Working with a combination of animation techniques including digital, hand drawn, stop motion and 3D animation, Su-An‚Äôs films have a tactile characteristic that…

In the Studio with Kaylene Milner

A little while ago¬†Lucinda¬†and I visited designer¬†Kaylene Milner¬†at her studio, for a feature published in¬†Curium¬†magazine.¬†It was a treat to get a behind the scenes look at Kaylene’s design process – definitely one to watch! These photos didn’t make it into the magazine, so I thought…

July Feature Artist: Kieran Butler

Kieran Butler is an artist and fellow COFA honours student. Working within the field of¬†post-photography, Kieran is currently investigating¬†notions of vision by exploring the perception of¬†colour.¬†¬†Sculpture, installation, and video are also used in Kieran’s practice to create works that question the nature of the photographic…

Artwrite Issue 53

This semester I took a course about Writing for Art and Design, which culminated in the publishing of an issue of¬†Artwrite.¬†Artwrite¬†is a magazine that has been produced by COFA students since 1992, and focuses on the exploration, discussion and critique of art. I had the…

Lovebug

Remember when we shot this? So excited to see the final result in Issue 6 of Haunt Mag, Rebel Without A Cause! Check out the issue here.

Inside McLeod’s Antiques

Anyone heading into the Sydney city from the east or vice versa will pass McLeod’s Antiques. At the corner of South Dowling street, the shop of curiosities sits at a main intersection – thousands of people must see its window displays filled with elaborate vases…

14/4/2013

On my way wandering through the city executing a Situationist¬†D√©rive. It is a practice involving drifting through the streets, lanes, staircases, and whatever other locations you may end up in (including the casino, the fish markets, and private suburbs) until all forms of preoccupations melt…

An Afternoon with Lucinda

¬† Let me introduce you to my dear friend, Lucinda. A graphic designer by day, a fashion devotee by night – I first met Lucinda when we were both contributing to¬†On the Streets of Sydney, and since then have come to appreciate her also as…

REVIEW: We Used to Talk About Love (AGNSW)

Pages from the exhibition catalogue It can be beautiful, it can be nonsensical, trivial, or moving. Isolating, warming, haunting, truthful.¬†Like love itself, the new photomedia exhibition at the AGNSW, We Used to Talk About Love, is a journey through the intimate (and often confusing) experiences…