Category: Artists

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…

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,…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

YOLK Collective Thinking Fiesta

To celebrate the launch of our Collective Thinking e-series, we (YOLK Collective) got together some picnic rugs, balloons and a lots of dips (ie. a picnic)! Keep a look out for the six issues, each featuring a Sydney art collective. They will be published on…

I Exist, I Insist

Artist Alexander Poulet with his artwork in his exhibition I Exist, I Insist currently on at Kudos Gallery What inspires you? New experiences. Coming across new things and trying to enjoy everything that there is to be enjoyed.

I ‚ô° Sydney Festival

This years Sydney Festival First Night transformed the city into an incredible melting pot of arts, culture, experiments and crowds (lots and lots of them)! The annual festival opening really became somewhat of a phenomenon this year being busier than I can ever remember or…

? by Charles Saatchi

Reading Saatchi’s collection of answers to questions posed by journalists, critics, fans and general members of the public reminded me a lot of eating blue veined cheese – biting, sharp, witty and often surprising (for both good and unpleasant reasons). The questions posed reflected a…

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Recorders

¬†A Review in Rhyme The MCA this summer, reopens some of their doors, to an exhibition that could not be better – or funner for that matter – than Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. With lightglobes that pulse to your heart beat; and a seismoscope which draws to…

The OUTPOST Project

The OUTPOST Project¬†is a collaboration between the curators of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, aMBUSH gallery and over 150 artists to transform Cockatoo Island into a display of global street art culture. Amidst the industrial remains of previous prison/shipyard/reformatory buildings and machinery are installations, pastemodernism,…

Joshua Sofaer

Joshua Sofaer is an artist based in the UK, particularly acting as a curator, producer and director of many large scale projects and events which explore the ideas of collaboration, public participation, and that of the artist as a leader and leadership as change. Sofaer…

Primavera 2011

As the MCA is currently under some very exciting renovations its annual¬†Primavera¬†exhibition, which showcases young Australian artists, went offsite this year. Scattered around the Rocks precinct, the exhibition featured some highly intriguing works including videos, installations, illustrations and posters. However¬†with works placed in obscure places…

Jen Bern

Fill in the blanks:¬†My name is¬†(Jennifer Bernstein), and I am an¬†(artist)¬†from¬†(Toronto, Canada). The first thing I think about in the morning is (usually yoga and meditation and starting the day off on a good note)¬†and the last thing I think about before I fall asleep…

Craig Ilott

Craig Ilott is the director and co creator (with iOTA) of¬†Smoke & Mirrors, the acrobatic/musical/theatrical experience which recently featured at the Sydney Festival and is now showing in Melbourne before heading to New Zealand. He has received the Green Room Award for Best Director (2007…

Sydney Festival: First Night

Sydney Festival is an annual celebration of the arts in Sydney and is the largest arts event in Australia, including theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film and artistic performances spanning for about three weeks. The festival’s¬†First Night, being our largest art festival opening,¬†kick starts the…