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Artcrush: Elle Wills Saturday, 29 August 2015

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I have been a huge fan of Elle Wills for some time now – this girl has some seriously crazy talent and she nails absolutely everything she puts her mind – and pen – to. Her photograph-like drawings are precise, whimsical and incredibly detail-oriented, and looking at them gives me a feeling of glorious inadequacy and leaves me wishing I had just a tenth of that incredible talent! Elle has the ability to use not only beautiful bright colours but also just simple black and white pencil to create incredibly captivating pieces of artwork.

Her latest ventures include a couple of circular pieces which I particularly fancy due to their calming simplicity – one depicts a crashing blue wave and the other is a more abstract work with varying shades of purple. Both have beautiful variety in colour and show off Elle’s fantastic ability in tonal variation using oil paint. Not just limited to paint, Elle’s shading is also crazily good in her Chanel watch and quilted bag pieces, yet again giving the viewer the impression that they’re viewing a high-quality photograph and not just a pencil drawing.

If you haven’t checked out her Instagram or online store yet, this is definitely one girl that you don’t want to miss!

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Start Up Thursday, 27 August 2015

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Evan Desmond Yee is the 24-year-old multimedia artist behind “Start-Up,” a show at Gallery 151 in Chelsea, NYC. When you walk into the exhibit, you immediately feel like you’ve entered an Apple store, with art displayed as products on milky-white displays.

The products range from things like the #NoFilter, a pair of metal glasses styled after Ray Bans; the Kaleidogram Pendant, a wearable kaleidoscope tube for your phone camera; and the iFlip, an iphone case made into an hourglass in which the sand is actually crushed up iphone e-waste.

Evan’s second room of the exhibit “is more pessimistic” and moves away from the Apple Store-look. It has several pieces with a physically monolithic presence and placement but aesthetically remind one of the ephemeral nature of contemporary consumer technology.

The piece titled “Hello” stands as the tallest sculpture. It’s a square aluminum column based in crude-cut rock and omits the sound of a therapy session in Siri’s voice as you walk toward it. “How many times have you pleasured yourself today?” she asks.

“I wanted the second space to feel timeless,” Evan says. While the show looks to the future, Start Up actually feels like a return to the post modern era of the 1960s and 70s with the technology available to us now.

The conversation in Start-Up is about technology and how it’s changing the human condition. The satirical nature of the show is inspired by Aldous Huxley’s Brave New Worldand  Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano, both dystopic novels. “I also had to do a ton of research on what tech is new, what trends are hot, what stupid apps are people buying. It’s also a satire on myself as the average consumer.”

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Dengue Fever Wednesday, 26 August 2015

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'Dengue Fever' is a new body of work from Yok and Sheryo plucked out of their travel journals and sketchbooks from countless adventures in South East Asia. The tropical heat has twisted their perspective resulting in these new works. Experimenting in a new island style colour palette, the feverish warm tones are complimented by the cool blue hues of the ocean. 

“When you get Dengue Fever the body heats up, you feel dizzy, your vision begins to blur and you see them colours.”

Opening September 27 (Thurs), 7pm at Rabbit Eye Movement Gallery Space - 91 Gumpendorfer Strabe, Vienna.

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Intersection Tuesday, 25 August 2015

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'Intersection' is a collaborative exhibition between John Aslanidis and Mayonaize. Aslanidis’ work explores a sensorary dimension, which exists between sound and vision, where as graffiti has been a major influence on Mayonaize’s eclectic oeuvre. The contrasting approaches result in unique images that merge to become a fusion of sonic vibrations and calligraphic improvised text derived from graffiti.

Opening September 28th 6-9pm at Juddy Roller - 226A Johnston Street, (cnr Johnston and Chapel Street) Fitzroy.

INTERSECTION by JOHN ASLANIDIS & MAYONAIZE from Round 3 Creative on Vimeo.

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Everfresh Open Studio Monday, 24 August 2015

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Last year Everfresh Studio had their first ever Open Studio. It was a huge success with over 1500 attending people throughout the day, so they decided to do it again. Go check it out on Saturday, September 12th between 12-5pm.  You can meet the artists, buy something unique or just take a few photos. Everfresh Studio - 1-5 Perry St, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

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Dismaland Friday, 21 August 2015

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News of Banksy's 'Dismaland' has taken over social media. Everyone seems to be posting about it and there is an obvious reason why! Aside from it being an amazing installation, and event that most, if not all art enthusiasts will want to see, it touches on a lot of the political problems the world as a whole are facing. It brings to light many things that people would like to leave in the dark. Check out the clip from Channel 4 below along with some of the pics from juxtapoz.

The park features 3 main art galleries, with a bunch of great artists including Jeff Gillette, Zaria Forman, Josh Keyes, Scott Hove, Paco Pomet, ESPO, Bast, Paul Insect, Jenny Holzer, Damien Hirst, Escif, James Joyce, Dietrich Wegner, Ben Long, Kate MacDowell, Jessica Harrisson, Polly Morgan, LUSH, Ronit Baranga, Ed Hall and many more... 

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A Curvy Conference Wednesday, 19 August 2015

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Curvy is celebrated internationally as an institution for the empowerment and promotion of the most inspiring female leaders of the world’s creative industries. This September, aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park, The Living Mall and Curvy are collaborating to bring you Australia’s first Curvy Creative Women’s Conference and Curvy Exhibition.  

The two-day conference runs across September 4 and 5, and comprises invigorating panel discussions led by Kate Hurst, Director of Hurst & Co, and featuring such creative female powerhouses as Naomi Shepherd (Facebook & Instagram Australia), Katie Rigg-Smith (CEO of Mindshare), Jess Scully (Founding Director and Curator of Vivid Sydney), Elle Glass (Managing Editor of RUSSH Magazine) and many more. 

The panelists will discuss the topics ‘The Future of Creativity and Content’ (4 September) and ‘The Art of Making It’ (5 September). 

The Curvy Exhibition launches on Thursday 3 September at aMBUSH Gallery at Central Park from 7-10pm and is a multimedia celebration of the women whose work is shaping Australia’s contemporary art landscape. The Curvy Exhibition features the work of Gemma O’Brien, Bei Badgirl, Kaffeine, Nanami Cowdroy, Autumn Whitehurst, Nicole Tattersall, Elke Kramer, Elle Glass, Mel Stringer, Bec WinnelSylvia Ji, Yuko Shimizu, plus video installations by guest conference panelists Vanessa Zuppicich and Christie Poulos

The Curvy Exhibition continues from 3-13 September. 

Tickets to the Curvy Creative Women’s Conference are limited, so please visit www.curvy-world.com to book yours now! 

Opening Night - Thursday September 3, 7-10pm
Talks- Friday September 4 & Saturday September 5
Tickets available via Curvy-world.com

aMBUSH Gallery - Level 3, Central Park, The Living Mall, 28 Broadway, Chippendale

 

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Fallible Diagrams Monday, 17 August 2015

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'Fallible Diagrams' is the upcoming show of Melbourne Artist Simon Rankin, showing his works on paper from 18/8/2015 – 7/9/2015. Opening night is this coming Wednesday 19 August 2015 from 5.30 – 7pm at Marios Café (303 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065). Simon is a talented Melbourne graphic and multimedia artist who even happened to have been one of my mentors and teachers during my first time studying at RMIT! I highly encourage you check out the show and his website: simonrankin.com
 
 
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Empire State Building lights up Thursday, 13 August 2015

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The iconic empire state building lit up last week to raise awareness for endangered animals. Creative technology studio obscura digital helped raise awareness to animals on the brink of extinction. in collaboration with the discovery channel, the event spent the whole night illuminating 40 stories of the south façade with manta rays, blue whales, cecil the lion and many other important endangered wildlife. the colorful event named ’projecting change: the empire state building’ was produced by the oceanic preservation society, to put a spot light (literally) on the environmental problems of numerous extinct species. the projections were also accompanied by academy award nominated composer j. ralph, with music from the movie ‘racing extinction’. to help raise awareness, join the conversation on twitter, and check the website here

 

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Nuart 2015 Wednesday, 12 August 2015

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From September 3-5, 2015, the 'Nuart Festival' is an annual international street art festival established in 2001 with a focus exclusively on Street Art since 2005. The Festival is based in Stavanger on the West Coast of Norway, with talks and murals across the city. This year, Nuart is celebrating its 15th anniversary, alongside the recurrent theme of Situationism, this year’s festival will explore notions of play and the ludic tendencies within street art and urban culture. 

Nuart’s education programme - the largest street art education programme in the world - reaches out to over 2,600 children to teach them how to make their own artwork using techniques such as stencilling and wheatpasting. Devised in partnership with Den kulturelle skolesekken (a Government funded initiative for art and culture), the programme aims to inspire the next generation of street artists, thus ensuring the culture’s sustainability.

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