art & fashion

chromatic sensations

Italian painter and installation artist Alberonero has created an artwork titled ‘86+73’, that visually transforms a large white architectural space as a part of Sicily’s Periferica Festival. Located in Mazara del Vallo, in the southernmost part of Sicily, Italy, Alberonero’s two-dimensional work layers multicolored squares that progress across multiple levels of space; along walls, up roofs and across floors. ‘86+73’...

harmonious balance – Yan Huang

Recently at VIVID I discovered Yan Huang whom is an Australian sculptor, lighting and furniture designer of bespoke and mixed media objects that are beautiful, highly functional and collectable. Yan is the driving force behind Yan design studio; the studio philosophy of ‘less is more, form and functions are one’ ensures a harmonious balance between concepts, aesthetics and engineering. Yan’s one-off...

MELBOURNE ART FAIR 2018

Melbourne Art Fair returns next week from 2-5 August 2018 as the anchor event of Melbourne Art Week, and will take place across two venues within the Southbank Arts Precinct; Vault Hall and Riding Hall alongside ACCA and The University of Melbourne Southbank campus. Melbourne Art Fair exhibition sectors present 40 new and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the region exhibiting a diverse range of artists...

capturing the ironies

Barcelona-based artist and photographer Octavi Serra’s work is centered around capturing the ironies, truisms, and frustrations of modern life. Optical illusions and waste products are presented in public spaces and then photographed as part of an engaging philosophical series. The Spanish artist’s work is a sign of the times, and a reaction to the dissatisfaction with the current social landscape. Serra builds conceptual...

Spring-Summer 2019 Dior Homme

The Spring-Summer 2019 Dior Homme show by Kim Jones was held within one of the barracks of the Republican Guard. In a special commission, the artist KAWS has created the centerpiece of the show deco using his signature character BFF covered entirely in roses, as an avatar of Christian Dior himself, clutching a replica of the Bobby perfume bottle. In his autobiography, Christian Dior reasoned that...

hyper-realism

I am yet to stand in front of one of German artist Mike Dargas’ mind blowing paintings, but I do follow him on Instagram which is not the way to view the immensity of the canvas, in some cases reaching two meters in height! Painted with extraordinary precision and detail Dargas is a master in hyper-realism, paintings and portraits of extremely high resolution in dreamlike setups...

Australian Photography in PARIS

The Australian Embassy in Paris is exhibiting an incredible lineup of Contemporary Australian Photography. WALL POWER  features the work of twenty-two leading Australian photographers such as Bill Henson, Brook Andrew, Christian Thompson, Luke Shadbolt and Tracey Moffatt. The exhibition covers a broad spectrum of practical and conceptual approaches to photography, all casting light on the Australian national identity, rich in complexities...

MoMA @ the NGV

Last Friday I was invited to a media exclusive, to tour the National Gallery of Victoria's major exhibition of modern and contemporary masterworks from New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art and it was awe inspiring to be up-close and personal with so many iconic art innovators. Co-organised by the NGV and MoMA,...

The Cloud Maker

Using only smoke and water, Dutch artist Berndaut Smilde creates clouds with a lifespan of approximately 10 seconds: just enough time to capture these ephemeral artworks through the lens of a camera. In the ever-expanding series ‘Nimbus’, Smilde photographs his cloud-like apparitions in locations various around the world — from coal mines to co-working spaces and cathedrals. Smilde explained “I see...

Valley of Secret Values

Among the most authentic contemporary street art renegades, Thrashbird uses both humor and subversion to dramatize significant issues that plague our society: obsessional interest in celebrity, our own self-image and over-reliance on technology. While Thrashbird’s own identity remains incognito, his art tackles universal themes that we can all relate to and see ourselves perpetuating whether we want to admit it or not. Thrashbird’s...