art & fashion

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...

Treemapping the old masters

Dimitris Ladopoulos is an Art Director & Visual Designer whom studied product design engineering and soon discovered his passion for game visuals, graphic design, motion-graphics and cinematography. He has always been inspired by both the arts and technology, so he wanted to experiment with a contemporary view of old masters’ paintings. Inspired by information visualisation methods called ‘Treemapping’, Dimitris created an...

Blow Out

During the art and design fair Zona Maco, high-end glass Mexican manufacturer Nouvel Limited showcased a collaboration with designers Héctor Esrawe and Emiliano Godoy Brian Thoreen. This is the first occasion where the three designers co-created a collection of objects. Throughout several months the designers worked hand in hand with the design team and the artisans at...

Infra Realism

In ‘Infra Realism’, Melbourne-based photographer Kate Ballis reimagines the iconic Palm Springs landscape, producing hyper-saturated images that exude other worldliness. Having already photographed the modernist architecture, vintage cars and immaculate landscaping universally associated with Palm Springs, Kate wanted to show the city in a different light — specifically, an infrared one. Using various infrared...

abandoned home

Having grown up amidst conflict, Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti draws from memory when creating her work. Her series ‘Home’, portrays the effect of war on the places once defined as home. All the abandoned houses depicted are in her work, once belonged to people who emigrated due to political and social reasons. Absent of identity, the...

above the Adriatic sea

Italian artist Olivio Barbieri, who is known for his breathtaking aerial photography – captured holiday makers on the Adriatic coastline from above, shooting in a helicopter. The small dancing bodies appear in a range of formation in the glistening blue sea, the color of which was enhanced to match the memory of summer days at the beach. Having meticulously staged the...

editing the past

Investing her interest in memory and its mechanisms into her work, Polish artist Weronika Gesicka modifies American stock photography from the 1950s and ’60s, questioning and altering the reality of each captured moment. The series has been entitled ‘Traces’, to highlight the significance of the photograph as a trace of the past whether that trace is fact or fiction is left...