art & fashion

FALLS THE SHADOW: FROM IDEA TO REALITY, THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA

Apart from a couple of general books on the National Gallery of Australia and its collections, until now there has been no book published about this remarkable building. Yet, it is arguably the most fascinating and certainly the most contentious building in Australia. Featuring eleven essays by a range of voices from the Australian architecture community, from Daryl Jackson to Richard Goodwin and from Angelo...

Humberto Campana and Fernando Campana

The Campana Brothers Humberto Campana and Fernando Campana are noted Brazilian designers. In 1983, the two brothers teamed up to develop furniture made by ordinary materials including waste products such as cardboard, rope, fabric and wood scraps, plastic tubes & aluminum wire. The originality of their artistic work caused controversy and brought massive critical attention. By the early 90's they had already gained considerable international...

Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos has nothing to feel blue about

Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos has been busy painting environmentally safe paint to the trunks and limbs of trees in urban areas to help raise awareness of the nearly 32 million acres of forests lost each year around the world.The fact that blue is a colour that is not naturally identified with trees suggests to the viewer that something unusual, something out of the ordinary has...

Cloth by Julie Paterson…. Remixed the new collection

I have always admired Julie Paterson's work her lamps, fabrics, ceramics, bed linen, wallpaper and art, but for me I really love her rugs. Julie has taken four of her best rug designs and overlaid them with four of her key fabric designs, playing about with composition and colour to create this new range. Remixed, a new collection of eight rugs that respectfully riffs on the popular...

Concrete Love for Lace

Concrete Lace, designed by East German Doreen Westphal is made from ultra high performance concrete and suspension materials like ribbon and 1mm steal cable. During the manufacturing process the suspensions are cast inside the lace-shaped concrete tiles allowing the Lace work to be suspended as a wall hanging or room divider. Concrete Lace can be customized to any size. [caption id="attachment_2128" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Concrete Lace by...

The urban landscape of Sue Beyer

Emerging Brisbane artist Sue Beyer's work considers the facade of the ordered suburban environment and the assumption of the permanence of our way of life and our cities. Her work is concerned with the effect that spaces and suburban settings have on an individual's emotions and behavior and how people use space in a modern urban context. Sues' paintings are watchful, voyeuristic, and hint at...

Giant Bronze Babies, women of steel and social climbing brown nosing

David Cerný is a Jewish - Czech sculptor whose works can be seen in many locations in Prague. His works tend to be controversial always pushing the way we think some of his work is quite humorous and beautiful although some have called him a hooligan. I personally would love to see some of his work injected into our cityscape or office foyers. [caption id="attachment_1719" align="aligncenter"...

Patricia Piccinini compelling stories through sculpture.

When I first saw Patricia Piccinini's work a few years ago, I was instantly drawn in to the compelling stories she tells through sculpture. Her work can be somewhat confronting yet beautiful at the same time. Here are a few installations that I love.   [caption id="attachment_1455" align="aligncenter" width="501" caption="Polished silicone bronze by Patricia Piccinini"]

Belgium turns it ON a LIGHT show like NO other

The second edition of the Festival of Lights has just taken place in the town centre of Ghent a Flemish region of Belgium which commenced on 26 January and concluded on 29th . The event drew an estimated 200,000 visitors, both from Belgium and abroad. This 4 day event stretches across a long 5 kilometer walking route that is truly breathtaking. I had a difficult task...