Had brunch at Sopra at Fratelli Fresh today. On arrival at Danks Street, we randomly found DeBN giving out flyers for the Greens out the front. De gave us the spiel about Egg Labelling and we had a quick chat before heading upstairs to Sopra. I was expecting a long wait & queue but strangely there were heaps of empty tables. We had a D&M over some tasty Italian food with Confused Machines, let’s say I’m compassionate but still a bit confused.
On a brighter note, we checked out the galleries on Danks Street, I really need to go there more often… there’s culture right on my doorstep! I particularly liked the exhibition at Depot II called Thread Paper Fibre Clay.
Thread Paper Fibre Clay showcases new and favourite artworks by Meredith Woolnough, Lisa Rodden, Rae Woolnough and Christine MacKinnon, at the Depot II Gallery, Waterloo, from 26th June – 7th July 2012. Exquisite, intricate and powerful, this is a collection of truly unique interpretations of nature. Through the supremely tactile and textured mediums that give this event its name, these artists explore the relationships between land, sea, human connection and imagination. From the serene to the sublime, you will be drawn by desire to examine and explore each piece in every detail.
There was an artist meet & greet happening while we were there, so it was nice to (have a free drink) meet the artists and ask some questions about their work. I really liked Lisa Rodden’s paper artworks – wish it was in my budget to purchase some art from this show. I think I saw her work in Paper Runway magazine too. Meredith Woolnough, embroidery artist’s work was great too (her work is on the back wall in the photo below).
Later in the afternoon we headed over to the refurbished Forrester’s Hotel. We used to go there all the time when we lived on Riley Street. There has been an interesting redesign of the space, it was an eccletic mix of South American/Hollywood/tiki tackiness with a touch of American diner. We enjoyed a few bar snacks before heading over to the Honka Princess’ birthday dinner at Zushi. Happy Birthday Jo, you look great for your age
Today I had lunch “in the nice food court” with my old workmate EO. She gave me some surprising news – I’m not telling you what, it’s “private”!
After work, Dave & I had some dinner at the Eat Art Truck located at Belmore Park, near Central. I had a very flavoursome Confit spatchcock ssam with crispy noodles $12 (this turned out to be extremely un-IBS friendly) and Dave had Pulled Pork in a bun with mustard cabbage with hot sauce $12. I also had a Pear & Rhubarb EAT Juice which was very nice but also dangerously un-IBS friendly.
We then walked over to Cake Pop-Up Wine Bar in Chippendale, where we met up with The Brad, Confused Machines, Adam & Ben.
FraserStudios will be closing their doors soon and the team at Cake wines will be sending the Chippo warehouse off in style with a pop-up bar. Across three weeks there will be hand picked events including FBi live broadcasts, a solo piano session from Joyride, DJ sets from the boys at Future Classic DJs as well as art installations, theatre and of course wine tastings. All four cake varieties will be pouring as well as boutique cider from the Hills and beer from 4 Pines Brewery plus delicious food from Bourke Street Bakery. it’s part of the studios’ “30 days & 30 nights” mini-festival, so go say cheerio.
It was an interesting, not too hipster gathering. There was the Jafé Jaffles van – with dishes such as the David Jafflehoff! I had a banana, with caramel & nuts number for dessert – the caramel could have been gooey-er. There was an art exhibition as well, a variety of artworks from traditional painting, installation, sculpture and video art were on display.
After that, we walked down the road a bit to Serial Space for this… blurb taken from The Thousands (so it must be cool)
Bee Mask from Philadelphia is a bit of a smarty pants. His music has been dubbed “intellect as sound sculpture” and comes from “[taking] entropy way too personally”. An appropriate co-star, then, is Pimmon, who was once deemed “second only to Fennesz as a laptop artist”. Stitched Vision washes low tides of noise-hush over synth melodies, and you’re probably familiar with the Krautrock mysteries of Secret Birds. Quietly, I’m most excited because DJing all night is HTRK’s Nigel Yang.
It had an old school experimental music night vibe to it, like the Clan Analogue or Frigid parties from back in the day. I met a few new random guys – there was Matt 2 and Matt 3 but Confused Machines was disappointed that there wasn’t a 4-matt/format/fourth matt. Ha ha.
I went to both days of Semi Permanent 2009 in early April but I never got around to blogging about it until now. Forgot my camera on the first day and forgot a pen the second day. So here goes (not that) briefly and a lot of point form.
Timba Smits from Wooden Toy Magazine.
I really liked Timba’s presentation, he was really personable and had a well prepared talk (that wasn’t too slick), he’s inspiring and insane (hand drawn type, doing a magazine that makes no money!). It was funny when he made the sign language lady sign the words: gimp gear! Other stuff he mentioned:
As a fan of all things Warhol, I Bought Andy Warhol by Richard Polsky was on my reading wishlist. Luckily I picked it up at Ariel for only $8 (a hard cover even). I know I said I wasn’t going to buy books anymore, only borrow them from the library (btw speaking of library books… oh that’s another story) but it was cheap and it wasn’t available at the library. The author is an art dealer (since the 80s) and his goal is to buy an Andy Warhol artwork (under $100,000). The book also covers how the world of art dealers and art auctions worked in the 80s and 90s. His style goes from condescending to self deprecating, sometimes he sounded like a ‘wannabe” and others times a big snob. I was interested in the many references to Andy Warhol of course, but also the Californian art scene (which I had just recently learned a lot about after watching The Cool School). He also referred to work by Joseph Cornell whose work I only discovered when I went to SF MOMA last year. Overall it was an interesting story, but his writing style kind of annoyed me.
During my “spare time” over the last two weeks, I’ve been to see a few exhibitions in Sydney. Here are some highlights:
Southern Exposure Works from the Collection of the San Diego MCA, 21 March – 1 June 2008.
Take a walk through the past four decades of contemporary art from America’s West Coast, with a new exhibition showcasing works from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
Jeremy Blake – Winchester Mystery House. I like how seeing an artwork leads me to find out about things I never knew about (random trivia?) such as the Winchester Mystery House.
Bill Viola – Eternal Return 2000 & Heaven and Earth 1992. Most of the Bill Viola stuff I have seen is very BIG & LOUD! These two works at the MCA were a bit different. One had two monitors facing each other with footage of his dying mother on one and his new born child on the other. It was a bit eerie looking at the poor old woman in such a state.
Jump by T. Kelly Mason and Diana Thater’s structuralist 16mm game involving jump-roping and a Bob Dylan song (Subterranean Homesick Blues). There were 4 different performances of the song in different styles such as folk and polka.
also at the MCA
Fiona Hall: Force Field 6 March – 1 June 2008.
This exhibition presents an in-depth survey of the work of Australian artist Fiona Hall from the 1970s to the present.
World Press Photo 08
This exhibition features the award-winning photographs from the 51st annual World Press Photo contest.
There were amazing images from war torn and poverty stricken countries as well as emotive portraits. One series I found striking was by Oliver Gulmann in the Comtemporary Issues section. It simply had photos of people watching TV, they were from varied places such as China, Morocco, USA, UK, Africa. What striked me was their expressions – zoned out, mesmerised and bored. It made me think about how mind numbing watching too much tv is!
I also liked the series by Travis Dove on images of Skatopia.
For a complete change the next exhibition I went to was Taisho Chic at AGNSW.
This exhibition explores the impact of the simultaneous clash and embrace of modernity and tradition on arts and design in Japan of the Greater Taisho period (1900–1930). 22 May – 3 August 2008. I really loved the artworks presented here, the modern meets tradition Japanese screens, prints and objects. I really liked the kimonos with modern patterns and I love art deco era hairstyles on Asian ladies.
You may have noticed my recent entries have been quite negative and critical, so I thought I’d write about some other stuff going on.
I am making my first ever zine called “Australian Rozie” (funny that)! I’ll be selling them at the MCA Zine Fair on Sunday 25 May 2008. I’ll be sharing a table with Aliza from work and Becky Jo & co. I’ve always wanted to make a zine, I used to pick them up when I was in high school and recently there has been a resurgence of zine making amongst people I know. So it’s a bit of a “perzine” – a personal zine where I’ll write about stuff I’m into and give worldly advice. Just like this blog I guess. The fun part is I get to design it myself, which is a change from work where I never get to chose my own layout, fonts or colours, there’s either a corporate style guide to follow or some art director tells me what to do. My zine will be all ME ME ME!
Who knows if anyone will buy one, I don’t even know how much to sell it for. Hope to see some of you guys at the Zine Fair – it’s part of Sydney’s Writer’s Festival too.
The older I get, the more I really think about Anzac Day and why we get a day off. Imagine if every guy you knew between the age of 18 to 50 was sent overseas to fight in a war against a far away enemy and some of them never came back. Kids today… they don’t know what it would be like. Anyway, I thank the people that gave their lives, so my family could come to Australia over 50 years ago (that’s a long story, I’ll tell you another day) and live happily ever after (sort of).
So I didn’t do much this weekend:
Baked some Anzac biscuits
Watched the Anzac Day parade on TV
Catch up with old uni mates
Yum Cha for Nadia’s B’day
Made a roast
Bill Viola: the Tristan project @ St. Saviour’s Church, Redfern
Laundry x 3 loads
Lunch with Thommy
Practiced parallel parking
Update my flickr pics
I always find creative conferences really interesting and inspiring. I don’t go to every one that comes around due to either the cost or not being able to get time off work to attend. Anyway, I managed to get a freebie to Semi Permanent 2008 from work because one of the “creatives” decided not to attend. It was actually a 2 day pass, but I could only go on the Saturday.
I’m not going to talk about the speaker’s work too much as you can just go to their sites and check it out. I’m more into blogging about my thoughts on their actual presentations on the day. Each talk went for an hour (and for some that was way too long).
Alex Trochut was the first presenter (and as it turned out – the best of the day). He started with some family history – his grandfather was a typographer too. It was so interesting to see the work of his grandfather and how it has influenced him. It was great to see the old school way to do type in the 1940s. “No undo!” as he said. Trochut then went on to show his own work (which was awesome) – really cool typography and illustration for some huge clients such as Nike, the Rolling Stones & British Airways. He demonstrated his methodologies & experiments and was very personable. I liked him a lot.
Next up Australian artist Anthony Lister (now living in NYC, as you do).
When Lister approached the stage he was dragging along a guy in a Spiderman suit with his hands cuffed. Lister then shot him with a cap gun and Spiderman spent the rest of the talk lying on the stage. After that he started his “presentation”. I say “presentation” because he pretty much had nothing prepared. He was so relaxed that it seemed like we had just woken him up and it was a hassle for him to complete a sentence. He played a slideshow of photos of him and his mates pulling cones, falling off their skateboards and throwing up. My first impressions were… this guy is a nob! At this stage a lot of people started walking out. People started shouting questions at him and he’d say “oh ok, let’s talk about that”. Eventually he did show some of his work and talk about it but overall it was a piss poor effort – people had paid good money to attend this conference. The only redeeming factor was that he gave away some of his prints by throwing them into the audience at the end. At least they would be worth something.
Superfad were next. Superfad is a brand-driven design and live action production company. One of the principals/creative directors from their Seattle office spoke. Sorry can’t remember his name, the Semipermanent site had a typo with the wrong speaker name from the company. First impressions were that he didn’t “look like a designer”. Don’t want to sound mean but he was dressed “uncool“. He was a good presenter and was quite self deprecating. Some work was very corporate (for banks etc), some “cool” clients such as PS3 & MTV. He spoke about their process, methodology and the company culture. Work in progress, stuff they pitched but didn’t go ahead as well as finished ads were shown. He spoke about a brief for a car cleaning product that was pretty much, make sure it has hip hop, cars and hot chicks. I’m sure the boys in the audience were impressed. I thought the final ad to be completely ridiculous and sexist but whatever… sex sells.
Amy Sol, a Korean born artist based in Vegas was next. Her work is very beautiful. She does fantastical artwork on wood. I really appreciate her vivid imagination & whimsical subject matter (dreamy girls and weird animals out of context). Some of Amy Sol’s paintings take up to 80 hours to complete and she often doesn’t leave home for weeks on end! She showed photos of her studio workspace and how she makes her own paint from pigments. One colour palette is called “faded fruit punch”. Amy was very sweet and articulate but after a while, it got a bit boring just seeing more and more examples of her work. She too gave away some of her prints and the audience went crazy trying to get one.
The last speaker I saw was from the Swedish digital agency North Kingdom. The speaker was very, very hot but by this time of the day, the presentation had to be extremely compelling to keep me alert. He showed how their projects came into fruition. I liked how they chose to make an actual 3D model of an island and shoot it rather than just do it digitally. Some really nice web work here, but the speaker was a bit nervous and didn’t really capture my attention. There was one more presentation after this, Pixar but I was so tired and I’ve seen Toy Story, so I went home.
So overall it was an inspiring day, that kind of makes me feel depressed but optimistic. You know what I mean?
What can I say? The Andy Warhol exhibition at GOMA was awesome. So much Andy, so little time. It was quite crowded when we arrived, but people were queuing out he door by the time we finished. Seeing so many works by my favorite artist was just fantastic. The art was well presented and covered all his genres and media. I didn’t get to sit down and watch the TV/Video stuff as you had to wait for the person before you with the individual headphones. Maybe a few more would have been good. I’ve seen some of the Andy TV stuff before but it’s always good to see it again. I really liked seeing the illustrations from his early commercial work up close. Also quite a few things I hadn’t seen before (in books) from the 70s and 80s. The photo booths where you get “Warhol-ed” were fun, but it would have been nice if you could email the image to yourself as a keepsake. The recreated Silver Cloud room was so cool, I think everyone enjoyed playing/observing the silver clouds. As always, his Time Capsules are fascinating (saw a whole lot in Melbourne a few years ago) – I liked the invitation to a “after-dinner-disco-dance” at Studio 54, hosted by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager! As you do… Anyway, I’m so happy i saw this show – it was fantastic (and thanks Dave for taking me to sunny Brisbane).