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French artist Vivi Mac creates incredibly accurate portraits of famous figures called “ephemeral art”, using virtually ANY kind of food In her series,
Using materials like sauces, milk, rum, sugar, and even chewing gum, she makes these choices by relating her subject’s name to food-related puns. For example, her portrait of Ice Cube uses crushed ice cubes, while her Bruce Lee portrait in milk is titled ‘Bruce Lait’ (“lait” is French for milk).
Don’t cry over spilled milk!
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Primavera, an annual exhibition for young Australian artists aged 35 years or under. In memory of their daughter and sister Belinda, a talented jeweller who died at her 29, Dr. Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM initiated the exhibition in 1992. Primavera on one hand commemorates Belinda Jackson and on the other hand celebrates the creative achievements of talented young artists who are in the early stages of their careers. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) unveils visionary pieces by the eight selected artists for the 22nd edition of Primavera during 12 September–17 November 2013 this year.
Curated by Robert Cook, the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Photography and Design at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the exhibition proudly features works by eight different young artists. Each of them has distinctive styles which will definitely make a wow-combination together. ‘To work with some of the most inspiring artists in the country, each on the cusp of becoming majorly recognised, is a dream. The sheer intensity of their material and conceptual practices takes my breath away. As a curator, it’s been a thrill ride. I reckon MCA visitors will be as impressed as me by the ambition and scale of the works,’ said Robert.
Of course, Primavera won’t be that successful if it has just one uniform theme. Instead, there are several themes including a moving investigation of romantic and family relationships, the creation of portals into fictional realms, a look at the role of language in the shaping of (and the breaking down of) the self and the ways sound shapes our physical and emotional worlds. All these are keen elements elements of life and attract you to have a glimpse of the young secret in the exhibition. These ideas are presented across multiple media like painting, wall painting, sculpture, photography, installation, ceramics, digital media, sound and performance. Afraid of getting bored? – No way.
Central to Primavera 2013, just at the North Gallery at Level 1 of the MCA, there is a series of direct responses to the exhibition space – Thomas Jeppe’s Vista Verticals (2013).
It is a series of paintings that replicate the dimensions of the Level 2 lookout above the gallery’s entrance. Tudor Minimal (2013), his enormous wall installation transforms one of the walls into a 17-metre architectural front. Not only about the wall, right in the corner of the gallery, a domestic interior painting by Jess Johnson frames detailed pen drawings. A geometric carpet finishes off the work, converting it into a high-key cavity to another world. More to look into… Juz Kitson transforms another corner into a huge ceramic installation. Her exquisite porcelain pieces are so impressive, gathering mutant life forms which emerge from the wall and the ceiling of the gallery.
The eight photographs engaged with the floor and the wall of the gallery by Jacqueline Ball are tunnels connecting different realities.
A series of video works by Kusum Normoyle captures the artist screaming in public spaces.
In addition to these ‘purpose built’ gallery interventions are a further three equally arresting bodies of work: Brendan Huntley stages a face-off between 15 quirky sculptural heads presented on tables and 15 head paintings hung on the wall.
Jackson Eaton’s Better Half (2007–13) is a romantic series of photos documenting the relationship the artist and a young Korean woman.
Heath Franco presents three video works, TELEVISIONS (2013), YOUR DOOR (2011) and DREAM HOME (2012). Each one features a performance by Franco in a variety of costumes and backed by an array of bizarre special effects.
It’s time to refresh your mind with all these impressive artworks by the eight selected young artists!
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Work in Progress is an international street art exhibition featuring seven international and seven local artists. A vacant office space in Quarry Bay together with the building’s exterior and loading car park has been transformed with street art. It is the largest international street art exhibition in Hong Kong to date. Works include brilliant murals, sculptures and mixed media installations, and they will be revealed over the 2-month period at TaiKoo Place.
The exhibition is organised in collaboration with Above Second Gallery, Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (HKYAF), Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Swire Properties. There will also be workshops and classes for students, teachers, art and design professionals as well as the community at large to learn more about street art.
Work in Progress comes as a refreshing change to Hong Kong’s art scene, which one could rightfully argue to be starved of street-art. Our city is definitely on its way to becoming an international art hub, but there is so little of it to be seen outside the gallery nesting along Hollywood Road.
On my way to see the artwork, I couldn’t help but notice the strangeness of the venue. I walked through TaiKoo Place, surrounded by the sound of high heels clanking on the polished marble floor and the sight of smartly dressed office workers – somehow not the environment in which to be expecting street art. I couldn’t help but think, or rather, obsess about whether the choice of location was accidental or intentional for there is so much to be said about the juxtaposition of street art, a form of expression that portrays freedom, and offices, a confined space that may convey restriction.
The artworks itself were very impressive. Street art is captivating for its incredible detail and for its rawness. Galleries and museums are often restricting – the artwork is treated like it is fragile and viewers are made to tiptoe around masterpieces protected in glass boxes. Street art, on the other hand, has the charm of closeness; one can admire the details up close and then walk away to digest the whole picture.
Having a diverse range of international and local artists collaborate for this exhibition brought about an element of realism to the show. At every turn, one sees something drastically different, new and unexpected, which helped strengthen the ambience of street art. Besides the space, the artworks don’t share much in common in terms of underlying theme or technique.
I did wonder, is it street art if it is not technically on the street? It’s a seasoned topic of debate, but perhaps not worth arguing over too much in this case. To be fair, the exhibition begins on the car park level so it is street art in its true essence. In any case, I concluded it doesn’t matter whether the murals are indoors or outdoors. What matters most is that this exhibition marks a big step towards broadening the local art scene.
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Water scarcity is an ugly issue to tackle, yet somehow artists like Peter Hoffman understands the trick to get a message through without losing an essence of artistry, where the work presented is partially art, yet speaks the truth of our current state.
With Fox River Derivatives, a series that literally comments on consumption and clean water scarcity, we happened to believe that it might be more than it. The spray-coated negatives resemble the intoxication of society, how humans push their boundaries until something tragic happens, like what we have done to the environment.
In this case, a trial and error process created a work that “teeter on the edge of radioactive and ethereal’ – meaning that it is overall amazing, yet the simple equation of our reliant to luck made us also neglect our responsibilities. Perhaps beauty has a hefty price.
Raf Simons‘ youth culture-inspired and notable elegant tailoring, one of the most biggest designers in the fashion world today. A man who’s passion for music, art and all things modern transcends into all his creations. Most recently appointed Artistic Director of Dior in 2012, marking a massive milestone in his life, this stunning photographic book compiles his journey so far, delving into Raf Simons’ very own menswear label, his work for Jill sanders and his recent position with Dior, all wrapped up neatly with an exclusive interview with the man himself.
Then, glamour meets grunge in the dark, the dramatic world of Rick Owen, instantly recognizable from his mish-mashing with goth and grunge, creating the beloved “glunge”; with popularity of his draped, dark aesthetics continuing to grow. His creativity knows no bounds, lending his hand to furniture, jewelry and super luxe furs, and as well as churning out 4 collections a year, Rick Owens designs Lilies, a diffusion line that shows off a more playful side to his signature style. i-D dives into his all-encompassing world with this photo series.
Available from July 15, 2013