Don’t forget to make the trek to Fed Square and warm yourself by the fire created by Vicki Couzens. The traditional ‘Leempeeyt Weeyn’ will burn continuously until June 22nd. Then there is also the stunning ‘Radiant Lines’ by London based architect Asif Khan to draw you in, and be sure to check the program for what is on and when.
‘ Leempeeyt Weeyn’ and ‘Shrine of Planets’ sculpture. Photo-Nat Sinclair
Photo-Nat Sinclair‘Radiant Lines’ by Asif Khan. Photo-Nat Sinclair
Ever walked past the City Library on Flinders Lane and wondered what it might look like inside? Have you ever been into the library, but never ventured upstairs? Well, try it sometime and you may be surprised to find a gallery space. The latest exhibit is appropriately named “The Scribble Project“. Melbourne street artist and author Lisa Currie has gathered personal scribbles from over 140 artists from across the globe. Its cute, quirky and insightful.
I plan on devoting part of this space to the subjects that really interest me and seem bottomless in terms of exploration. Art and science, for example are two areas of study that continually open up new ideas in my way of thinking. The idea of art and science as a collaborative concept are not new. The first artist that comes to mind is Leonardo Da Vinci. Not only was he an artist, he was a botanist, mathematician, writer, musician and the list goes on. Fast forward a few centuries and the art movement of Cubism for example, utilised the theories of mathematics, to illustrate the ‘fourth dimension’; by looking at space and measurement from a range of viewpoints, and not just what one ‘sees’, from one point of view. And mathematics is fundamental to the sciences and part of nature. Artists, Philosophers and Scientists have been trying to make sense of their world and the ‘unseen’ or hidden universe for thousands of years. Music is a large part of the equation here too, but that is a focus for another time…
This talk is one part of a forum containing the views of prominent artists and Professors: Arthur l. Miller, Oron Catts, Stelarc and Nina Sellars , who boldly examine the prospect of the science-art combination as a revolutionary new ‘third culture’. Also looking at the changing nature of aesthetics with the rise of these new ideas.
Good old TED videos, can’t beat em’. The swiss photographer, Fabian Oefner has been able to capture images of things usually heard or felt and not visualised. For example, using a range of coloured crystals, he has been able to give visual meaning to sound waves and by shooting these at 2000 frames per second, has produced a visual masterpiece.
Winter is upon us, hard to believe though considering its been fairly mild so far! Thank you to all who check this space and to my regular readers and subscribers, you help me to keep the passion alive! If you haven’t subscribed to my newsletter, please do by clicking on the pop-up that you see on your screen. I send out a newsletter every few months with a quick round-up of my favourite posts. Any questions or ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact me on my email address listed under ‘About Me’. For those who have been following this space, or checking in at different times, you would have noticed a few improvements over the past two and a bit years. All good things take time! Stay tuned for more interviews and photographic delights of Melbourne’s Arts scene and the surrounds soon.
A reminder also that ‘The Light in Winter’ festival kicks off in Melbourne from the 1st to the 22nd of June. I wrote about last year’s event here. Over the years, Fed Square has truly become a spectacular gathering space for this and many other events. See the program here and have a great week!
This year marks the celebration of 20 years of Top Arts at the NGV. ‘Start Up’ contains the work of 49 students, whittled down from about 3,000 applicants from VCE Studio Arts and Art students around Victoria. More sophisticated entries seem to be appearing every year, as technology becomes more accessible and students strive to create extraordinary contemporary pieces. Traditional mediums such as drawing and collage still appear alongside a range of these contemporary works. Computer aided design software and laser cut shapes were employed to inform one series of sculptures. In another, vertical blinds are used as a surface for an image that draws a reaction from many. An increasingly common theme is the idea of gender, which is explored in works this year. Some young artists paid homage to their grandparents, producing outstanding works that provide a visual narrative of their lives.
Christiana Garvie- ‘Liquid Form’, colour DVD,sound
The exhibition is now treated very much on par with the rest of the exhibits and increasingly patrons of all ages (as well as busloads of students) enjoy the exhibition. Prominent Melbourne artist Ash Keating and Orb Weavers lead singer Marita Dyson are past winners and have gone on to forge successful careers. There is no doubt that such an opportunity for a student to have their work in the three month long exhibition would help propel them to greater heights. What a fantastic thing for Melbourne and great for highlighting the value and importance of Art Education in our schools and wider community!