Melbourne Now

Today’s post is courtesy of Jaime Pih of The Bride Gene. Jaime posted up lots of pictures of Melbourne Now on her Facebook page and I was really inspired by the amazing work that was done by the artists. It’s an event that’s happening in Australia from 22 November 2013 to 23 March 2014 that celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex cultural landscape of creative Melbourne. I wasn’t able to head there, so I did the next best thing – I asked if she would be willing to share the pictures (and words alongside them) on Pikaland so that others may be able to experience it as well. And she said yes, hurrah! Enjoy! ~ Amy

#melbournenow by Jaime Pih

#melbournenow by Jaime Pih

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*** NOTE: All text are taken from the exhibition, which includes the artist’s statement and/or an introduction to each artist’s work.

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You Me and The Flock, #melbournenow by Jaime Pih

You, Me and the Flock – Juan Ford, 2013

“The huge sky above us holds many secrets. I enjoy trying to understand how the natural world constantly changes and how we are a part of that process. I have often watched birds in flight, flocking and flying apart. It has made me think about how we do a similar thing but in a very different way.

Join in my experiment and add some birds to the flock. As you place each bird, think about the changing shape of the flock and the feeling of movement. Also think about what it might mean as the flock becomes populated with more and more birds over time.”

You Ask Me About That Country, #melbournenow by Jaime Pih

You Ask Me About That Country – Sangeeta Sandrasegar, 2012-13

Born to Malaysian and Australian parents, Sangeeta Sandrasegar lived in both countries before settling in Melbourne at the age of ten. Her work explores perceptions of homeland and diaspora, belonging and identity. These works form part of a series “You Ask Me About That Country” which takes its title from a poem by Faiz Ahmed Faiz about the effect of time on memories. Created following her return to Malaysia after twenty-five years, each suite of exquisitely detailed filigree paper-cuts comprises a self-portrait confronted by three other portraits representing different Malaysian cultural groups.

The beautiful patterns of flowers, leaves and butterflies that form her hair are inspired by traditional batik designs from Malaysia. Batik is an ancient art of making patterns using wax and coloured dyes on fabric that is found in many countries across Asia.

The shadows cast on the walls by the paper cut-outs are like an echo of the artist’s memories and suggest there are different ways we can think about who we are.

dontworry, #melbournenow by Jaime Pih

dontworry – Mark Hilton, 2013

Extending across nine intricately detailed wall-mounted panels, each corresponding to a formative event in Mark Hilton’s life, dontworry is a personal memoir exploring the complicated transition from childhood to adulthood. However this dark representation of events witnessed while growing up in suburban Melbourne, including violence committed by mobs of people and unnerving depictions of adolescent bad behaviour, also poses broader questions around “normal” codes of behaviour.

Co Workers, Hanging Sculpture, #melbournenow by Jaime Pih

Co Workers, Hanging Sculpture – Meredith Turnbull

When I am making sculpture and jewellery, I enjoy experimenting with different shapes, sizes, colour and texture. My work ranges from large scale sculptural installations to much smaller jewellery pieces. I often compare sculpture and jewellery and I wonder about the similarities and differences between them. When I make necklaces and bracelets I sometimes think of them as small wearable sculptures.
For Melbourne Now I have selected a range of wooden components, tube and laminated card for you to work with. You can also draw on these with coloured pencils. Think about the different ways you can arrange the colours, textures and shapes to create your own wearable sculpture.

For you, #melbournenow by Jaime Pih

For you – Darren Sylvester, 2013

Darren Sylvester’s multidisciplinary practice reflects upon the tropes and convention of consumer culture, advertising, pop music and cinema, appropriating international products as “readymades” as a way of considering how we are shaped and affected by branding. “For you” is an illuminated dance floor that appropriates current make-up palettes offered by Yves Saint Laurent, colours “proven” by market research to appear flattering on the widest cross-section of people. Shy-dancers should not fear – everyone looks good on this dance floor.

The Gallery of Air, #melbournenow by Jaime Pih

The Gallery of Air

Best experienced than captured on camera, this amazing gallery exhibited just about anything and everything that involved air – a remote control to an air-con unit, a book (Up In The Air by Walter Kirn), a vintage vinyl (Wind on the Water by Crosby and Nash), a Rhett Butler doll (Gone with the Wind), airplanes, a resuscitation doll, a shoe (Nike Air), Chinese foldable paper fans, and a print of a vintage hot air balloon, just to name a few. Ever wondered how so much of what we do, use and enjoy involves air?

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Melbourne Now is happening from 22 November 2013 – 23 March 2014 at the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria). If you’ve taken some pictures or have written about the event (or know of anyone who does), do drop your links below so that we can see more of the action happening over at Melbourne!

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About Jaime
My name is Jaime Pih and I’m a Malaysian born multimedia design graduate living in the creative hub that is Melbourne, Australia. I love capturing moments and discovering the old and new of all things beautiful (cliche as it may sound) whether it be a delicious work of art on a plate, the story that went into every stitch of a vintage dress, the beauty and genius in the sculptures around us, learning something new, or creating a sanctuary in the space we call home. If it looks good, tastes good, feels good, and is for good, well…”that’s amore!”
Instagram: @thebridegene  |  Pinterest: pinterest.com/thebridegene  | Blog: thebridegene.com

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If you would like to share some of the recent events in your area – whether it’s an exhibition, an art event or a fun gallery, feel free to get in touch with me (Amy) and I’d love to put it up here on the blog to share with our readers!
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Paper/Dress/Maps : The work of Elisabeth Lecourt

Elisabeth Lecourt

Elisabeth Lecourt

Elisabeth Lecourt

Elisabeth Lecourt

Elisabeth Lecourt

Sometimes I see things online that are so interesting that I make a mental note of it to myself and leave it at just that. For example, I saw these dresses made out of maps by artist Elisabeth Lecourt, based in London, over at Lost at E Minor a couple months ago and I just saved a note about it on my Springpad – an app that holds most of my personal notes and observations. I share a little less here than I did a year ago, because I thought that I didn’t need to contribute more noise out there, since others were doing a pretty bang up job at it anyway.

But then I asked myself what this blog was for, right from the beginning – it’s not just for you, my dear readers. It’s also for me – you guys are just taking a peek into my brain, really (don’t worry, you’re all invited). I must apologize because I sometimes forget that – performance anxiety and all. And gosh darn it – if I see something that makes me squeal with delight – even if it has been reblogged a thousand times already – then I’ll try my best to remember that perhaps you haven’t squealed just yet.

So take a look at Elisabeth’s work and notice how her creativity spans not just maps and paper, but she turns whatever she touches into a means of expression. Read her artist’s statement:

[quote] Sensitivity and vulnerability are the main subjects in the work of the artist Elisabeth Lecourt. In the work of Elisabeth Lecourt the feminine figure is seen like the spine of her house, like an essential component of this particular world. But the woman like structure to medular can be a contradiction, because although funge like the strong part that maintains the building, is also vulnerable and touching. The vulnerability of the human being, the fragility of the bodies exposed by Lecourt proposes a painful beauty as well, as much by the emotional thing of the topic like by its own necessity to understand our body and what there is within us. [/quote]

[Via Lost at E Minor]

How about some finger painting?

Judith Ann Braun

The beauty in Judith Braun’s work is that she uses her fingers to paint beautifully. I thought her symmetrical pieces are the most beautiful, and hardest to create. I can only imagine the self-restraint she had – if it were me I’d get all giddy (and a bit mad with anticipation) at the thought of having a tub of charcoal powder and a clean white wall at my disposal.

Have a lovely weekend folks! 

[Images / discovered via 9gag]

 

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