Posted by KB on March 11, 2011
For an animal lover, the power of the pooch is not dissimilar to the effect of a cute baby on a clucky woman. The presence of man’s best friend can, as if with the flick of a switch, turn a usually rational, mature adult into a babbling lunatic. Such is the force of a much-loved pet. With so much unconditional love to give and unquenchable thirst for fun-and-games, it’s astounding to think that 20,000 unwanted, lost and stray pets every year are cared for at the Lost Dogs’ Home in North Melbourne, alone.
Somewhere Store and Gallery has got behind Australia’s largest animal shelter with the Besties exhibition, a fund- and awareness-raiser for helping Lost Dogs’ to continue to fight for animal rights and provide welfare and community services including responsible pet ownership programs.
The Besties launch unveiled 22 donated artworks inspired by artists’ personal experiences with dogs and cats. There were pugs in portrait and kittens on canvas. A “working” dog in a suit ran for the tram, perhaps sending a deeper message about the nature of nine-to-five.More...
Posted by Audrey Lee on July 27, 2010
All you Melburnians, listen up and listen good! For the first time ever, the creative cats behind Finders Keepers will be hitting Melbourne this Spring/Summer. Combining elements of design, art and fashion into 150 talented stallholders, this heralds their biggest market yet. What’s more, entry is free and open to all. So say yes to this bit of local lovin’.
Melbourne’s Finders Keepers markets will touch down on October 9 & 10 at Shed4, Docklands. Interested stallholders can apply online until August 27 via the Finders Keepers site.
Posted by Audrey Lee on July 2, 2010
The designer folk at Dosh have been at it again, getting all collaborative on us.
This time, they’ve hooked up with Pedal Consumption, a cycling and push bike-culture website which produced a smooth, racing-striped design; the Semi-Permanent Design Conference, which asked young creatives to submit a design for a competition, the winner of which, Stephanie Foti, gets her cute design immortalised on a Dosh wallet; and Stab magazine, the surf magazine whose resulting Dosh wallet is funny, quirky and colourful.
Check them out, we think they’re worth a look-see.
Posted by KB on May 11, 2010
Though she’s well known in her home country and across Europe, British artist Pam Glew is bringing her distinctive style to Australian audiences for the first time. In her debut Sydney exhibition, Luminaries, Pam continues her love affair with the flag, incorporating images of Australian personalities with hybrid versions of the Australian flag. The space for the exhibition is as unique as the work itself, a pop-up venue in Paddington presented by Bicker Gallery. We caught up with Pam to discuss how it all fits together.
KB: You've been a practicing artist for many years now, but this is your first Australian show. What's been the deciding factor in coming here now?
Pam Glew: I worked with Dom of Bicker Gallery on a solo show in the UK two years ago, so as soon as I could I took up the opportunity to show in his Sydney space.
KB: The work you have on display seems pretty much custom built for this audience: Australian personalities on Australian flags. Is this usually the case when you exhibit outside of the UK?
PG: Not always, but despite being a British artist I usually use US flags, this time I made the flags from scratch so I made some Australian flags from denim and linen. They're mostly hybrid flags made from other flags like the Stars and Stripes and the Union Jack, so they connect with other countries’ influence too.More...
Posted by KB on April 30, 2010
We’ve been a fan of Asahi beer for some time, but a new project from this crisp, delicious beverage has earned it an extra special place in our hearts. Wednesday saw the launch of Asahi Silver + Black, an exhibition combining art, fashion, photography and design.
The inspiration for the exhibition is Asahi’s own famous silver and black label, and while not all works limit themselves to the palette, there is a common thread in what the Japanese refer to as ‘wabi-sabi’ – finding beauty in imperfect things. The exhibition also contains the Karakuchi Project, featuring six international artists who have been selected to give their own interpretation of the Japanese characters found on the Asahi Label.
Alongside works from international and local artists and designers, visitors can view rare and vintage artefacts from the Asahi brand.
Asahi Silver + Black is on at aMBUSH Gallery, Waterloo until May 8 and entry is free (our favourite price).
Posted by Danni Le Toullec on March 23, 2010
Sydney’s Darlo Bar has long been a sanctuary for up & coming artists. On April 15th from 7-10pm, the popular establishment will be transformed into a live photo studio for the event 'Seven Hundred Photos', a concept created by the now LA-based Jesse Willesee.
Seven artists and seven designers will be let loose on - yes, you guessed it - seven of the hotel's guest rooms. The creative septuplet will include Antochrist, Casio Ono, Shayli Harrison, FTW, Saint Augustine Academy, Bella Kay and We Were Warriors by Kalindy Millions.
The call is going out to Sydneysiders to pack up your Nikons, Canons, Fish-Eye lens and take on the role of photographer as you go from room to transformed room participating in the live photoshoots.
Darlo Bar has created its very own drop of wine, aptly titled ‘The Thirsty Artist’. Creatives around the area are invited to send in pictures of their artworks. Every few months the staff riffle through the entries to select their favourite. The wining artist scores a case of the wine with their artwork on the label.
In keeping with this wonderful project, the winning public-snapped pic from 'Seven Hundred Photos' will feature on labels of Thirsty Artist wine.
This is not Jesses' first creative partnership with Darlo Bar. He was also responsible for Painting in Hotel Rooms at the Darlo Bar in 2009.
Posted by KB on March 6, 2010
Hold the phone! We have just stumbled across what may be our fave project of the year: The Market Estate Project. 75 artists have been let loose on a 1960s housing estate in London that has been scheduled for demolition. And as the bulldozers rev their engines, the public are invited in to catch a fleeting glimpse of what these artists have created.
For one day only (Saturday March 6), Londoners can take a tour through of the 66 site-specific projects across 20 vacant flats of Market Estate. It breaks our heart to know that in a matter of days these paintings, sculptures and installations will be nothing more than rubble, but that’s all the more reason to see it while you can.
The Market Estate Project is on view Saturday March 6 from 2pm-10pm only.
Posted by Danni Le Toullec on November 7, 2007
We’re back. This time it’s an art attack. We explore the creative hub that is the Semi Permanent Design Conference and some of the artists and speakers at this year’s event. Including the awe-inspiring Tiffany Bozic, typographer extraordinaire Si Scott, Scandinavian design duo Toko, Australian live-music photographer Sophie Howarth and skate photography aficionado Mike O’Meally. There is also a bit on cultish Sydney independent gallery space, China Heights, and a video work inspired by Romance Was Born from our favourite Sydney video artist, Kim Greenway. The World Press Photo Exhibition (who ever said that media and art are not intertwined?) gets a look in.
Posted by Danni Le Toullec on January 1, 2007
Welcome to the wonderful world of Kluster. In case you’ve not heard of us before (open your ear/eyes, people), we’re the new kids on the online block. The next big thing? Only time will tell. For this, our inaugural issue, we’ve got undercover operations geared at discovering the most effective attire to adorn before stepping out with your skateboard. An insightful look into the world of bands and their moonlitcal activities. A Grandance discussion with Dappled Dave (Rennik). A rant about the benefit of being a whoreish housewife. A quick Q&A with N Zeds hottest new indie export, Shaky Hands (aka Cut Off Your Hands).