Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Monday, 30 January 2012

FLASHBACK: RETRONAUT

One of our guilty pleasures lately is Retronaut, a site created by Chris Wild bringing together a treasure trove of wonders from bygone eras, including the quite recent past. The veritable vault of imagery is classified by decade, clusters and categories. It seems you can find any image set you could dream up, from Victorian Surrealism to an evolution of Madonna as told though magazine covers, or one of our favourites, the Black Cat film auditions held in Hollywood in 1961 (above). We say, take a step back in time.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Thursday, 19 January 2012

THIS IS: QUOTIDIAN

The everyday, or quotidian, has been gaining favour in art circles for some time, perhaps illustrated recently with the Outpost street art exhibition on Cockatoo Island. Keeping our eyes on the road is where we first came into contact with Melbourne-based Louis Porter. Any book titled Bad Driving is bound to catch your attention, and to see it as art is definitely a positive perspective. One victim of bad driving is seen in this image of a flattened red post box (above). Louis has a knack for capturing the peculiar, and we have since been bemused by the deadpan humour of his barking dogs series too.

Seen from above, we marvel at the visionary audacity of this work (courtesy The Cool Hunter who did a terrific round-up of street art and why it matters). We were reminded of our own foray into data visualisation, but commend the life-size and literal approach above.

The Dadaists may have been first to transform newspapers into works of art, but we're enjoying Marie Hugonnier's colour blocking and simple reconfiguring to produce bold works which reference the street nature of the newsprint.

And finally, MÃ¥rten Lange's raw black and white photographs of everyday objects have a surreal edge thanks to harsh flash and a clear focus on ephemeral, and sometimes simply banal, subjects. The results are intriguing, delivering a peculiar charm which is unexpectedly captivating.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

THIS IS: NOTED

It seems the allure of Polaroid photographs is everlasting with the 2012 Poladarium selling-out despite a second reprint. The calendar includes 366 photos complete with descriptive stories on the flipside. Guess we'll need to find another calendar to remind us to get in early for the 2013 edition!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

FONTIFICATE: CLOUD READING

Letters and landscapes come together in Towards a Poetic Morphology, a The Cloud Collective project breathing new life into Robert Walser's poem Oppresive Light. Installed in a former textile printing factory, letters ebb and flow throughout the space allowing audiences to navigate the poem unconventionally. Weather also plays a part, with different atmospheric conditions disrupting how type reads, and therefore transforming meaning through sculptural form.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

PLAYLIST: BETH ORTON

We've been longtime followers of Beth Orton's folky blend of electronica, not to mention her velvety voice. Anticipation is growing as we look forward to her gig as part of Sydney Festival, which has officially seized our city. Beth's sold-out show in Angel Place promises old favourites as well as sneak peeks of new tracks from her soon to be released new album.

Monday, 9 January 2012