Wednesday, November 19, 2008

skulls, fantasy and the city

Some great art around town...

Adam Cruikshank's latest exhibition 'Don't Even Write' at TBC is a wonderful cityscape of minute pleasures. The detail of the discarded is fantastic and the letters are re-arranged in various anagrams over the course of its showing.

This beautiful exhibition at Platform at the moment, by the obviously talented Contextual Villians, is a great mix of fantasy, object and image.

This exhibition of 100 decorated skulls at the Michael Koro Gallery opened on the Day of the Dead in celebrations of the Mexican Film Festival.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

cloud wheel

This was a little test I made thinking about how I might redesign old-school games for adults. Jigsaw puzzles, those rotating cards to match different faces etc coupled with adult play images. The cloud I had left over from the exhibition, so just seeing how it might work...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

brazilnut trivia

did you know that you can light brazilnuts like candles. I didn't. So I did. Worked well too.
FYI on the survival tips, orange peel and cheezles make great fire lighters.

billy cart bonanza

The back streets. A tournament. Scraped elbows and beer breath. Wonderful.

space perspectives

through and up

light and angle

Monday, November 03, 2008

taking the air with panther, kittens and girls girls girls

A few great exhibitions and shows I've seen recently:
Inside Out, a beautiful photography exhibition by Fiona Wood Upstairs@TheNapierHotel.
Taking the Air with Master Basho and Maestro Ravel, an exhibition of jewellery by Jennifer Martin at EgEtal on Flinders Lane - stunning pieces with story and soul.
Girls Girls Girls, a collaborative show at the Carlton Bar & Studios - great ladies, great work - the 70's sex collages and the enormous scale pencil case were standouts.

2 shows as part of the Melbourne Festival:
Kitten by Jenny Kemp at The Malthouse - incredibly acted, polar bear suits and silver balloon fish, fascinating writing and great lighting.
Exercises in Happiness by Panther at a warehouse in Carlton - a series of interactive tasks to measure your happiness, as rated by the audience/participants.

Panther did a fantastic job putting on this show. Staged as a social experiment, with results of the participant's happiness published by Crawl online daily, it allowed individual exploration of the concept of happiness, in an space that necessitated a comfortable level of interaction with others. 'Exercises in Happiness' is of great interest to me in relation to The Playground Project as it looks to define, or question, a pursuit of something that makes our daily lives a better place.
Activities included playing an electric guitar, indoor gardening, watching porn, listening to Beethoven, eating cake over conversation, hitting a pinata and reading in bed.

brunswick free ride

80 people on bikes riding around the big block for no reason in particular other than having the whole road for a change...