RONE ‘Empty’ Exhibition

Beautiful mural in the Star Lyric Theatre

Beautiful mural in the Star Lyric Theatre

Rone, one of Melbourne’s most prominent street artists held his first solo exhibition in two years at the historic Star Lyric Theatre in Collingwood, Oct 14-23rd, 2016.

Portraits

Portraits

Known for his mural portraits of striking female faces adorning large scale buildings or in decaying spaces, the term ‘hauntingly beautiful’, whilst overused, perfectly sums up Rone’s work.

Rone exhibition space

Rone exhibition space

Never was an exhibition space more fitting than the Art Nouveau building, Star Lyric Theatre which is due for demolition soon after the exhibition closes. A fitting tribute to a beautiful derelict building.

Virtual reality and digital pieces

Virtual reality and digital pieces

Check out more of Rone’s work.

MONA – one MOFO of an Art Experience

MOFO at night in Hobart

MOFO at night in Hobart

No trip to Hobart is complete without a visit to the Museum of Old & New Art (MONA). Founded by gambler/art collector David Walsh in 2011, a privately owned contemporary art museum that defies conventions, packed with eclectic pieces which are often confronting and challenging with a generous representation of female artists. MONA has done for Hobart what Guggenheim had done for Bilbao in Spain – the swift regeneration of the sleepy southern-most state into one of the hottest art destinations in the country, if not the world.

Earlier this year, I traveled to Tasmania and MONA (in the midst of its annual MOFO festival) was at the top of my list. After spending a full day at the museum, and thinking of my years studying Bachelor of Visual Arts, it was refreshing to see art can be done for arts sake.

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Highlights from MONA and MOFO

Engpass (Bottleneck) by Roman Signer

Engpass (Bottleneck) by Roman Signer

Engpass (Bottleneck) by Roman Signer

Originally installed in January 2011, the silver 1982 Rover 3500 SE was squeezed between two concrete walls. Over the years, the installation has decayed over the years with some beatings to the rear, even more evocative of a car wreckage.

Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) 2005 by Candice Breitz

Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) 2005 by Candice Breitz

Detail of Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) 2005 by Candice Breitz

A multi-channel video installation depicting super Italian Madonna fans singing the entire Immaculate Collection album, acapella. Examining the star status of Madonna, the fans often mimic her moves, evoking the themes Madonna has challenged throughout her career. As a Madonna fan, it made me question how much of an influence she has had on me and my work, subliminally and consciously #bitchwearemadonna. Watch the entire video on Vimeo.

The Mice and Me by Meghan Boody

The Mice and Me by Meghan Boody

Detail of The Mice and Me by Meghan Boody

A morbid self portrait of the Boody as a child, a drooling doll enclosed in a cage in a fairytale-like dress with pet mice. Whimsical, macabre, perfect!

Chapel by Wim Delvoye

Chapel by Wim Delvoye

Interior or Chapel by Wim Delvoye

A useful piece of architecture or sculpture? The Chapel features ornate mock-gothic architecture and stained-glass windows – a nod to tradition and history? Think again… the windows feature erotic images, and yes, you can get married there. David did.

Untitled by Jannis Kounellis

Untitled by Jannis Kounellis

Untitled by Jannis Kounellis

A wooden chair, enamel bowl and two goldfish swimming puzzled around a large knife. As far as I know, the fish haven’t swum into it.

Exxopolis by Architects of Air (on exhibition during MOFO only)

Exxopolis by Architects of Air (on exhibition during MOFO only)

Exxopolis by Architects of Air (on exhibition during MOFO only)

A large-scale, inflatable luminarium… referencing mosque architecture, the sculpture plays with light and colour and encourages wonderment and curiosity. Currently traveling the arts festival circuit, be sure to catch it in your city.

MONA ROMA Ferry

MONA ROMA Ferry arriving at MONA

Reserved for God

Reserved for God

Vivid Sydney 2015

Vivid Laser-Fountain Water Theatre at Darling Harbour

Vivid Laser-Fountain Water Theatre at Darling Harbour

Vivid brought Sydney to life during Winter, with an expanded program and new precincts in the program. I traveled to Sydney a documented the action, here are some of my favourite photographs. View my Vivid Sydney photo essay.

The Milky Laneway by Kate & Martyn

The Milky Laneway by Kate & Martyn

A gorgeous, whimsical installation in an alleyway in The Rocks. Depicting a starry night sky alive with meteor showers, shooting stars and supernova.

Paint The Town

Paint The Town by 32 Hundred Lighting – colour scheme by Naomi Rahim

Paint The Town took interactivity at Vivid to the next level. Members of the public were given the controls to literally paint the town. This was my design.

The Dresses by Tae Gon Kim

The Dresses by Tae Gon Kim

An ethereal collection of extravagant dresses, created from hundreds of delicate fibre-optic strands. Emerging as apparitions in the darkness, as beautiful as it is creepy.

Mechanical Colour Assemblage

MCA Building – Mechanical Colour Assemblage

Mechanical Colour Assemblage transformed the Art Deco facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art into a trippy, mechanical audio and visual experience. Artists: Rebecca Baumann (Australia), Danny Rose (Sergio Carrubba (France), Paola Ciucci (France), Lucia Frigola (France), Cédric Péri (France), Emanuele De Raymondi (Italy).

Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group

Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group

One for the kids and big kids… a series of organically animated images of Sydney’s flora and fauna, wrapping around the iconic facade of Customs House.

View the full gallery on Flickr >

Tim Burton ACMI exhibition launch

Tim Burton

Tim Burton on the red carpet

I attended the media preview of Tim Burton’s exhibition at ACMI in Melbourne this week, on assignment for LifeMusicMedia. Over 700 pieces are on display, tracking the history of Burton’s creative practice from his Burbank school days, stint working at Disney as an animator to his Hollywood movie career, or as Burton refers to it – his “dirty laundry.”
A Nightmare...

A Nightmare…

ACMI is the first stop outside America to host the exhibition – along with newly added pieces from Alice in Wonderland including Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter costume and large figures of the Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit and March Hare. My favourite piece in the exhibition would have to be the Edward Scissorhands vinyl outfit that Johnny Depp wore and the Stag hedge sculpture. The exhibition opens to the public on June 24th 2010 until October 10th 2010.

Check out my photos from the exhibition!