Art With Heart ’15 Auction

Aurora Milky Way by Naomi Rahim

Aurora Milky Way by Naomi Rahim

Art With Heart is an annual art auction organised by Truly Deeply, utilising creative talent to raise funds for local Melbourne charities. Proceeds from this year’s auction went to Beyond Words, a not-for-profit initiative to celebrate the rich lives of older people in the community in Melbourne.

For the 13th event, I was proud to contribute my photograph, ‘Aurora Milky Way’ from my Starry Night series. Photographed in the Tasmanian wilderness, to witness a night like that was ‘beyond words’.

Congratulations to the lucky bidder! View more of my travel photography on Flickr.

Bidding Sheets

Bidding Sheets

David Ansett - Director of Truly Deeply making a speech

David Ansett – Director of Truly Deeply making a speech

Great turn out

Great turn out


Thanks to Emma at Truly Deeply for the photos.

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.

Check out more photos on Flickr >

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

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition at the NGV

Virgins Collection - Jean Paul Gaultier

Virgins Collection

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk was the National Gallery of Victoria’s blockbuster exhibition of Summer 14/15. Marking Gaultier’s retirement in ready-to-wear fashion, touring the fashion capitals of the world, from New York to London, having drawn over a million visitors, we need not ask ‘Is fashion art?’ – Melbournians, they get it.

This was not your ordinary retrospective exhibition. Chronicling the L’Enfant Terrible designer’s career spanning 40 years, extravagantly displayed in thematic rooms, from the high end punk aesthetic he helped champion onto the runways of Paris, to the non-conforming perceptions on sex and gender and the iconic collaborations with pop icons Madonna and Kylie Minogue. The mannequins brought ‘life’ to the space, with disconcerting animated faces, some even talking, including one of Gaultier himself who welcomes you in his jovial manner.

For my fellow Madonna fans, the exhibition did not disappoint. Gaultier’s career is intrinsic to Madonna’s, both visionaries iconoclastically challenging the boundaries of gender, collaboratively and independently, including the infamous Blonde Ambition tour conical bra costume in 1990 and again deconstructed for the MDNA world tour in 2013.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk was a truly inspiring exhibition for fashionistas and pop culture aficionados alike. The exhibition is now on it’s way to Paris.

Here are some of my photographic highlights of the exhibition, visit my Flickr gallery to see more.

The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier

Silhouettes of femininity and masculinity, contrasting embellished silk with bold stripes, brought to life by animated faces, show just what a fine couturier Jean Paul Gaultier is.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Odyssey – Virgins & Sailors

The Boudoir

A post-modern deconstruction on gender nonconformity and androgyny, most iconicly communicated through Gaultier’s collaborations with Madonna in her Blonde Ambition World Tour (1990) and architecturally deconstructed for her MDNA World Tour (2012).

Madonna's Blonde Ambition & MDNA tour conical bra costumes

Madonna’s Blonde Ambition & MDNA tour conical bra costumes

Madonna wearing Jean Paul Gaultier during the MDNA Tour 2012

Madonna wearing Jean Paul Gaultier during the MDNA Tour 2012

Punk & Cancan

The rawness of the British punk movement meets unabashed Parisienne drama is Gaultier’s signature ready-to-wear look.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Front row at the JPG runway

Jean Paul Gaultier

Plaid, studs & leather

Jean Paul Gaultier

Amy Winehouse & runway outfit

Skin Deep

Like a trompe l’oeil, fabric becomes the ‘second skin’.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Madonna’s outfit worn to the AIDS Benefit Gala in 1992

Metropolis

Whilst adhering to the design brief of big budget movies, such as The Fifth Element and The City of Lost Children, the costumes still remain recognisably Gaultier.

Jean Paul Gaultier

At the movies

Urban Jungle

Multi-ethnic influences celebrate diversity without borders.

The Bride - Jean Paul Gaultier

The Bride

Muses

From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the NGV demonstrated Gaultier’s connection with Australia, through various costumes for Kylie Minogue and launching trans-gender model Andrej Pejić’s career. A fitting end to a triumphant exhibition.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Worn by Kylie Minogue

Check out more photos from the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition on Flickr.

Through my lens

Back in 2013, I did a haute couture photoshoot with model/dancer Penny Higgs and stylist Rebecca Kennedy featuring Jean Paul Gaultier dresses. Check out the photoshoot >

Penny Higgs wearing Jean Paul Gaultier

Penny Higgs wearing Jean Paul Gaultier

3 Songs No Flash – 2014 Concert Photography Exhibition

2014 Concert Photography Exhibition

2014 Concert Photography Exhibition at Ding Dong Lounge

Proud to announce that I will be exhibiting alongside Melbourne’s finest live music photographers, once again, in the 3 Songs No Flash Exhibition at Ding Dong Lounge.

There will be a selection of photographs on display by Melbourne’s best concert photographers, featuring artists such as; Queens of the Stone Age, Lorde, Arcade Fire, Tegan & Sara, Mastadon and Kylie Minogue (by yours truly). Photos available for purchase!

Opening Night
Tuesday March 25th, 7:30pm
Ding Dong Lounge – 18 Market Lane, Melbourne
(gold coin donation on entry)
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Exhibition runs from March 25th – April 3rd, 2014 EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 30TH. Please check with Ding Dong Lounge for open hours.

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue – The Anti Tour, Melbourne
Available for purchase on the night or contact me.

3 Songs No Flash – Concert Photography Exhibition

Concert Photography Exhibition

Concert Photography Exhibition

The crème de la crème of Melbourne’s live music photography scene take to Ding Dong Lounge between May 20th-30th (extended until June 8th) to display some of their best work. For a limited time, Scott Boelsen, Jesse Booher, Katie Dutton, Rebecca Houlden, Lou Lou Nutt, Naomi Rahim, John Raptis, Brett Schewitz, Richard Sharman, Anthony Smith, Heidi Takla and Elleni Toumpas’s photographs will adorn the walls of the Melbourne venue with images the likes of Metallica, Black Sabbath, Madonna, Garbage, Marilyn Manson, Grinderman and more on display.

Ding Dong Lounge
18 Market Lane, Melbourne
Exhibition runs: Monday May 20th – Saturday June 8th, 6:30pm
(RSVP on Facebook)

My Madonna MDNA Tour photo from Los Angeles will be on display and available for purchase.

Madonna - Staples Center, Los Angeles

Madonna – Staples Center, Los Angeles

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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!

Simply Madonna Exhibition in Melbourne

Simply Madonna Exhibition

Simply Madonna Exhibition at Chadstone Shopping Centre

Simply Madonna – an exhibition of Madonna’s most iconic fashion pieces was on display for the first time in Melbourne at Chadstone Shopping Centre. Straight from London in time for L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival; outfits on display included the Marilyn Monroe-inspired pink dress and fur stole from the Material Girl video (1984), the iconic Jean-Paul Gaultier designed conical bra from the Blonde Ambition Tour (1991) and the white ghetto outfit and cowboy hat from the Music video clip (2000).

View the full gallery on Flickr.

Madonna - Music video

Madonna – Music video