Photographs from this year's Sculpture by the Sea staged along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from 24th October to 10th November.
On 4th July 2013, our article 'Melbourne's Gallery of Graffiti' was published in World Architecture News Metroblogs. The graffiti and stencil artworks in Hosier Lane transform this back lane into an informal art gallery. A must see, if you are in Melbourne.
The article is also featured on WAN Newsletter dated 9th July 2013.
Warnings such as 'strobe effect on video', 'high sound level' can build the excitement, but Ryoji Ikeda's Test Pattern [No 5] is something to experience. The large-scale audio-visual installation is inspired by barcodes and binary patterns of computer programming data.
The black and white light projection creates a stage of 30m x 10m where the performers aka visitors can submerge and enjoy the experience.
Commissioned by Carriageworks and ISEA2013 in collaboration with Vivid Sydney, the installation is at Carriageworks until 1st July 2013.
On 14th June 2013, our article 'Vivid installations by architectural professionals' was published in World Architecture News Metroblogs. It captures some of the amazing installations done by architectural professionals during Vivid Sydney 2013.
On 7th June 2013, our article 'The facade as a canvas of light' was published on World Architecture News Metroblogs. It talks about the interplay of art and architecture as seen during Vivid Sydney 2013 festival.
I saw this unique sculpture at the Art Gallery of NSW during 18th Biennale of Sydney. Instead of photographing the sculpture as it was, zooming into different areas created very unusual photographs that themselves can be seen as abstract art.
Sydney, recently, experienced a very innovative approach to contemporary art. A group exhibition of 13 'living sculptures' in 13 purpose-built rooms appropriately called '13 Rooms' was being exhibited at Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay from 11th April to 21st April 2013. A Kaldor Public Art Project curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of London’s Serpentine Gallery, and Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 in New York combined the art of performance and sculptures to bring a fresh concept in modern art.
13 Rooms of equal dimensions (approx 3.5 x 3.5m) were built within a flexible high-volume space of Pier 2/3 and the space in-between was cleverly used for changing rooms. Apart from well thought utilisation of available space, the organic plan allowed visitors to navigate themselves as they please, unlike a usual one directional route.
Out of 13 living sculptures, Man=flesh / Woman=flesh - FLAT, 1997 was most appealing for me. A very small space lit by a dim light had one person lying silently, at times staring at the viewer. The installation really made the viewer experience the confinement and the pain.
The artwork of Xu Zhen, who often has a sophisticated trickery in his works, had a body floating mysteriously in space as if it is frozen in time. In Just a Blink of an Eye, 2005, surely caught eye of all viewers, many of them trying to find how a living person can defy the constraints of physics.
Thirteen Colourful Inside Jobs, 2013 by John Baldessari was indeed the most colourful one. The performer aka painter is continuously changing the colour of the room in duration of the exhibition.
Revolving Door, 2011 was grey and interactive, where a group of dancers wearing grey costume form a revolving door and march in various dance movements in a circular motion.
The only Australian artists were the duo Clark Beaumont from Brisbane who were investigating interpersonal relationships in Coexisting, 2013, where both artists were sharing a small plinth for the whole day making themselves seen as a sculptural form.
From as simple as Veterans of the Wars of Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, Iraq and Vietnam Facing the Corner, 2013, to a complex installation Future / Perfect, 2012, to Hans, George, 1992 that required cast of twins, all the installations were powerful and unique. No wonder the exhibition attracted big crowds and at times had 45mins wait to get in.
Where: NGV - National Gallery of Victoria
When: 18 October 2012 - 01 April 2013
This Amazing Interactive Art Installation is done by Artist Jompet Kuswidananto. His art piece is a representation of the effervescent contemporary Indonesian art scene and display a wide-ranging, yet precise snapshot of today's world.
(Also featured in World Architecture News: Metroblogs on 15/02/2013)
From 3 'R's of sustainable principles - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - 'Reuse' has most power of creating innovative and refreshing objects, that also have an embedded cultural value. Like inheritance from our ancestors, the reused objects have a story, making them very special, unlike mass produced things we buy everyday. This is why the installation Waste Not by artist Song Dong is one of its kind. And the fact that it has been housed under Carriageworks - a Waste Not, modern cultural space created by reusing the old Eveleigh rail yard - makes it extraordinarily unique.
From paper bags to leather bags, bowls to bottles, bird cages and empty boxes, Waste Not is a massive collection by the artist's mother, either out of fear of shortage or to reuse them as something else or because it reminded her of her deceased husband. The art compelled all visitors to feel the daily life of a whole generation of Chinese people, and question the everyday waste we generate today.
(Also featured in World Architecture News: Metroblogs on 29/01/2013)
There are many different types of Aboriginal artworks. But not many have inspired us to see them as ‘architectural spaces’ as much as the collection of ‘Living Water’ at National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).
“Aboriginal people from across the Western Desert use the term ‘living water’ to describe water sources, including rock holes and soakage waters that are fed by underground springs. The path of these springs was created by the ancestral beings of the tjukurrpa (dreaming) as they themselves journeyed underground, their entry into the earth often marking the site of current day water sources. ‘Living water’ is revered also because it does not seem to be affected by the harsh conditions above the ground that the people themselves have to endure.”
The above excerpt from the exhibit description mentions about underground spaces being inspiration for these painting and it was very evident in each artwork. The patterns of lines, circles and curves all give a spacial character transferable to an actual built form. Some suggested an area diagram, while others a 2-dimensional drawing. At some point, we started looking at the paintings as plan or section of a space and that made the viewing even more interesting. It was like going on a special studio of basic design to draw inspiration from objects around you.
Below are some photographs of the artwork that inspired us the most.
'Living Water' is on display until 3 Feb 2013 at NGV. They also have a paperback publication Living Water: Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert on their shelf for those who would like to keep the inspirational memories with them forever.
Vin is a Sydney based photographer and travels in Australia and around the world for photography projects. He specialises in Architecture, Art, Fine Art and Time-Lapse photography. The images from his photography projects are available to purchase as Archival quality fine art prints and canvases...Read more