ArtExpress at the AGNSW

I was at the AGNSW leg of the 2011 ArtExpress exhibition recently and had the opportunity to snap a few images on my phone. Any art teacher here in NSW knows what this is about and should be deservedly proud that senior high school students have the opportunity to have their talents nurtured by such a group of committed educators. For anyone from outside NSW see my post at Adobe Education Leaders for a fuller explanation of the selection process. Of course it’s wise to remember that the curatorial decisions of the various galleries are just that and may not necessarily represent the best of the pool of works put aside for the curatorial teams.

On another note, the show at the Armory Gallery at Newington is the biggest of the exhibitions with Bodies of Work from over 60 students on display. I saw the show last week and it’s truly worth the visit. The Armory show is themed around representations of the landscape and as usual there’s some extraordinary work there. The students, their parents and teachers are no doubt justifiably proud.

Small faculty promowe have 3 students from Wyndham College in that show and one at AGNSW

These exhibitions speak highly of the quality of art education in NSW.

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See the full selection of works from the Art Gallery of NSW

I’ll be posting slide-shows from other venues in the coming weeks.

Moroz Ice City

“Russia’s brand new hyped-up Moroz City (Frost City) comes courtesy of the annual Snow Architecture Festival, which set the challenge of building an entire city made of ice and snow from the ground up to more than 100 architects, sculptors, artists and volunteers from all over the country as well as Ukraine, Serbia, Estonia, Finland and Belarus. It now stands at Moscow’s Sokolniki Park measuring 2500 square-meters and complete with 500 chunks of ice and 1000 blocks of snow.”  Artshub

Read the full article here

Unfortunately the links to the official website and video from Artshub are broken but a quick search for “Moroz City” will land quite a few hits.

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images courtesy of Telegraph.co.uk 

2nd Mona LIsa uncovered

“A copy of the Mona Lisa has been discovered in the Prado which was painted in Leonardo’s studio—created side by side with the original that now hangs in the Louvre. This sensational find will transform our understanding of the world’s most famous picture”. The Art Newspaper

Image (detail) courtesy of ‘The Art Newspaper”

Read the full article here

Olive | The movie

Shot entirely on a Nokia N8 by independent filmmaker Hooman Khalili, Olive opens next week in over 2000 US cinemas on Dec 16th (without the backing of any of any major studio).  Full reviews and info on the making of the movie + trailer can be viewed at http://olivethemovie.com. No doubt Nokia will reap some kudos from this, but the film’s director said of Nokia “that they just sent me the phone”  and that “after March of 2011 I never heard from Nokia again, they disappeared”.

In an interview with Wall St Journal Khalili said the process was not that simple

“There was a lot of things making this nearly impossible for us,” said Khalili.

The Nokia N8 shoots in high resolution, but before Khalili and his crew could start filming, they had to hack the phone to turn off the auto focus and the auto zoom.

“The camera thinks it knows what you want to focus on, but it doesn’t know,”   @Wall St Journal

This was also shot before the advent of 35mm lens adapters for phones so the team had to create rigs that allowed lens attachments for the phones used in the making of the movie.

The movie was independently financed by former Facebook CPO (Chief Privacy Officer) Chris Kelly and  stars Academy Award (twice nominated) actress Gina Rowlands who agreed to do the movie purely on the audacity of the concept.

The following 480p trailer is hosted on YouTube, where sadly, the kiddie experts who haven’t the vaguest idea of the implications that this project carries, post the traditional, nay required, poorly informed comments.

Hats off to Khalili for this adventurous undertaking.

Leonardo in London

“Just as Leonardo’s Last Supper followed a Leitmotiv of triples (three windows; groups of apostles in threes) to honour the Trinity, so there should be three triumphs in connection with the remarkable exhibition of his work at the National Gallery in London: “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan”.

As it happens, the triumphs are unmistakable in two parts of the enterprise. The curator Luke Syson’s achievement in gathering together nine of Leonardo’s 15 surviving paintings is an astonishing feat. It seems extremely unlikely that such generosity among the scattered owners of these masterworks will be repeated in the foreseeable future”……..

Read here

Reunited, sort of: the Louvre’s (left) and the National Gallery’s Virgins are installed on opposite ends of the fourth gallery, making it impossible to get more than the vaguest idea of how Leonardo changed his mind over the years.

Art on shifting sands

“The Guggenheim is certainly not cancelled,” the US ambassador, Michael Corbin, told me. “It’s just delayed due to cash flow problems and the Arab Spring”. This was at an exhibition of Middle Eastern artists hosted in the residence to show his general support for the role that art is playing in Abu Dhabi policy. There were more signs of official approval for the idea of art. A huge red ball is appearing in surprising places, such as the Zaha Hadid-designed bridge, and in shopping malls. This is an installation by Kurt Perschke to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).”- The Art Newspaper

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Tony Shafrazi admires the Kids’ Zone

image courtesy of Art Newspaper

Sintel | Blender Animation

“Sintel” is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.”

The Blender community have engaged in a number of ‘open’ movie projects involving online collaboration with hundreds of animators around the globe. This is the third such project and it is no doubt quite an extraordinary testament to the power of open source technology and online collaboration.

Chan Hwee Chong

Extraordinary work from this young designer. All these images are drawn with a single line.

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images courtesy of Faber Castell @ behance

watch a video of the process here

see his portfolio here

You won’t find an ‘Untitled’ among my works

“In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Neo Rauch’s enigmatic paintings—an intensely coloured mix of realism, surrealism, pop art and comic-book imagery—brought him huge international success. In Germany his work still fuels debate on the pros and cons of figurative painting.

This month the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden is opening a Rauch retrospective (27 May-18 September, see What’s On). Curated by art historian Werner Spies, the show will cover the artist’s development over the past 20 years. Of particular interest will be the presentation of Rauch’s first sculpture, titled Nachhut, 2011″.

text + image courtesy of The Art Newspaper

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The Father of Pop has died, aged 89

Hamilton passed away on Sept 13th before putting the final touches on a traveling retrospective that was due to tour major locations during 2013-14. Hamilton is recognized as the founding figure of the pop art movement in Britain ahead of it’s later rise to prominence in the US.

Image courtesy of The Art Newspaper

You can read a fascinating interview with Hamilton here