Some art history books have a capacity to kill the reading joy in me. They have a fusty language creating a heavy, claustrophobic atmosphere that squeezes all life out of the subject matter. It’s like they forget there is a reader. Not so artist and writer, Edmund de Waal. His most recent book, The White Road, draws the reader in and takes them on a magical porcelain journey that’s steeped in history but entirely accessible. It’s also a very human story. Continue reading
The artist manifesto. A document of ideology. It reveals intent. It aims to motivate and promote change. Historically manifestos have been crafted to publicly declare the philosophy, aims and ambitions of an artistic movement, and really came into their own in the 20th century. Think Realists, Symbolists, Futurists, Cubists, Dadaists, Surrealists…
Writer and cultural theorist, Lee Scrivner even wrote a manifesto on how to write an avant-garde manifesto in 2006 and then taped to the front door the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, later presenting it in a British Library exhibition in 2008. Continue reading
I’d heard about the Weather Bracelet via @louisedenoon on Instagram before seeing it for real recently. Immediately I was intrigued. Mitchell Whitelaw’s 3D printed work is constructed using climate data collected in Canberra between July 2008-2009. He explains, ‘the outer rim of the bracelet shows daily maximum and minimum temperatures; the holes show weekly rainfall.’ To view beautiful clear images of the bracelet check out his blog where you’ll find lots of intriguing detail about process.
I was able to see the bracelet recently as part of Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital, a new exhibition showing at the Powerhouse Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney. Continue reading
The enduring popularity of artist, Frida Kahlo, never ceases to amaze me. It seems we’re in the midst of a new wave of public fascination for her work and story. There’s yet another exhibition of her work (and Diego Rivera’s) at the Art Gallery of NSW showing right now in Sydney. Perhaps this resurgence is about a new generation discovering the legend that is Frida. Or something else at play. Continue reading