1957 home image via Coronare Modestus Faust
Tim Ross is currently host to a wonderful two-part television series about Australian housing from the 1950s onward – Streets of your town. I love that they’ve used the title of a Go-Betweens song to name the show. What I love more is the investigation into the nature of modern housing and Tim’s fascination as to how we have come to the point of possessing the largest average house footprint of any country on earth. Data over the last few years suggests the average Australian home is now more than 240 square metres in size despite the continually shrinking size of the average household – that is, fewer people are living in these large houses. Streets of your town brings a sense of history and even glamour to the idea of housing, and in doing so, asks us to question what has happened? 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
‘Original’ (detail) by Yang Xin, 2015. As seen at White Rabbit Gallery.
Visiting a big city like Sydney or even living here can be overwhelming at times. Too much to see. Too much to do. Where do you start? And how do you begin to see all the art?
Unless you live in Sydney and don’t work much you won’t be able to see all the art. That’s my view anyway. There’s simply too much going on. It’s the same in any big city but I’m devoting this post to Sydney. So I’ve created a minimalist guide to art to get you through your visit. In case there’s any confusion this is not a guide to minimalist art, but a minimalist guide to experiencing art in Sydney. A way of making sense of all the options that will prevent you from feeling swamped with art choices. 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