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What visuals can tell us if we really look

shoe last wall

Wall of shoe lasts at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney

Instagram is a visually powerful medium. Anyone with the slightest interest in aesthetics will attest to that. I find it both compelling and strangely addictive. Being pummelled with one exquisite image after another has a potent effect on the eyes and brain.

Artists and designers have been fully on board with Instagram since its beginnings in 2010. It’s impossible to tell just how many are using Instagram, but a quick search through hashtags like #workinprogress (or #wip) #artiststudio #studio #contemporaryart #designlife #designing will give you an indication of what’s going on in this space. Many are using social media platforms like Instagram as part of their virtual studio practice.

As researchers like Gillian Rose have said, visuals, especially those generated by digital spaces, are now a massive part of our lives. How do we make sense of what’s happening in these places/spaces? Continue reading

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The minimalist guide to art in Melbourne

Dome reading room, State Library of Victoria

Melbourne is an amazing city. I left it to move to Sydney just two years ago and my heart still often wishes it was there. But enough of my nostalgic wistfulness. This post is about you and simplifying your Melbourne art visit. Hot on the heels of The minimalist guide to art in Sydney, this post uses similar strategies to set you up for a Melbourne cultural experience that won’t wear you out. Because as we all know, visiting a big city like Melbourne can leave you with too many options. Where do you start? And how do you begin to see all the art? Continue reading

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The minimalist guide to art in Sydney

Yang Xin Original

‘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

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