David Hockney: Current

British artist David Hockney showcases his latest collection of electronically created artwork at his self-titled exhibition David Hockney: Current at the renowned National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). This vibrant exhibition will be held till the 13th March 2017.

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IPad drawing 2011-2016

Upon entry numerous IPad drawn pictures line the walls filled with vibrant colours to create portraits and landscapes. Hockney says the use of his IPad allows him the freedom to expand his canvas further sharing how there is no other median like drawing on a glass screen.

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IPhone Drawings, 2009-2011, digital animation of the drawings coming to life

One series called 82 portraits & 1 still life was particularly eye-catching, this series took Hockney two years to complete. His portraits captured a true understanding of his subjects in his painterly brush stroke style. There was also a reoccurring theme of the outdoors in his paintings with trees being a major subject matter creating a very peaceful vibe within the exhibition space.

 

 

 

His painting style is quite intricate; the use of alternating line thickness allows small details to be layered upon the surface, which is very pleasing to the eye. He also follows an analogous colours scheme, specifically present in his landscape drawings, as the colours are not overpowering creating a still harmony.

Hockney’s colourful exhibition explores art through multimedia installations. It was fascinating watching time lapses of his drawings on an IPad showing his pictures coming to life stroke by stroke.

 David Hockney: Current is definitely worth a visit for those who are interested in seeing radiant artwork created in a new form. It’s a very innovative and original exhibition as it demonstrates an alternate use of technology, which is refreshing in today’s society.

G i r l h o o d Art Show

Last weekend I was unfortunate enough to miss the opening night of the Girlhood Art Show at The Old Bar located in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Luckily, I had the afternoon free the following day to see the show and witness the empowering and inspiring artwork from local artists around Melbourne.

The Old Bar is an intimate venue with a very relaxed vibe. I especially loved the numerous pieces of artwork scatted amongst the bar walls. It hosts many musical gigs allowing you the pleasure of watching live music and buying reasonably priced drinks which is always a bonus.

Upstairs stood the Girlhood Art Show within an intimate room with white painted walls, dressed with various artworks from paintings, prints and installations demonstrating what it means and feels like to be a female in today’s society.

 

 

I especially loved the multicolored flowers draping from the ceiling creating a very feminine almost rustic vibe to the space which overall set a calming ambience for the exhibition. Everyone involved deserves much praise as it was a wonderful afternoon spent.

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Girlhood Art Show floor space. Photo: Celeste Marinelli

 

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John Olsen: The You Beaut Country

Early this month I saw John Olsen’s latest exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) called John Olsen: The You Beaut Country. The exhibition was showcased from September 16th to February 17th of this year.

Olsen is a widely renowned Australian artist as he plays a major part in defining Australian art history. John Olsen: The You Beaut Country exhibition celebrated Olsen’s free flowing and energetic painting style, inspired by the Australian landscape.

 

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‘The bicycle boys rejoice’ 1955.
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‘People who live in Victoria Street’ 1960.

Upon entry I was immediately greeted by bright coloured artworks, beginning from his earlier works and continuing on a journey through to his more recent creations. His art style is very distinctive with his bold painting strokes following a theme of lines spiraling into many directions creating various shapes of landscapes and animals. His works combined of oil and water colour paintings as well as colourful tapestries and pottery.

 

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‘The procession’ 1960.

My personal favorite moment of the exhibition was laying down on a couch and looking up to the ceiling, hung above me were huge canvases filled with various multicolored squiggles creating intricate shapes causing my eye to spot different images as I gazed around the canvas. My friend and I spent a while discussing what we had spotted keeping the moment very entertaining as well feeling quite peaceful and relaxed.

I loved the exhibition and was super glad to catch it before it ended!

200 Years of Australian Fashion History

Recently I visited the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) to see their current exhibition 200 Years of Australian Fashion History. This exhibition was held during Melbourne Fashion Week and will continue until the 31st July near Melbourne’s iconic Fed Square.

As soon as I entered the exhibition I was welcomed into a calming space with fashion images projected upon flowing draped fabric, the excitement stirred inside me as I was eager to continue my stroll through the decades. Beginning in 1805 and making my way through the fashion evolution my eyes were immersed in various textured fabrics from silk to velvet, embroidered crystal gowns to bedazzled sequin bodysuits, fitted silhouettes to baggy oversized street wear.

The curation was portrayed clearly and beautifully as each space I entered I was welcomed amongst a new decade. I loved how the early 1940’s fashion was displayed within a pale rose painted room upon a whimsical lace printed carpet complimented further with striking gold rimmed vintage mirrors. As I continued my journey into the 60’s I was greeted by bright fluorescent mannequins standing upon a bed of pastel pink roses and bright yellow daisies. The 70’s screamed drama and glamour as the designs were presented on flamboyant posing mannequins in the midst of a brightly lit disco dance floor. Each era felt like a flashback not only with the fashion but with how thoughtfully they were displayed in their own time capsule spaces.

Many Australian designers had their creations on show including the colourful creations of Jenny Kee, elegant gowns by La Petite dress salon in Collins Street Melbourne, Prue Acton’s glorious trendsetting mix and match 60’s garments as well as Australian heavy weights  Carla Zampatti and Alannah Hill.

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Evening bodice by Mrs Eeles made in 1900 from satin
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Silk, ostrich features, tulle and glass beads are combined to create this unique blue evening dress by La Petite, Melbourne in 1959
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Vibrant sixties welcome with mini dress by Prue Acton in 1966
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Flamingo Park collection by Jenny Kee in the 1970’s
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1970’s display lit up the room
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My absolute favorite design from the exhibition by DI$COUNT UNIVER$E, the bodysuit made in 2011 with sequins. The label has also designed custom garments for Katy Perry

Overall a truly inspiring exhibition that is absolutely worth a visit and definitely one for the self confessed fashion lover.

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