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19 11 2009

Broccoli is so Afro

Last time in iColumn, I wrote about Tokidoki, the Japanese inspired lifestyle designer brand.  Another favourite contemporary artist/ design brand is Jeremyville.

Jeremyville is an artist, product designer, animator and human. He is the creator of a design brand, also called Jeremyville.  With its unique, special world and funny, imaginative characters, the world of Jeremyville is like a vivid and colourful dream.

On the Jeremyville website, http://www.jeremyville.com/home/jeremyville_home.html  , which I sincerely hope you visit, as it is really inspirational and fun, you can view all his works and cartoons. The cartoons are imaginative and very clever, and, though deceptively simple, they really make you think.  What Jeremyville says about  his comics is this-

I  want these comic stories to mean whatever the reader puts into it. My interpretations are just the thoughts of one person. I want the reader to add their own narrative to these sparse landscapes. Like a poem, the reader can add to it what they wish, and take from it everything, or nothing. Even though at first appearance they appear simply drawn, I put a lot of time into making them very restrained, and as simple as possible.

Like modernist architecture, only the barest of essentials is included to create the space, the framework is evident, and without ornamentation. Form follows function. I like these stories to be looked at slowly, and with contemplation. I’d like you to spend time on each frame, as you would spend time reading each word of a poem carefully.”

All of Jeremyvilles characters are unique and special, and they all have something to say- Usually in his artworks they have a speech bubble with a quirky little message on them, such as “ broccoli is so afro”.

Jeremyville produces artworks, cartoons, toys, t-shirts, bags, shoes, and just about everything else you can think of. Jeremyville, the artist, has written and produced the first book in the world on designer toys, called ‘Vinyl Will Kill’. It was published by IdN, and interviewing people like Fafi, Sarah from Colette, Baseman, Biskup, Pete Fowler, Jason Siu, Kinsey and Kozik.

Jeremyville has initiated the ‘sketchel’ custom art satchel project with Genevieve Gauckler, Gary Baseman, and around 800 other artists.

His latest book is called ‘Jeremyville sessions’, featuring collaborations with Geoff McFatridge, Miss Van, Devilrobots, MTV, Adidas, and more.

Jeremyville has worked with clients such as Coca Cola, MTV, Kidrobot, Adidas, and others and has appeared in many design and style magazines.

He splits his time between studios is Sydney and New York City.  He collects rare t-shirts, sneakers, toys and denim, and there was recently a Converse x Jeremyville shoe released, in late 2008. I really recommend you take a look at the website, even if you are just bored and have nothing to do, as it really is fun and interesting to look at all of his work, and at the comic strips as well.



By Giulia


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Flags, Maps, Economics and a Whole Lot of Colour

14 09 2009

A Snapshot of the MCA & Louisa Bufardeci

Venturing into Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art is a rare, yet very enjoyable experience for me. I had the pleasure of visiting the gallery on August 29th, to witness some of the new works that that have been presented.

Walking into the foyer, I find myself already in the midst of Louisa Bufardeci’s Some Material Flags, suspended from the ceiling. Although taken aback at the sheer scale of the flags, the seeming simplistic method of which they have been put together at first puts its audience at ease.
However, I later discover there is a complex key to the flags, the different symbols all representing different factors of an economy, such as money, life and death, etc.

As you enter the floor of the full exhibition you encounter something of a fork in the road. To your left, the works seem a little distant, until you notice the many other small nooks and crannies on either side. To your right you are met with an enticing explosion of colour, Bufardeci’s Team Joy; a dazzling, yet worryingly fragile installation.

More of Bufardeci’s work is displayed in a room just next to the colourful corridor. A momentous image covers one wall, a collection of every country in the world, drawn up as architectural plan. The other wall is less bombarding, displaying Recent Plan for Equal Distribution of Equality and portraying the connections between many countries in different ways, for example, the internet. A mass of pink and yellow swiggles and shapes at first glance, but on closer inspection, an intricate maze of statistics and information.

This is just a tiny snapshot of some of the work that is currently on display at the MCA, and hopefully some encouragement to get out there and immerse yourself in an elaborate, splendorous environment.


Louisa Bufardeci Team Joy 2004 mixed media installation, acrylic paint on wood and nails, adhesive labels information sourced from http://www.cia.gov dimensions variable Image courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney © the artist Originally commissioned by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art for Cycle Tracks will Abound in Utopia, 2004


10 09 2009
Salvador DALÍ Self Portrait

Salvador DALÍ Self Portrait

The National Gallery of Victoria is currently hosting Liquid Desire, an exhibition of surrealist Salvidor Dali’s artwork. The exhibition captures almost of the art making period of Dali’s life, ranging from works he created from as young as fourteen. It is apparently the first time a collection like this has been shown in Australia ever before. “Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire brings together more than 200 stunning works by Salvador Dalí in all media including painting, drawing, watercolour, etchings, sculpture, fashion, jewellery, cinema and photography.” (1)


Surrealism was part of a new era of art making. Artists were becoming bored with the repetitive, tradition styles that had aged over the centuries. 
Now, instead of attempting to visually recreate an environment in exact and pretentious methods, the emerging surrealist artists crafted environments
that did not require logic, nor sense. The laws of nature, and of reality
 no longer applied and the mysterious workings of the deeper, more abstracts thoughts of man gained control over sense and sensibility.

Salvidor Dali was one of the first surrealist artists. As a young teenager, he began painting coastal landscapes, and fishing areas, based on the area he lived at as a child. As he grew older his work and his style slowly became defined as he experimented with abstract,
circuitous concepts. He was invited to join the art and proceeded to become one of the most renowned artists in the world.

 The exhibition began on June 14th and is set to conclude on October 4th this year.








It’s a small, small, small world

10 09 2009
2008 First prize winner- Michael Stringer- Marine Diatoms

2008 First prize winner- Michael Stringer- Marine Diatoms

Each year, Nikons Small World Contest showcases big photographs of small things. During the past 34 years, Nikon has sponsored the International Small World competition, boasting excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

An optical microscope is a type of microscope which uses visible light and a system of lenses to magnify images of small samples. It allows you to see tiny things which you could never see with the naked eye.

The Nikon Small World contest consists of photographs of tiny life forms and organisms, for example, in the 2008 Small World contest, the images entered where of specimens of insects, recrystallised chemicals and biochemical’s, fluorescently labelled tissue sections, plants, various microorganisms, liquid crystals, and fibres.

Other artists showcased in the exhibition include Michael Stringer, Paul Marshall and Albert Tousson. The judges for the 2008 contest where Ivan Oransky (Scientific American), Alice Park (Time magazine), David L. Spector (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), Ron Sturm (CTLGroup), and Michael W. Davidson (Florida State University).

The first prize for winning the competition is $ 3, 000 toward the purchase of Nikon equipment, and an invitation to attend an awards presentation ceremony in New York City as Nikons special guest.  The deadline for entries is April 30, 2010, and you can upload your entries online at http://www.microscopyu.com/smallworld/registration/entrypage1.aspx for the 2010 Nikon Small World Competition.  Good luck! 


References- http://www.bing.com/?FORM=Z9FD1





27 08 2009
The Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has recently extended its hours on Wednesday nights to 9pm, for an evening of talks and lectures, from esteemed artists with expertise in certain genres as well as live performances, films and the normal exhibitions. This after hours concept draws much appeal to the gallery as there is a bar and themed-meals menu available all night to accompany the fine arts on display. The gift shop and research library are also open until 9 pm, perfect for those of you who can’t access the facilities during the day due to work or other responsibilities.

 The food and drink, plus the introduced performances and interactive installations create a smooth, peaceful and flexible way to view the exhibitions with not only art, but artists and an artistic atmosphere. The spacious design is ideal for this sort of integrated scene and the evening themed meals suit the mood created as well as the audience present. Transportation is organised with buses from the gallery back to Martin Place every 15 minutes. Parking is available and there is generous lighting so there is no need to worry about a dimly lit scramble to get home. The gallery encompasses all the different expressions of art with ease and style. A unique incorporation of art, opinions on art, informative yet entertaining videos and presentations, and contemporary takes on traditional art, co-exist in this new program.

 These innovative Wednesday nights bring the conventional method of viewing art into the future with a culturally rich night of all senses experiencing and being inspired and intrigued by what the gallery has to offer. The performances and videos invite the audience to think and re- think the exhibitions and their meanings and put a questionative perspective on the viewing of all the art on display. This makes the audience more inclined to have a unique interpretation and more involved in what they are seeing, hearing and learning. It is an almost faultless job done by the New South Wales Gallery, to entice and impress the artistic community and those who aspire to be inspired.

By Samantha