Music Video Frenzy in Melbourne

ACMI Exhibition Centre

Whilst walking around enjoying the city life in Melbourne we both stumbled upon an exhibition center in Federation Square, ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), it looked pretty interesting as they were having an exhibition on called ‘The Spectacle – the music video exhibition’ and I have such a huge love for the imagination that goes in to making a music video.

They have a general section that is open to the public for FREE open everyday, that explores moving image, its history and the impact it has had on the world. There was so much to interact with from making your own sound effects to a video to creating visual effects using your body and anyone from children to adults would find themselves engaged for hours. Sean was excited about two things, the fact they had games consoles for the public to play (ps3 withdrawal) and the chance to recreate your own matrix bullet time moment – click here to see ours Video 1 and Video Two.

The most interesting thing we saw out of it all though had to be the frame by frame animation which if you can picture about 5 rows of plastic models and each model was lined up in a circle (30 replicas)but each model was positioned slightly different. Music plays and the whole piece spins around and it gets faster, at this point it’s all a blur until a strobe light comes on making everything appear slightly slower which gives the effect of the models jumping/running/dancing. It was really awesome to see it all come together.

Spectacle – the music video exhibition 26/09 – 23/02/14

I was really looking forward to this exhibition as this is what I enjoyed whilst studying media. The exhibition which is open daily cost us $15/$10 concession. We could take photos but weren’t allowed to film as the videos were copyrighted.

There were screens with headphones at every turn and each screen had a selection of videos although annoyingly enough you couldn’t choose a video you had to just watch in the order. First few videos were historical, first music videos recorded, animated films with music and innovative artists such as Bob Dylan, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Music videos today are an art form of there own, they create a story that makes them like miniature movies and the cinematography creates beautiful effects that make videos just as or more enjoyable then the music itself. We saw how video artists used lights and shadows to create effects, how digital design and animation has become a style favoured by the likes of The White Stripes and Junior Senior to emote a fun, childlike feeling in us all.

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The future for music videos is bright and so many new ideas are becoming influential, artist such as Radiohead are jumping on board making videos that are interactive so the line between video director and the viewer is becoming blurred. Also with social media we saw a lot of parody videos in the exhibition that recreated an artist’s video but using own footage with a comical twist – watch ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic – Smells like Nirvana.

I was so excited to see some of Michel Gondrys work (The White Stripes, The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk) as well as Spike Jonzes work (Bjork and Fatboy Slim). We also saw music videos we had not seen from artists we knew or didn’t know that made an impression such as Royksopp/The Knife‘s ‘What else is there?‘ and INXS ‘What you need‘ and some home grown talent from Australian artists – Gotye, INXS, The Temper Trap and Nick Cave..

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There was plenty of set designs around the exhibition – The Chemical Brothers – ‘Let Forever Be‘ featuring a repetitive mirror sequence (genius), The White Stripes Lego blocks as seating and A-has ‘Take On Me‘ animation inspired area which meant that visitors could impress their friends with their new Facebook profile pic…I did. Overall the exhibition was a real pleaser, we recommend it for not only music lovers but for something to do when you are bored due to the amount of fun you can have and we enjoyed every minute just a shame we couldn’t see all the videos we loved.

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Hello Melbourne

Above our heads the seatbelt light was flashing, everyone buckled up and shortly after that it was touchdown. We had arrived in Melbourne! Due to it being a domestic flight everything went pretty quickly in the airport we were reunited with our luggage and jumped straight onto a shuttle bus which dropped us outside our accommodation.

For the next two nights me and Ash were staying at Space Hotel. This is the best hostel style accommodation we have stayed in to date. It was $85 a night for a double room, very clean and modern. The toilet and shower facilities were shared but very clean and there was plenty of them. The shared kitchen was very spacious with plenty of cooking utensils and cooker hobs. There was also an outdoor balcony and indoor dining tables. Within the building there was also a nice little gym and movie lounge. To top it of there was a nice area on the rooftop for kicking back and enjoying the city view as well as a jacuzzi. We dumped our luggage in our room then went out to explore Melbourne.

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Hosier Lane was a short walk from Space and enticed us with its graffiti covered walls. It’s become a very popular tourist spot due to the ever changing artwork covering the walls. It would be a great place for a fashion shoot, everywhere you look there is colour. Some of the graffiti had been freshly done and the smell of spray paint was still lingering. Our first  impressions of Melbourne was “cool” it was certainly a quirky, hip place to be. We already had an idea of the size difference compared to Perth, it is a much bigger city. Bigger buildings and bold statements everywhere, some of the architecture was awesome. There’s a mix of old and new such as the abstract shapes of buildings surrounding Federation Square and the older buildings such as Flinders Station.
We chilled out in Fed Square and watched the sunset behind Flinders Station. The sky had a beautiful pink and orange hue to it.

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Perth and WA is always going to be special to me. I’m glad we spent nearly 5 months there as we experienced so much and met some great people. We have so much more yet to see and have not regretted anything.

Graffiti and Street Art – Perth & Fremantle

I’ve always had a soft spot for street art and graffiti when done well. A few years back when me and Ash went to London we had a little Banksy treasure hunt. We managed to find quite a lot of his work including a fresh one which had only been there for a day or two and sadly is no more, but made it an even better find.

Since being in Perth we’ve both noticed a lot of street art whilst wandering around various suburbs. The Yok and Stormie Mills are two of my favourite street artists whose work can be found around Australia.

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The above pictures were taken on Grand Lane in Perth. The first 3 images are by Timothy Rollin’ I love the different characters. The next 3 images are of a mural by Bonsai and Twoone (Scott Neoh and Hiroyasu Tsuri).

The above photo’s were taken on Howard Lane, Perth. The first 2 images are by Stormie Mills. The others are by The Yok.

There is another Stormie Mills on Prince Lane. Ololo in Northbridge. Wolf Lane also has some great street art.

Street Gallery can be found in Northbridge with various street art covering the outside of the building.

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More from Stormie Mills and The Yok in Freo.

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Here’s a few more from various places. The first image is by the artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers another of my favourites. There are plenty more graffiti spots around Perth just need to keep your eyes open.

Checkout some of these websites of named artists:

Kyle Hughes-Odgers http://kylehughesodgers.com/
Stormie Mills http://stormiemills.com/
The Yok http://www.theyok.com/
Timothy Rollin’ http://timothyrollin.wordpress.com/
Twoone http://twooneelephant.com/

While your at it if you want to see some more awesome street art checkout my board on pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/elvishendrix/street-art-graffiti/

Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol & Van Gogh – Art in the City

Van Gogh, Dalí and Beyond: The World Reimagined

22 June – 2 December 2013 – Perth Art Gallery, Northbridge WA

This was a visit we did before we moved in to our current home, so about mid June. I’m not sure why we didn’t get around to doing a post about Perth’s Art Gallery exhibition but I have decided to do one now because it was a really good exhibition, showcasing some of the world’s most iconic paintings by Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo.

The first painting we got to see was Van Gogh ‘s ‘The Olive Trees’ 1889 – very iconic

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Balthus’s, ‘Joan Miro and His Daughter Dolores’ 1937-38

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Michael Craig-Martin

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One of my new favourite artists, he has a technical design style which I love and the colours are great, I have a passion for pop art and this reminds me of this style very much.

Frida Kahlo’s, ‘Self Portrait with Cropped Hair’ 1940

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This is a really great piece especially as there’s a story behind it that many people can translate to, following her divorce from Rivera, Frida chops her hair off and wears his suit to allow for a male role but wearing her earring and heels she maintains her femininity. Also the text around the frame is a Mexican song translated says: ‘look if I loved you it was because of your hair. Now that you are without hair, I don’t love you anymore.’ All in the name of art.

Salvador Dali had numerous pieces but this being the most popular,

Salvador Dali, ‘Illumined Pleasures’ 1929

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I won’t try to explain his reasoning behind his art as let’s face it its surrealism at its best. I love the styles loo e of work though and sean was so excited to see his paintings up close, being his favorite artist.

I was excited to see Andy Warhols work but was bit disappointed there wasn’t more, the piece that was exhibited though was one of my favorites, Elvis Presley Screen print.

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I love this piece as I’m like the coolness of Elvis Presley and I have a passion for the silk screen technique too. The piece was huge and got Sean to take my picture next to it, yay.

Here’s a few images of some paintings I found visually pleasing, hope you enjoy them too and feel free to leave a comment too.

Chuck Close, ‘Elizabeth’s 1989

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Another artist I had not heard of before this exhibition, Chuck Close. This piece really stood out, not just because of the sheer size but you see it in two ways. When you stand up close you see all these different colored paint strokes and its hypnotic but then when you take a step back you get to take in the whole picture, all the multi colored brush strokes make up this amazing portrait of a lady.


Frantisek Julia, ‘Mme Kupka among Verticles’ 1910-1911

An art piece we both saw in the gallery downstairs that we both thought was amazing was a piece by John Dr Andrea, ‘Allegory: After Courbet’ 1988
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We first entered the gallery space and I thought it was a real life installation piece but on closer inspection they weren’t real, they were so realistic especially due to the fact that they were dressed in real clothing. I will be checking out his other work so should you.

Exhibitions: Mekel Fashion Illustration & Beyond The Pale Rock Posters

Mekel: Perths Fashion Week @ Tu, Northbridge

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Found out that one of the illustrators I follow on instagram, Mekel aka Kelly Coates, was having an exhibition in Perth to celebrate Perth’s fashion week. I was tempted to go check out the opening night but decided on viewing her work minus the big crowd.

It was all based in a boutique store called Tu (French for you/yourself & Mandarin for painting/artform). The store itself is great, selling unique fashions and cute accessories that if I had the money I would buy. And out the back past the exhibition is a tiny cafe called Tea for Tu, which sells some nice food and coffee at a good price. These guys took part in the Northbridge Makeshift activity day (we shall post pics and a post about the Makeshift day).

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The exhibition was small but the work amazingly beautiful! Her style, strong with clean lines and amazing washes of water colours bursting out of the paper. I really like the positioning and quality of her pieces and would love to have one of these up in my home.

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The photos I took were not so great but I shall put them up to show you her work, but I would recommend either checking out her work online Mekel Illustration or follow her on instagram @mekel_illustration. Little did I know until after writing this blog that Kelly Coates has done artwork for a number of big branded companies, this is very impressive. Her clientele, to name but a few are: American Express, Cosmopolitan & Betts

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Anarchy Rock & Ink Posters, Beyond the Pale @ Fremantle Arts Centre

Sat 27th July-15th Sept

Beyond the pale was formed in 1996 by John Harris, an established group of Australian (and one American) artists,  who have since created artwork for some of the worlds biggest bands including: Kiss, The Rolling Stones, Queens of The Stoneage and Kings of Leon.

The artwork taking influence from the 1960s to the rebellious careful punk approach. Artists in this exhibition include: Rhys Cooper, Pat Fox, Daymon Greulich, Chris Grosz, Vance Kelly (USA), Ian McCausland, Craig Phillips, Graeme Webber, Joe Whyte and mine and Seans favourite, Ken Taylor.

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We took as many photos as we could take to show everyone what great work these guys created over the years for some iconic bands. Ken Taylor has a great design style and his imagination is on fire. I especially liked the Eagles of Death Metal, The Black Keys and Kings of Leon posters.

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Some great work and a great day for me and Sean. If you want to check them out and buy yourself some great prints click this link–> Beyond The Pale and why not check out more exhibitions at Fremantle Arts Centre

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Also at the Fremantle Arts Centre that day was a collaboration from Black Cat/Gato Negro, artists, anarchists and activists from 1978. There work very aggressive and definitely makes a statement for example one of the posters against abortion depicted a stick drawing of a lady with a coat hanger between her legs and the words ‘This is the enemy’.

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That was about all we could handle and so on we went to Little Creatures for a pint.

Out and about in Perth

Been a while since we last posted but me and Ash are both well and still having plenty of fun. Only 1 month to go until we leave Perth and head for Melbourne. Before we leave Perth there are still a few places we want to visit such as Rottnest island, Margaret river and Exmouth to name a few.

So what have we been up to since our last post?
Been out and about enjoying the sun although it has been a bit wet the past few days. It is winter here!
We’ve been to Fremantle yet again. Fremantle is probably my favourite place in Perth. We went to a few art exhibitions which Ash is currently writing about so watch this space.
We jumped on the train to Rockingham for the first time with a stroll along the foreshore. Nothing beats eating fish and chips looking out to sea.
When the sun came out me and Ash had a beautiful picnic in Kings Park enjoying the views. I also got a chance to try out my new camera lens and got a couple of cool close up shots which I will upload in a post soon.
On the weekend we went to Perth upmarket at Winthrop Hall. A great little market that happens every 3 months with plenty of quirky handmade goods and food stalls – tasty mini pies!

We have a few posts currently in the pipe line:

  • Ash’s Art post
  • Australian Tattoo Exhibition
  • Camera and close-up picture post
  • New Recipe post
  • Graffiti around Perth

So stay tuned! I’m going to stuff my face with brownies now and catch up with Dexter and Breaking Bad as it’s raining very heavily outside. Tonight we are off out into Northbridge with our housemates to eat WAFFLES!  It’s a hard life 🙂

 

The Australian Tattoo & Body Art Exhibition

On Saturday 7th September me and Ash decided to splash out $30 each and checkout the Australian Tattoo & Body Art Expo in Perth. We were promised a huge show with a tremendous amount of both homegrown and international artists, a wide range of exciting feature areas and a jam-packed entertainment schedule.

IMAG1677As soon as we walked in you could hear the buzzing from a load of tattoo machine guns. People were happily lying or sitting in all sorts of positions, getting inked by their chosen tattoo artist. One guy was wearing nothing but a pair of what looked like Sumo wrestler pants and having a tribal style tattoo covering his whole body. Most of the people looked calm and relaxed although we did see two people who looked like they were in pain, one of them was almost in tears. I’ve never had a tattoo done myself so am yet to experience the pain or pleasure conceived from having one. Apart from the obvious of people getting inked there were various market stalls, a bar area, stage, Sailor Jerry trailer and a few cars and motorcycles.

The only tattoo artist at the expo that I had heard of beforehand was Billy DeCola from NY Ink. Most of his work is Japanese inspired. After looking at all the tattoo artists on offer my favourites were Wade Johnston, Benjamin Laukis, Sandra Ovenden and Liz Hapi. Feel free to check them out.

We stayed there until the evening to get our moneys worth and watched the Sugar Blue Burlesque who were the main act on stage that night. I’ve only ever been to one burlesque show before but these girls were not on par. As wonderful it is to see some sexy ladies strip down to underwear and spinning nipple tassels it all seemed a bit rushed.

Overall we really enjoyed the day although feel the $30 entry fee was a bit steep for what there actually was. There wasn’t even any decent freebies and it seemed the pricing for having a tattoo done wasn’t any cheaper. It was an experience though and I got plenty of idea’s for tattoos for when I do actually decide on getting one. Everyone has there own opinion but I’d never get a spontaneous tattoo. After all it’s a form of art so I’d need to hand pick the artist and be happy that the design I choose is definitely what I want. Sooo MOM and DAD when you read this, don’t worry I haven’t got one YET but may do before I return home 😉