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Kusama for $1000!

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The annual MCA Bella Dinner will soon be held in Sydney.  An annual event, the dinner also hosts a prize draw which costs $1000 to enter, but entrants are guaranteed to win one of 30 fine contemporary pieces. This year they even have a Kusama in the mix (see below).

The Kusama is by far the most valuable piece – and a stunning work in its own right – but for sheer beauty,whimsy and originality, my favourite has to be the Lionel Bawden sculpture made from coloured Staedtler pencils (above).

You can view all the works here.  If you want to enter, you’d better be quick, as the draw is notorious for selling out before you can say “Bargain”.

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Posted by on August 7, 2009 in art, contemporary, looking

 

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Lies, Damned Lies: Louisa Bufardeci

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Mark Twain once proclaimed, “There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and statistics”.  Louisa Bufardeci explores this theme in her latest exhibition at MCA Sydney.

Bufardeci has always been interested in how statistics are able to succinctly portray a picture of the world at large.  Her work draws equal attention to inequity and diversity around the world, covering topics such as the mix of different religions in Sydney (on now at the MCA), to the direction of international aid funding for developing countries (Team Joy, shown above), to population movements (Ground Plan, below centre).

The artist’s works use playful, naive colour pallette, yet the colours often depict portray sobering statistics.  The audience gets the sense they are but a grain in the sand that is global population, and the anonymity is both liberating and overwhelming.

Check out more of Louisa’s work via her website.

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Posted by on July 24, 2009 in art, contemporary, looking

 

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Kirsty Bruce on Feminism

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Drawing and illustration rarely floats my boat.  I find that, more than any other genre, this style of art tends to focus more on technical ability and less on telling a story or send a message.  To me, art without meaning is like fairy floss – pretty to look at, sweet to taste, but not a lot of substance.

Australian illustrator Kirsty Bruce is an exception.  Bruce is now exhibiting as part of the I Walk The Line: New Australian Drawing currently exhibiting at MCA Sydney, and has exhibited at Boutwell Draper.  Bruce’s work differs from many of her contemporaries for its liberal use of colour, and her young perspective on female oppression and equality through symbols such as  finishing schools, cheerleading squads, beauty contests and the like.  Bruce draws the subject into sharp focus by avoiding any backgrounds or embellishments, as if it were cut from the pages of a magazine.  In doing so, she is also commenting on how modern media’s notion of ‘beauty’ and ‘perfection’ constricts rather than liberates females.

This is technically masterful, intellectual work that forms an important reminder that feminism still has a long way to go before achieving true equality.

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Posted by on May 10, 2009 in art, illustration, looking

 

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