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In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

Sydney based artist Peter Sharp’s current exhibition ‘Eucalypt’ is rich in colour and material. Expressive and poetic, Sharp translates the Australian landscape into emotional abstractions.

Always starting with paper sketches, Sharp then translates to drawings, then to paintings, and then finally to sculptures. It’s so beautiful to see the whole process unfold in this show. The micro celebrations of our environmental fabric, Sharp focuses on the miniscule in his landscapes rather than our very vast horizons.

His earthy tones are highlighted with lilac, dirty pinks and sky blue. Chalky and milky in texture they are wonderful compositions of biomorphic forms. You get a sense of his intense love for this country through his work. Abstracted moments capturing flora on paper, canvas, and totem, ‘Eucalypt’ is a beautiful reminder of this extraordinarily abundant island that we camp on.

Peter Sharp ‘Eucalypt’
Liverpool Street Gallery
2 Liverpool Street East Sydney 2010
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
Until 30th October 2014

Credits: Courtesy of the artist & Liverpool Street Gallery

OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp ‘Eucalypt’

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

Sydney-based artist John Nicholson’s new body of work ‘Breaking House’ is a psychedelic study of fractured form and carefully measured colour-stacks extruded to redefine and animate their framed parameters.

Nicholson’s use of highly saturated coloured polymers and pigmented Perspex are a scientific study of light and colour, a visual movement of sound and vibration. Stand-alone or wall hung sculptural interplays connect and harmonise, pulling the guest through the exhibition.

They are architectural optical art, at once minimalist and pop futuristic. We love the timber frames in ‘Two Way’ and ‘Double Jam’, calming notions of building blocks their balance only made possible by the asymmetric angled blades of colour. Nicholson’s ‘Atrium’ is a dreamy conceptual vision.

John Nicholson ‘Breaking House’
Sophie Gannon Gallery
2 Albert Street Richmond VIC 3121
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
or by appointment
Until 8th November 2014

Credits: Images courtesy of the artist and Sophie Gannon Gallery

OUT/ABOUT: John Nicholson ‘Breaking House’

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

Australian artist Dale Frank’s latest exhibition ‘Toby Jugs’ at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, is an expansive dreamscapes of colour and movement and a wild celebration of the unknown.

There are so many alluring components to Frank’s work. Glossy varnish is manipulated to create complex amalgamations, almost infinite in their intricacy. Portholes to the conscious and subconscious, conjuring up past memories and the future unknown, they are bewildering and spellbinding objects. There is a serenity in all that explosion of colour, contrary in their loudness, they are hushed and soothing in their materiality and detail.

‘Toby Jugs’ is a skewing of the real, a slight deformation in all that glossy perfection. This is not a show to quickly pop into, but one to get truly lost within.

Dale Frank ‘Toby Jugs’
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
8 Soudan Lane (off Hampden Street), Paddington NSW
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday from 11am – 6pm
Until 4th October 2014

Credits: Images courtesy of the artists and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

OUT/ABOUT: Dale Frank ‘Toby Jugs’

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

From her studio in Whale Beach in the north beaches of Sydney, artist Lisa Lapointe works in colour pencils to create spiritual visuals and bold emblems in saturated colours. Having worked with some of the best in the fashion industry she is now concentrating solely on her own art practice. Her series ‘Behind The Sun’ is currently exhibiting at Modern Times on Smith Street in Fitzroy.

As the collection’s name suggests, each piece represents a story layered with spiritual and tribal iconography. This is an age-old language, one that has no verbal barriers. Contrasted with a strong and sunny colour palette, Lapointe’s drawings are directly linked to personal experience and the representations of the fragility of life and all the emotions that accompany our existence.

LaPointe’s large-scale drawings are painstakingly detailed and although the linework is confidentially precise, the in-fills and horizons are made up from fine individual lines, almost fingerprints of the artist. The very nature of her mark-making, the meditative quality of her very obvious labour of love is spiritual in sentiment and practice.

Lapointe puts it best, “When you work with something so much you become incredibly intimate with it. It can take months for me to complete a work. Each section that I work on is initially raw in color – as the days/ weeks go by the color settles finding its place in the past – just like everything in life.”

Lisa Lapointe ‘Behind The Sun’
Modern Times
311 Smith Street, Fitzroy VIC
Monday – Friday from 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
Until 31st August 2014

Credits: Modern Times & Lisa Lapointe

OUT/ABOUT – Lisa LaPointe ‘Behind The Sun’

In/Out : Omar Sosa

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

Studio Omar Sosa is a Barcelona-based graphic studio headed by the man himself, Omar Sosa.

Sosa’s ‘Still Life’ series credit the everyday objects that decorate our daily life. White porcelain identities, timber tempos, glass starbursts, marble graphics, wax cities, bread acrobats, tape totems and brick highrises – we are once again reminded of how grouping of like can change the ordinary to the inspiring.

Sosa is one of the makers of the remarkable ‘everyday life interiors magazine’ Apartamento which celebrates living spaces made from living, not decorating. It is no wonder that he has a head for all that is honest and humble yet visually invigorating.

Credits: Omar Sosa

Omar Sosa ‘Still Life’

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

Now this is a true Friday Musings. Imagine our utter delight at discovering these beauties from Italian artist and illustrator, Frederico Babina. It is the ultimate imagining of art as architecture, and architecture as art. Archist is a playful interpretation of the expressive language and aesthetic of some of the most popular artists.

Babina says, “Art and architecture are disciplines that speak and lightly touch each other, the definition and function of the architecture are changing constantly with the development of contemporary art. In this exercise of style I took pleasure imagining architecture steeped of art, designed and constructed through the interpretation of an artist’s language… It is easy to find the art hidden behind an architectural shape or see reflected a geometry of a building painted on a canvas. It is impossible to conceive of the history of art in exclusion from that of architecture.”

Credits: Federico Babina

Friday Musings: Archist City

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

“Terraforming is the deliberate manipulation of an environment to make it capable of sustaining life.”

Cast concrete sculptures teeming with life, Jamie North’s totems are a study of the build environment versus flora. They are poetic symbols of the organic in stark contrast. One is mined from the earth and processed for humankind’s everlasting industrialisation playing host to the other, which is raw and wild peeking round corners in perpetual growth. And this is not the first time North’s works have been feature on In/Out, inspiring a Palette: Concrete Jungle earlier this year.

Jamie North started his profession as a photographer but his obsession with native plants and their survival in somewhat hostile environments soon started tipping the balance between mediums. Now you’re more likely to find him sourcing grit and rubble to mix and mold than with a lens in his hands.

The commanding photos of hauntingly weathered mountains are actually images of slag, the by-product of steel production in North’s hometown of Newcastle. This is the charcoal honeycomb aggregate distinctive in the body of his concrete totems. Broken down over time they become food for their guests as nutritious as volcanic ash.

Spellbinding, there is something reminiscent of the Japanese art of ikebana or bonsai in the quiet harmony of these lyrical statues. A certain part of your soul really really wants to take one home to permeate your world and make everything ok.

We bid farewell as North sets out to the USA, getting his hands dirty from LA to Pennsylvania realising his NSW Visual Arts Fellowship for Emerging Artists residency. We can’t wait to see what this fertile journey grows.

OUT/ABOUT: Jamie North ‘Terraforms’
Sarah Cottier Gallery
23 Roylston St, Paddington NSW
Tuesday – Sunday from 11am – 6pm
Until 5th July 2014

Credits: Courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

OUT/ABOUT: Jamie North ‘Terraforms’

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

Miranda Skoczek is a lady who needs no introduction and it is with such joy that we are delighted to announce her new show at Koskela in Sydney ‘Antiquities to Psychedelia’. We enjoyed a Chat in a Chair with Skoczek late last year and we continue our captivation with her pattern and colour-crazed world of beauty.

Once again, we are bowled over by the delights of Skoczek’s beautifully layered works of abstracted shapes and whimsical subjects. Thick blocks of stenciled colour are layered over subtle washes of Skoczek’s signature milky gelato tones and iconic motifs of ancient cultures. Roman coins, Greek urns and Egyptian pharoahs are woven into compositions of re-occuring decoratively hatted gods, snakes, statues and winged horses.

There is a naivety and an innocence to this collection, a softer palette which we haven’t yet seen in Skoczek’s work. It is delicate but powerful. It is ancient and contemporary. It is the creation of a beautifully rendered, effervescent world where ancient visions weave through the richness of Miranda’s imagination and explode out in paint and collage. Is is a celebration of Skoczek’s collected objects, her fantasies and nostalgic reflections of travels far and wide.

Her works beckon us all to celebrate dreams and treasures of our very own.

Miranda Skoczek ‘Antiquities to Psychedelia’
Koskela
1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW
Tuesday – Sunday from 10.30am – 6pm
Until 25th May 2014

Credits: Miranda Skoczek

Out/About: Miranda Skoczek ‘Antiquities to Psychedelia’

In/Out - Laurence Aëgerter: Hermitage, The Modernists

In/Out - Laurence Aëgerter: Hermitage, The Modernists

In/Out - Laurence Aëgerter: Hermitage, The Modernists

In/Out - Laurence Aëgerter: Hermitage, The Modernists

In/Out - Laurence Aëgerter: Hermitage, The Modernists

In/Out - Laurence Aëgerter: Hermitage, The Modernists

In/Out - Laurence Aëgerter: Hermitage, The Modernists

In/Out - Laurence Aëgerter: Hermitage, The Modernists

In/Out - Laurence Aëgerter: Hermitage, The Modernists

Laurence Aëgerter is a wonderfully intriguing conceptual artist. French born, Amsterdam based she engages her audience connecting the past masters to the present viewer contemporalising these iconic works. Becoming the voyager of the viewer; your stance is their stance and like a mirrored room you become another layer of the portal.

‘Hermitage, The Modernists’ were first realised in 2010 with after hour assistance from the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam enabling Aëgerter to concentrate on achieving the right dialogue between the paintings and her subjects. She had carefully scouted visitors from the museum wearing their own clothes and using the existing lighting she at once achieves a sense of curiosity of the space obstructed whilst obtaining a perfect balance between old and new. The beauty of this project is that it came full circle and in February when ‘Modernists & More’ was exhibited at the Hermitage.

If you look into Laurence Aëgerter’s art practice you will find that a thread of history is always present. Her works are well researched, intellectual and beautifully articulated. Do your self a favour and take the time to look her up.

Credits: Laurence Aëgerter

Laurence Aëgerter: Hermitage, The Modernists

In Out - Michael Cusack: Axiom

In Out - Michael Cusack: Axiom

In Out - Michael Cusack: Axiom

In Out - Michael Cusack: Axiom

In Out - Michael Cusack: Axiom

In Out - Michael Cusack: Axiom

In Out - Michael Cusack: Axiom

In Out - Michael Cusack: Axiom

In Out - Michael Cusack: Axiom

In Out - Michael Cusack: Axiom

In Out - Michael Cusack: Axiom

Michael Cusack’s canvases from his latest exhibition ‘Axiom‘ are like abstract parties, forms filled with personality in intimate gatherings or independent – a tension in their distance, shy, or indifferent to one another.

Playful yet considered they have that simple balance that is so hard to achieve. Using mixed mediums he layers, scratches, scuffs and reworks until their warmth and textural qualities are harmonious. You can easily imagine how his palette of deep colours, charcoal and neutral pastels could influence an interior.

Although he now lives in Byron Bay we feel that his Irish upbringing had swayed him towards these moody earthl tones.

If you want to feast your eyes in person and draw your own conclusions be sure to visit Martin Browne Contemporary before 27th April.

Michael Cusack ‘Axiom’
Martin Browne Contemporary
15 Hampden Street, Paddington NSW 2021
Tuesday – Sunday from 10.30am – 6pm

Credits: Martin Browne Contemporary

OUT/ABOUT: Michael Cusack ‘Axiom’

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