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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’

In Out - Palette: Marble Matters

In Out - Palette: Marble Matters

In Out - Palette: Marble Matters

In Out - Palette: Marble Matters

In Out - Palette: Marble Matters

In Out - Palette: Marble Matters

In Out - Palette: Marble Matters

Rich, honest, hardworking slabs of beauty! Nothing compares to the intricate details of history that are marble’s characteristics. Whether you’re Patricia Urquiola collaborating with Budri (Earthquake 5.9 – a whole other story!) on an elaborate exhibition or e15’s Enoki side table, marble resonates with something in the depth of our being.

It’s the way that light plays with stone that dazzles and puts it into the precious category, it’s the fault lines that are taken from this earth a huge rock in itself and then designed, crafted and delivered into your modern world that is wonderful. Classic and timeless, next time you use your benchtop or step into an ornate foyer marvel at its exquisite uniqueness.

It is, was and always will be hot property as it can lift the mundane to heavenly. We constantly look forward to visiting our marble suppliers to choose slabs for our clients, perks of the job, what a treat!

Credits:
1. Stone Object
2. Wit and delight, Lonny, Simple Lovely, Fort Standard, Wallpaper,
3. Emily Hadden Blog, Fiandre, I’m Revolting, Simple Lovely, FBCDN, The Future Perfect, Julien Renault Objects, Simple Lovely, Pinterest source unknown
4. Cats>Boysfriends, Mat and me, Studio Fludd, The Edinburgh Reporter
5. e15, Fort Standard, Identical Eye, Media Cache, Luxury Interior Design Journal
6. 2 of 3 things I know, Bozarthfornell, Artnau, Melbourne Tiles, Isabel Perdomo, Emmas Design Blog, Julien Renault Objects, My Vibe My Life, The Future Perfect

Palette: Marble Matters

OUT/ABOUT: CALDER & ABSTRACTION, FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICONIC

OUT/ABOUT: CALDER & ABSTRACTION, FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICONIC

OUT/ABOUT: CALDER & ABSTRACTION, FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICONIC

OUT/ABOUT: CALDER & ABSTRACTION, FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICONIC

OUT/ABOUT: CALDER & ABSTRACTION, FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICONIC

OUT/ABOUT: CALDER & ABSTRACTION, FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICONIC

OUT/ABOUT: CALDER & ABSTRACTION, FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICONIC

OUT/ABOUT: CALDER & ABSTRACTION, FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICONIC

OUT/ABOUT: CALDER & ABSTRACTION, FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICONIC

OUT/ABOUT: CALDER & ABSTRACTION, FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICONIC

OUT/ABOUT: CALDER & ABSTRACTION, FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICONIC

OUT/ABOUT: CALDER & ABSTRACTION, FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICONIC

OUT/ABOUT: CALDER & ABSTRACTION, FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICONIC

In/Out - 'Calder & Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic'

The USA has featured regularly in Arent&Pyke’s travel destinations lately both for work and for play. Late last year designer Dominique visited New York City and enjoyed an in-depth house tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. More recently Sarah-Jane took a 2 week sabbatical to LA and Palm Springs for Modernism Week and visited iconic and unforgettable architectural works scattered throughout the desert and the city.

While in LA, Sarah-Jane visited a truly captivating retrospective of works by Alexander Calder at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It is all about light, curves, balance and shadows and it is as if Calder’s shapes have found a platform like no other than in the Frank Gehry-designed exhibition space.

It is all in the sense of trial and error, whimsical playfulness and precise construction for shapes and shadows, for balance and harmony which so fittingly marries the work of both Gehry and Calder. As one suspends in space, occupying volumes the other defines it. Amazingly Gehry has solved masterfully the issue of barricading the works with the illusion of giving the viewer a sense of unencumbered closeness by using fluid plinths and sinuous low steel railings. By using long curved expanses of muted grey walls with the sharp edges of white the visitor is drawn in to inspect the strong steel shapes, then pushed back to breath and to contemplate the weightless finesse of these truly iconic works.

Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic
Resnick Pavilion
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Until July 27 2014

Credits: Hyper Allergic LA Times

OUT/ABOUT: Calder & Abstraction, From Avant-Garde to Iconic

In/Out - Anna Kovecses

In/Out - Anna Kovecses

In/Out - Anna Kovecses

In/Out - Anna Kovecses

In/Out - Anna Kovecses

Its always refreshing to see something so pure where the balance of colour and composition nestle like perfect bedfellows!

Anna Kovecses has really hit the nail on the head with these books covers for Norwegian publishing house øyenvitne (Norwegian for ‘eyewitness’). Her brief included logo mark, visual identity and covers for four crime novels by young Scandinavian authors.

Two dimensional yet collaged, their naive beauty reminds us of the painterly yet geometric compositions of Matisse and the hand-cut quality of Jean Arp and our own Kirra Jamison with a David Hockney pool series colour palette. The juxtaposition of their stylised bright covers to their content make them all the more appealing.

Anna Kovecses lives on the seaside in Cyprus with her boyfriend and small daughter creating delightful graphics with just the right dose of nostalgia – sounds idyllic doesn’t it!

Credits: Anna Kovecses

Anna Kovecses: øyenvitne

In/Out - Julia Schauenburg: 52 bunches of flowers I bought myself

In/Out - Julia Schauenburg: 52 bunches of flowers I bought myself

In/Out - Julia Schauenburg: 52 bunches of flowers I bought myself

In/Out - Julia Schauenburg: 52 bunches of flowers I bought myself

In/Out - Julia Schauenburg: 52 bunches of flowers I bought myself

In/Out - Julia Schauenburg: 52 bunches of flowers I bought myself

In/Out - Julia Schauenburg: 52 bunches of flowers I bought myself

In/Out - Julia Schauenburg: 52 bunches of flowers I bought myself

In/Out - Julia Schauenburg: 52 bunches of flowers I bought myself

In/Out - Julia Schauenburg: 52 bunches of flowers I bought myself

In/Out - Julia Schauenburg: 52 bunches of flowers I bought myself

In/Out - Julia Schauenburg: 52 bunches of flowers I bought myself

52 Bunches of Flowers I Bought Myself‘ by Julia Schauenburg is a study of flowers in various stages of decay. It illustrates a year of contemplation about the social connection we have with flowers, romance and relationships. Schauenburg originally from Hamburg who lived in Sydney and now lives in Berlin, explores the grief of lost love, romance and gesture, documenting the point in time when romance becomes nostalgia. This series was exhibited at Damien Minton Gallery in 2010.

The flowers seen in mid-life or at the end of their decorative purpose as a still life photograph are serenely mesmerising. Although melancholy their soft palette and poise are whimsical in both a heartwarming and a heartbreaking way. And with the next Chat in a Chair on the way there is no time like the present to celebrate the vulnerability and the beauty of flowers.

Credits: Julia Schauenburg

Julia Schauenburg: 52 bunches of flowers I bought myself

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