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In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

Melbourne based stylist Marsha Golemac and photographer Brooke Holm have come together to create ‘Workbook’ a visual diary and exhibition of nature’s beauty in juxtaposition with intensively restrained styled studio images.

Golemac and Holm have been collaborating across editorial and commercial assignments for many years. ‘Workbook’ is the culmination of their individual professional pursuits in studio styling and outdoor photography, a collection of still life and landscape images that are at once symbiotic and contradictory.

The images created are hauntingly beautiful couplings. Vast and serene landscapes, wonderlands of our earth, harmonise with drifting paper, obscure objects and stylised paper motifs. Refined and arresting, ‘Workbook’ is a lookbook of human interactive interpretation with the organic. Soft hues of natural light in the measureless expanse of nature find companionship with the minuscule.

Limited copies of Workbooks well as large-scale prints are available for purchase.

‘Workbook, a visual diary & exhibition’ by Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm
Modern Times
311 Smith St Fitzroy, Victoria 3065
Monday,Tuesday & Friday  10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm
Until 16th November 2014

Credits: Courtesy of the artists & Modern Times

OUT/ABOUT: MARSHA GOLEMAC & BROOKE HOLM ‘WORKBOOK’

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

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In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

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In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

Fontevraud L’Hotel is a perfect example of a pure concept realised. Patrick Jouin (industrial designer) and Jouin Manku (architect) from French studio Jouin Manku are responsible for this exquisitely refined hotel and restaurant. Located in the picturesque grounds of the Abbaye de Fontevraud, a UNESCO world heritage site in Anjou, the hotel has a wonderful sense of contemporary solace.

The regal architectural bones of each of the guest rooms are a subdued but hearty canvas. Quietly respectful of their forefathers in design, the spacious and pared-back furniture pieces are thoughtfully detailed. Clever follies of elastic banded fabric panels hold documents, the bedhead peels off the wall to allow the bedsides to run behind, and the lamps and artwork hang off refined black wall-mounted rails. It’s a beautifully detailed moment of measured consideration for the space and it’s history. The serene and contemporary palette harmonises with the ancient building fabric with its beiges, taupey greys, natural whites and timber accented with mustards, black and petrol grey blue.

The tranquil palette carries through to the common areas. Exquisite joinery in the restaurant is in dove and storm greys and caramel browns with a robust timber element in the bar. Grey browns and warm charcoals reside over the meeting room’s candle fuelled table. Additional folding chairs line the wall of the meeting room all comfortably sitting in their allocated pew. Solemn high-backed banquets are blessed by oversized copper lined timber pendants. Waiters stations curve out of walls and light radiates from the back of breakfast room loveseats.

This is an incredible example of restrained French chic. The perfect place to sip champagne, nibble on a buttery croissant, bite into a crusty baguette and sink back into the cloud that is Fontevraud L’Hotel.

Credits: Nicolas Mathéus

Out/About: Fontevraud L’Hotel

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 - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

It is the quintessential white washed walls, with their rich textures and vernacular forms, that make for the perfect backdrops to the regional objets d’art at the Masseria Cimino. A rustic, beautifully restored, and lovingly-curated guesthouse in Puglia, Italy, this family-run haven is full of history. It’s stone building blocks date back to 6th century B.C., recycled in the 1700’s to build this extraordinary farmhouse’s perimeter wall.

The hotel is honest and authentic, its fabrics simple, bed linens crisp, bed spreads locally crafted. Vine-ripening tomatoes bountifully hang between raw lightbulbs from the breakfast room. Knobbly and knotted old olive trees and cacti adorn the garden creating an endless supply of decorative foliage to bring inside. Sun loungers are covered by simple white canvas shades, brass taps float over raw stone basins, window frames are painted a subtle shade of blue and bowls of lemons abound. Roaring open fires and candlelit rooms add to the contemplative authentic simplicity, the slowing down of pace, and the purity of time spent at this ancient abode.

Set against the backdrop of the blue yonder of the Adriatic this beauty beckons to the soul a celebration of all that is the good life.

Credits: Masseria Cimino, Carla Coulson, Project Fairytale

Out/About: Masseria Cimino

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 - Hotel Hotel

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Hotel Hotel is a collaboration between designers, artists, artisans and fantasists… We love hotels, not for their swank but for reminding us of our transience and the importance of romance… We like textures and patinas that remind us of the bush, big trees, well-worn t-shirts and old wise faces that in every line reflect the enormity and joy of a life well lived… We treasure simple human interactions and making every day experiences interesting and special.

Canberra’s newest boutique Hotel Hotel is no ordinary guesthouse, but more a visionary platform for social interaction. Brothers Nector and Johnothan Efkarpidis have embarked on this ambitious project with fervour with architect Fender Katsalidis, who has orchestrated the master planning and the architectural bones of this brutalist-inspired, and March Studio who introduce the visitor to the hotel through the lobby and stair.

The hotel celebrates that inevitable extra layer of warmth we seek in the nation’s capital, a moody experience of raw materials and rich natural textures all dimly lit by very deliberate shafts of light. Hotel Hotel is a monumental roll call of Australian creatives across all disciplines and celebrates the collaborative crafts of it’s doers, curators, makers and artists.

Everywhere you go in Hotel Hotel you are met by delightful surprises. From the moment you walk into the entry foyer, which houses a small, but engaging library of loanable books on art, architecture and design your arrival to an environment that is richly curious, yet snug and welcoming is felt. Throughout the hotel, vintage pieces courtesy of Ken Neale sit side by side with vintage-inspired custom lighting silhouettes, custom-commissioned art (ranging from contemporary photographer Lee Grant to the late ceramist Gerard Havekes, whose vintage mosaic tiles were lovingly collected and curated by his daughter Anna-Maryke), boxy linen uniforms and unconventional floral arrangements.

The guest rooms read as a richly developed theatre set and it is no surprise that the revivalist approach was orchestrated by music video and advertising director Don Cameron. Each room has its own heartbeat. It’s raw, it’s rich and it’s original with anything that was not in existence dreamt up by Cameron and fabricated as editions by craftsman and artisan companies. It’s the theatrical experience you want to stay in for days on end. It seduces your sense of curiosity, beckoning you to discover all the dark recesses of its secrets.

As Efkarpidis says ‘ultimately you want the business guest, student, locals and someone travelling from the outskirts of Canberra staying with family and friends to sit down beside each other and have a conversation’. Canberra after all, is all about this collision of different identities and a good hotel is all about human interactions. We whole-heartedly felt both of these experiences at Hotel Hotel.

Credits: Hotel Hotel

OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Hotel

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

The walls are pink, the furniture is pink, the ceiling is pink, every thing is pink. I don’t know what to tell you, it’s a statement. – restauranteur Mourad Mazouz

Right in the heart of London sandwiched between Saville Row and Regent Street sits Sketch. A visionary dream conjured up by restauranteur Mourad Mazouz and chef Pierre Gagnaire has seen this 18th century building reinvented into a dynamic platform for food, art and music.

Every two years the main gallery restaurant space will be given to a different artist to create an installation they are given carte blanche to create. It’s an all-encompassing experience that can be enjoyed from the very comfortable confines of your dinner table.

The second installment, after Martin Creed’s 2012 installation, is a magical feasting boudoir of art and interiors created by Turner Prize winning artist David Shrigley and world acclaimed decorative architect India Mahdavi.

India Mahdavi’s monochromatic pink blush design with its plush overstuffed velvet banquettes and armchairs are delicious in stark contrast to David Shrigley’s satirical drawings that line the walls. Like little riddles Shrigley’s verbal expression also extends to the tableware. To top things off, all of the restaurtant staff are dressed by Richard Nicoll in futuristic grey boiler suits and shirt dresses.

Pass the rose petal martini please!

Credits: Sketch

OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

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In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

Danish architect Frederikke Aagaard has beautifully reinvigorated the Rungstedgaard Hotel near Copenhagen. By intertwining original detailing from this awe-inspiring 1917’s building with contemporary furniture and artwork Aagaard has created an elegant, timeless interior that emulates sophisticated indulgence.

Housed on a grand estate, the Rungstedgaard Hotel is a commanding manor that knows all about hospitality. Having flourished with A-list parties during the 1920s, its handsome bones have accommodated grand celebrations, solace and romance ever since.

Frederikke Aagaard has exquisitely curated modern design classics against the hotel’s generously graceful architecture. The Bouroullec Brothers’ Slow Chair by Vitra nuzzle together while on the other side of an ornate fireplace proudly sits Oscar Zieta’s Chippensteel Chair. Jamie Hayon’s Pina chairs for Magis are timelessly chic with Svenskt Tenn feature cushions paired up beautifully with Jenny Bäck’s Lean lamp.

A beautiful restrained collection of iconic treasures with a fresh palette of finishes, these good-looking interiors encourage hotel guests to sit back and enjoy all the spoils that the good life has to offer.

Credits: Frederikke Aagaard

OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

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