Out/About: Melinda Harper ‘Colour Sensation’

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In/Out - Out/About: Melinda Harper 'Colour Sensation'

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In/Out - Out/About: Melinda Harper 'Colour Sensation'

In/Out - Out/About: Melinda Harper 'Colour Sensation'

In/Out - Out/About: Melinda Harper 'Colour Sensation'

In/Out - Out/About: Melinda Harper 'Colour Sensation'

In/Out - Out/About: Melinda Harper 'Colour Sensation'

In/Out - Out/About: Melinda Harper 'Colour Sensation'

In/Out - Out/About: Melinda Harper 'Colour Sensation'

In/Out - Out/About: Melinda Harper 'Colour Sensation'

In/Out - Out/About: Melinda Harper 'Colour Sensation'

In/Out - Out/About: Melinda Harper 'Colour Sensation'

In/Out - Out/About: Melinda Harper 'Colour Sensation'

Melbourne based artist Melinda Harper has built a career on the seemingly endless possibilities of abstract colour placement. An impressive body of work is now on show at the Heide Museum of Modern Art. Appropriately titled ‘Colour Sensation’, this large exhibition chronicles three decades of artmaking and it is an absolute feast for the eyes.

In her early work you can see a strong connection to early twentieth century abstraction with simplified compositions that talk to artists such as Kazimir Malevich. However, it is not long before she develops her own language and a dynamic and unashamed celebration of colour begins. Harper’s canvases are structured in the varied relationships of shape – stripes, circles, triangles – with a sophisticated understanding of colour. Sometimes harmonious and other times discordant, Harper says the work is a direct response to her lived experience and she explains, “colour is emotional, it evokes a feeling. I have never read colour theory books. For me, it’s all about looking, feeling and reacting.”

While best known for her paintings, the exhibition also brings together Harper’s work in other mediums such as printmaking, sculptural assemblage and a series of intricate hand-sewn tapestries. Collections of whimsical sculptures dance in museum display cabinets; constructed from ceramic vessels (often purchased from op shops), Harper decorates with vibrantly coloured wood blocks and circular mirrors that provide the viewer with a three dimensional manifestation of her paintings.

If you live in (or plan to visit) Melbourne before October 25, a visit to Heide is an absolute must. Heide holds a significant place in Australian art history, originally purchased in 1934 by prominent benefactors John and Sunday Reed, it soon developed into a home for some of Australia’s best known modernist painters including Nolan, Tucker, Hester and Perceval. Becoming a public museum in 1981, after various impressive building projects and sizeable donations of work, have made it one of our more important cultural institutions.

So aside from the must-see Harper exhibition, there are always several other shows from the Heide collection, not to mention the drop-dead architecture and glorious gardens, that make for a truly wonderful day out celebrating all that is modern art in Australia.

Melinda Harper ‘Colour Sensation’
Heide Museum of Modern Art
7 Templestowe Road
Bulleen, VIC
Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-5pm
Public Holidays: 10am-5pm
Until 25th October 2015

Credits: Courtesy of the artist Melinda Harper and Heide Museum of Modern Art
Words by Katrina Arent

ENSEMBLE ARCHITECTURE, DPC ‘Rachel Comey Flagship’

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Located in Soho NYC Rachel Comey’s flagship store is a perfect mix of robust and delicate, elegantly industrial and frivolously uplifting. Theatrical, in a historical context, it is full of 1950’s colour, 1980’s glamour and contemporary chic. A celebration of diverse creative minds headed by architect Elizabeth Roberts of Ensemble Architecture DPC, interior designer Charles de Lisle and Rachel Comey, this beauty was born. Comey started kicked off the creative process with ideas on materiality and worked backwards – this is what can happen when you trust your instincts.

Heralded by Leanne Shapton’s custom flag this converted mechanics garage with it’s raw hewn timber ceiling enters a new era. A heady mix of masculine and feminine, concrete floors peppered with hand placed aggravate are grounded by thick handsome stucco’d walls. A generous concrete shoe plinth is lovingly manufactured with stones from Comey’s favourite beach, and pumice from the stone wash facility. Custom Rodrigues-styled armchairs in lipstick plum are backdroped by timber imprinted concrete walls. Comey’s collections hover ethereally off the ground haloed by brushed brass hanging rails. And then there is the dressing rooms…..swoon! Pink herringbone carpet, playful apertures and discreet lighting make for a cinematic boudoir.

Not that Comey needs much help selling her brilliantly, good-looking, cohesive, tailored designs, but really who wouldn’t want to walk away with a souvenir of this beautiful experience?

Photography by Dustin Aksland

MULLER VAN SEVEREN

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Belgian artists Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen’s of ‘Muller Van Severen’, live and work from their Belgium home, their collection drawing on the simplicity of a basic notion of furniture.

Elegantly refined, their chairs and tables are interconnected continuously, intertwined in conversation. Delicate pieces responsive in functionality are a reflection of the two artists’ focus. On the one hand Muller, a photographic artist whose contemporary still-lifes connect opposing common objects into a serene moment, and on the other, Van Severen, a sculptor whose large-scale sculptures are disjointed and quizzical.

Muller Van Severen is the meeting of the two minds; their furniture, sole objects that have an almost Bauhausian sense of rigour and order. 

Fine lines, pared back; these are modernist objects, articulated in a minimalist art form. Not shy of colour, big bursts of primary red and yellow work beautifully with aqua green and sunrise peach. Timber, metal, marble – sounds humble enough – with the touch of Muller and Van Severen these pieces are both a delicate study of frame and a meditation on materiality.

Photographed by fellow Belgian Frederik Vercruysse, with his usual minimalist touch, gives space to celebrate the unique charms of Muller & Van Severen’s work.

Credits: Courtesy of Muller Van Severen & Frederik Vercruysse

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis ‘Everything We Ever Wanted’

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'
OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

‘Everything We Ever Wanted’, is a group show of paintings by young American artists Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella and Sarah Mikenis at the Nationale Gallery in Portland. Batten’s still lifes, Casella’s abstract jigsaws and Mikenis’s pop tribal portraits are a collage of provocations, visually arresting and unified in medium with intense colour saturations, yet diverse in expression.

Batten’s Matisse-like still lifes carry the trademark objects of a perceived bohemian life; flowers carelessly placed in a jar of water, layers of inspirational textiles, fabulously messy and carefree.

Casella’s puzzles are constrained by the canvas. Squashed in; they elbow for room like cogs in a mechanical techno machine they move around their maze.

Mikenis’s ethnic characters are confident in their get up. Excessive appliqué morphs, while the busy backdrops in monochrome and pastels animate their forms.

Hyper-realism with a palette that harps back to the excesses of the 1980’s, this is a generational take on aspirational life. “Life viewed within this construct of carefully edited online personas confuses happiness with affluence, relaxation with indulgence”.

Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis ‘Everything We Ever Wanted’
Nationale
3360 SE Division Street
Portland, OR 97202
Monday: 12-6
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday-Sunday: 12-6
Until 6th July, 2015

Images courtesy of the artists and Nationale, Portland Oregon

YIELD

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A pure philosophy of quality objects, ethically produced, both functional and decorative are core to design duo, Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming, of Yield. The self proclaimed “New American Standards”, it’s fitting that Yield is based in Saint Augustine, Florida, the oldest European settlement in the USA.

Yield is a collection of feel good objects, honest in their materiality – dull brass, copper ready for patina by many hands, calico bags with vegetable dyed tanned leather, and matte-finish ceramics – and in their production. Objects not manufactured in the USA, (such as ‘French Press’ from Hanoi in Vietnam) are diligently sourced from a Fair Trade makers around the globe.

As expressed by Yield, “Beauty, sustainability and ethical production are not at odds – they must all be considered to create something of true worth. Anything created at someone else’s expense is not beautiful and the manufacturing of disposable goods for short term benefit has robbed our natural resources for too long. We bear a responsibility to create timeless pieces that last. Buy for keeps or please do not buy at all.”

Even though Gant and Deming celebrate the classic forms they embrace the future through the collection. Gold cast rings, with names like ‘Century’, ‘Infinity’ and ‘Primary’ are three-dimensionally printed. Yield is a collision of worlds both past and present, that come together with such gracious serenity.

Credits: Yield

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