LANDON METZ

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Landon Metz - James Fuentes

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Landon Metz - James Fuentes

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Landon Metz - James Fuentes

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Landon Metz - James Fuentes

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Landon Metz - James Fuentes

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Landon Metz - James Fuentes

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Landon Metz - James Fuentes

New Yorker Landon Metz is renowned for his inky abstract shapes and watery colours with spasmodic perimeters. There is something inexplicably emotional in their free forms; sparse and disconnected, they are lyrical in graphic dialogue.

Moving away from this softness in his recent show at James Fuentes Gallery, New York, Metz’s new works are powerfully audacious. Owning the space, organic shapes in dense navy, like immersive markers, activate the room, so that the wall surfaces are the canvas.

The process of the artwork for Metz is in part about the experience, as Metz puts it “I’m really acknowledging the viewing experience as part of the creative process,……..thinking about how that idea upends the traditional roles of artist and audience.” Metz points out that although it was made in response to the space, it is site-dependent rather than specific. The work is reliant on ample white space to ground it, but although conceptualized for the gallery is not limited to it.

The shapes are familiar to Metz’s style, immediately recognisable in their character, only now he is outgrowing the confines of a traditional canvas. Part of the beauty of art is watching how the artist grows. Landon Metz is only at the beginning of a very fruitful calling – we cherish the history and look forward to all that is still to come.

Credits: Landon Metz

Hotel Torralbenc

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: LA PISCINA DE LA SUITE 'POOL COTTAGE' MENORCA

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In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: LA PISCINA DE LA SUITE 'POOL COTTAGE' MENORCA

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: LA PISCINA DE LA SUITE 'POOL COTTAGE' MENORCA

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: LA PISCINA DE LA SUITE 'POOL COTTAGE' MENORCA

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: LA PISCINA DE LA SUITE 'POOL COTTAGE' MENORCA

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: LA PISCINA DE LA SUITE 'POOL COTTAGE' MENORCA

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: LA PISCINA DE LA SUITE 'POOL COTTAGE' MENORCA

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: LA PISCINA DE LA SUITE 'POOL COTTAGE' MENORCA

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: LA PISCINA DE LA SUITE 'POOL COTTAGE' MENORCA

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: LA PISCINA DE LA SUITE 'POOL COTTAGE' MENORCA

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: LA PISCINA DE LA SUITE 'POOL COTTAGE' MENORCA

Menorcan ‘Hotel Torralbenc’ is an idyllic retreat on the sun drenched Mediterranean island. Organic structures with crisp white-washed walls, terracotta roofs, dry walls, and picturesque gardens are the face of this Española dream.

Once a purely agricultural region, the Balearics archipelago situated off the eastern side of Spain, is now a destination for people looking for solace from the bustle of big European cities. ‘Hotel Torralbenc’s’ artisan fabrication – like the dry walls, thatched and stone arched ceilings – are a reminder of days when this level of detail was common.

Abundant in robust materials the interiors with their limestone floors and hearty slabs of timber are complemented with sisal rugs, simple upholstery in neutral palettes and soft graphic artwork. The thick walls, intimate volumes of space and play of natural light create heavenly spaces to escape to.

Brilliant garden blooms and the expansive bright blue sky punctuate this otherwise soft mirage.

Photography by: Enrique Palacio Via Architectural Digest

DRIPTOPIA – IGGY & LOU LOU

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In/Out: Driptopia - Iggy & Lou Lou

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Made in the spirit of ancient vessels ‘Driptopia’ from Melbourne based porcelain design studio Iggy & Lou Lou, are true to their name. Lashings of porcelain and paint are allowed to run, creating gravitational decorative surfaces.

Irene Grishin Selzer and Peter Selzer, the husband and wife team behind Iggy & Lou Lou, specialise in one off objects and jewellery. The base material of ‘Driptopia’ is made from a combination of porcelain and quartz, resulting in a luminescent blank canvas ready for their graphic touch. Strong black patterns with touches of cobalt blue and forest green adorn the vessels giving their otherwise antiquated form new life.

Credits: Iggy & Lou Lou

 

SANIYO

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Hong Kong-based Saniyo specialises in good-natured ceramics with their ‘Gathering Series’. These minimalist pieces, never lacking in personality with their peachy pinks, canary yellows and watery turquoises are a joyful expression of the mood when good meals are shared between the people we hold dear.

The sizing is decidedly modest, hinting at the re-filling of your plate or cup again, and again, with shared dishes as meals stretch out over a sunny afternoon.

Delightful and delicious Saniyo’s ‘Gathering Series’ is for the lovers in this world.

Credits: SANIYO

Out/About: John Bokor ‘Close to Home’

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Out/About: John Bokor 'Close to Home'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Out/About: John Bokor 'Close to Home'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Out/About: John Bokor 'Close to Home'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Out/About: John Bokor 'Close to Home'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Out/About: John Bokor 'Close to Home'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Out/About: John Bokor 'Close to Home'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Out/About: John Bokor 'Close to Home'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Out/About: John Bokor 'Close to Home'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Out/About: John Bokor 'Close to Home'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Out/About: John Bokor 'Close to Home'

Australian artist John Bokor’s still lifes and landscapes from his exhibition, ‘Close to Home’, speak of spiritual connection to his everyday. Lounge rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, teapots, vases and bottles of Panadol are lovingly brushed onto canvas – a snapshot of contentment with living.

Cluttered and homely, his paintings are filled with objects, all bumping into one another in a friendly manner, joyously haphazard. Confident but slightly careless brushstrokes are visually intact but dreamy, creating a fuzziness of movement like a shifting gaze.

Colours are over intensified, connecting with the viewer on an emotional level. Purples, oranges, royal blue and all the hues of pink permeate Bokor’s poetic vision of life. Celebrations of the mundane, Boker’s painting are far from ordinary.

John Bokor ‘Close to Home’
King Street Gallery
177 William Street
Darlinghurst 2010 NSW
Tuesday – Saturday: 10-6
Until 2nd May 2015

Credits: Images courtesy of the artist and King Street Gallery

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