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  • April 12, 2012 11:56 am

    ART // Melbourne Affordable Art fair

    Art Melbourne, the southern annex of the Affordable Art exhibitions showcasing emerging artists and less expensive works, will reprise next month May 24 - 27th.

    Held at the Melbourne exhibition centre and attracting 14,000 visitors, the event provides the ideal entry point for collectors of original, affordable art, and presents offerings that cater to a range of taste and budgets.

    Art Melbourne May 24-27th

    Royal Exhibition Buildings, Carlton //

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    by Anne-Maree Sargeant  // The Snap Assembly blog // AMS-info

  • April 11, 2012 3:20 pm

    ARCHITECTURE // Denton Corker Marshall awarded Venice Pavilion

    designEX congratulates Melbourne-based Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) on their appointment by the Australia Council for the Arts as the architects for the new Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Selected from six shortlisted submissions, the DCM proposal will replace a temporary structure created by eminent architect Philip Cox in 1988.

    AIA president and member of the selection committee Brian Zulaikha says of the appointment ‘DCM’s building is a striking, perhaps timeless addition to the Giardini. Handsome and sculpturally bold, its skillful simplicity creates an inspiring and limitless space for artists and audiences’

    The DCM design uses an elegant black box made from South Australian granite, that in turn houses a white box to form a simplistic background to showcase exhibitions at the art and architecture biennales which alternates each year.

    The new permanent pavilion is due for completion in 2013, with Australia being one of 29 countries to retain permanent national presence.

    Take a virtual look at the new pavilion : //

    Canal View

    Main Entry

    IMAGE credits – Images © Denton Corker Marshall

    by Anne-Maree Sargeant  // The Snap Assembly blog // AMS-info

  • April 4, 2012 5:44 pm

    ART // Miranda Skoczek at Iain Dawson Gallery

    Using traditional folk iconography and remixing it for the 21st century, Melbourne-based painter, Miranda Skoczek’s works invite the viewer to witness the birth of new meanings and relationships, encouraging us to "imagine how fantastical spaces materialize," as we engage with each piece.

    Tears of Joy, 2012 // mixed media on arches, paper, perspex frame 
(49 x 36cm)

    Skoczek’s confident use of colour blends seamlessly with totem animals, melding imagery of both real and fictional animals. The current body of work features smaller works on paper that are Perspex framed; and larger, equally as striking oil and acrylic, and enamel paintings on canvas.

    Bear Mountain, 2012 -
Enamel on Canvas 
(168 x 137cm)

    Rapidly gaining popularity among contemporary art collectors, Miranda has previously exhibited in Melbourne and Brisbane, and next week presents her first exhibition for Sydney audiences at Iain Dawson Gallery, with the show open from April 10th to the 24th 2012.

    The Purple Nest, 2012 
 - Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 
(152.5 x 137cm)

    Opening night- Thursday12th April, 6-8pm.

    Visit the online store- iaindawsongallery.bigcartel.coma

    For more info head to- //

    by Anne-Maree Sargeant  // The Snap Assembly blog // AMS-info

  • March 29, 2012 11:15 am

    ART // A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

    Gain a rare and exclusive insight into the intimate and defining moments of some of Australia’s most talented photographers in [thousand words], a photography exhibition in Sydney’s newest public art space, Lane Four at The Galeries.

    Curated by aMBUSH Gallery in a special collaboration with William York of York Production, ten photographers have been invited to submit a single thought-provoking image, accompanied by 100 words to describe the inspiration and story behind it. These ten photographic stories make up a [thousand words].

    A photo-journalistic approach to the imagery coupled with a behind-the-scenes type of storytelling, [thousand words] features images and thoughts from high profile and emerging Australian photographers including, Montalbetti + Campbell, Andrew Quilty, Tim Georgeson, Amanda Prior, Stephen Dupont, Sean Izzard, Toby Burrows, Chris Barlow, Michael Corridore and Tristan Stefan-Edouard.

    Image by Tim Georgeson

    Image by Stephen Dupont

    [thousand words] is the latest exhibition to be hosted by Lane Four at The Galeries – a pop-up exhibition space curated by aMBUSH Gallery. Lane Four was launched in 2011 in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, attracting wider audiences to the work of both established and emerging artists alike. Already Lane Four has hosted two exhibitions, the first being the street art project, Transient, and the second entitled Rainbow City Gaze by Anthony Lister, one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists.

    Exhibiting until May 2012, [thousand words] is not to be missed.

    More info //

    Image by Tristan Stefan-Edouard

    by Anne-Maree Sargeant  // The Snap Assembly blog // AMS-info

  • March 22, 2012 7:10 pm

    EXHIBITION/EVENT // Women With Clever Hands at OBJECT GALLERY

    Women with Clever Hands: Gapuwiyak Miyalkurruwurr Gong Djambatjmala features an incredible survey of handcrafted works made by women artists from Gapuwiyak in northeast Arnhem Land.

    Women with Clever Hands spans 130 pieces that include bags, baskets, mats, apparel and sculptural figures, all made from natural materials that have been produced and collected over the past fifteen years.

    Representing the styles of artists from this community, the exhibition reveals much about the social and cultural life of the artists, serving to transmit knowledge to the younger generation and inspiring them to make fibre work, considered a primary goal of these women.

    The touring exhibition comes to Object Gallery from Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and has been curated by Dr Louise Hamby, with assistance from Lucy Wanapuyngu.


    Saturday March 31st 10:30am-12:30pm

    Along with curator Louise Hamby, artists Lucy Wanupuyngu, Joy Gularriwuy Bidingal and Penny Milingu Wanapuyngu will be hosting a morning of making and storytelling within the exhibition Women With Clever Hands.

    To secure your place, please RSVP to


    March 31 – June 9, 2012

    The exhibition coincides with another major Indigenous exhibition Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture  - a unique and groundbreaking exhibition that exposes the richness and breadth of contemporary Indigenous sculpture in Australia.

    Showcasing works from both well-known and emerging artists that depict a variety of animals, that allow artists to share their cultural knowledge, along with expressions of identity and connections to surrounding country-side.

    Due to the recent floods, the exhibition had to be evacuated from Wagga Gallery- Object’s Touring Coordinator Sandra Brown blogs about her ordeal here.


    Dubbo- 23 March – 27 June

    National Museum of Australia,

    Canberra- 14 July – 14 October

    DETAILS on other regions - HERE

    by Anne-Maree Sargeant  // The Snap Assembly blog // AMS-info

  • March 20, 2012 9:03 am

    EXHIBITION // Penfolds THE BLOCKS by Studio Toogood

    British creative agency Studio Toogood has created a multi-sensory food and wine experience for Penfolds Wines with THE BLOCKS. A temporary food and wine event, that is overseen by trained sommeliers within the context of a creative installation that fuses art, design, food and wine.

    THE BLOCKS pop-up installation encourages visitors to discover their palettes using sight, touch and smell prior to tasting some of the world’s greatest wines from Penfolds Bin and Luxury Wines, each paired with a fine selection of distinctive foods designed by Executive Chef Jock Zonfrillo from Magill Estate Restaurant.

    To complete this gastronomic experience, guests are seated under canopies of illuminated glass grapes on Faye Toogood’s iconic ‘Spade’ chairs, launched last year at Salone del Mobile. Hand-cast from raw aluminium specifically for the event, the ‘Spade Chair / Naked Aluminium’ is cold to the touch, reminding guests of their cellar-like experience.

    Faye Toogood from Studio Toogood elaborates, “Perhaps it’s the rich history and exclusivity - not to mention secrecy - that makes people (myself included) feel intimidated when faced with a tome-like wine list in a restaurant or the mile-long shelves at the local wine merchant. In a world full of choice, we feel more comfortable making decisions on what to wear, what food to order or which perfume to buy than we do selecting which wine to drink.”

    THE BLOCKS is Studio Toogood’s first project outside Europe, and after Sydney, will visit Melbourne prior to touring Asia and the UK. With a client portfolio spanning the likes of Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Tom Dixon, and Hermes, stand-by for more featured projects! // //

    Pier 2/3, 13 A Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney

    Sydney- until April 5th  // Wed to Fri 4.00 - 11.00pm // Sat & Sun 1.00 - 11pm

    Melbourne- dates and location forthcoming.

    by Anne-Maree Sargeant  // The Snap Assembly blog // AMS-info

  • March 19, 2012 1:47 pm

    ART // Abbey McCulloch

    Those lusting after an original painting by Gold Coast-based artist Abbey McCulloch should get in line, with her shows at Melbourne’s Helen Gory Galerie all but pre-sold prior to the opening!

    Recently this superb four panel series featured as part of a group show in Sydney, with Melbourne’s Helen Gory Galerie exhibiting as a pop-up at MOP Gallery.

    The four panel series ‘Of Things to Come (part 1-4)’ are oil on canvas, with each panel 1200 mm x 1500mm, the entire work stretching almost 5 metres.  A two-time Archibald finalist, Abbey has been nominated as one of Australia’s ‘50 Most Collectable Artists’ for the third year running by Australian Art Collector magazine.

    From the artist:

    This work focuses on the visions that we have in store for ourselves, and what tends to linger when these visions are not fulfilled. When a particular situation that you can visualize, and idealise quite clearly, sort of sits uncomfortably next to the reality, I like this. I like it when there is this flash after a moment crumbles around you and at that point we realise that some things can never stand up to our expectations. There is a surprising element of clarity that hits us when our ideals are humbled. What on earth were we thinking? We are in control of these expectations and we can sooner destroy them as create them.

    I wanted this work to appear like some sort of fantasia of ‘everyday-ness’, with elements of both domesticity and hysteria. Limiting any colour, except for a suggestion in some of the eyes, represents a muted and slightly sombre tone in the work. Sticking to a monochromatic scheme with the oil paint, allows me to re-connect with my love of drawing and charcoal, free of the distraction of colour. This large-scale image has been a process of slight renewal, the absence of colour is very liberating.

    ABBEY McCULLOCH, 2011 // //

    by Anne-Maree Sargeant  // The Snap Assembly blog // AMS-info

  • March 8, 2012 3:48 pm

    ARCHITECTURE Wang Shu, the 2012 Pritzker laureate

    Chinese architect Wang Shu, from the Hangzhou-based practice Amateur Design Studio he established with his wife Lu Wenyu, has been announced as the 2012 laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture’s most prestigious award.

    The field of architecture was chosen by the Pritzker family because of their keen interest in building due to their involvement with developing the Hyatt Hotels around the world; and because architecture was a creative endeavor not included in the Nobel Prizes. The procedures were modeled after the Nobels, with the final selection being made by the international jury with all deliberations and voting in secret. Nominations are continuous from year to year with hundreds of nominees from countries all around the world being considered each year.

    Chairman of the Hyatt Foundation and sponsor of the prize, Thomas J. Pritzker shared the thoughts behind the jury selection:

    'The fact that an architect from China has been selected by the jury, represents a significant step in acknowledging the role that China will play in the development of architectural ideals. In addition, over the coming decades China’s success at urbanization will be important to china and to the world. This urbanization, like urbanization around the world, needs to be in harmony with local needs and culture. 
China’s unprecedented opportunities for urban planning and design will want to be in harmony with both its long and unique traditions of the past and with its future needs for sustainable development.'

    ‘There are significant questions about the recent process of urbanization in China, whether it should be anchored in tradition or if it should just look toward the future. As in any great architecture, Wang Shu’s work is able to transcend that debate producing an architecture that is timeless, 
deeply rooted in its context and yet universal.’ said Alejandro Aravena, one of the Pritzker jurors. 

    'My starting point is always the site, I need to understand about the life, the people, the weather. (…) I know something existed before me - my buildings come from somewhere' Wang Shu says, 'other architects talk about space. I talk about typology and prototype. The prototype relates to memory.’

    Along with his wife, Shu established Amateur Architecture Studio – referencing ‘amateur’ as someone who engages in an activity for pleasure rather than profit — ’for myself, being an artisan or a craftsman is an amateur or almost the same thing.’

    Graduating from the Nanjing Institute of Technology in 1985 , Amateur Architecture Studio completed works include the Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum’ and 'Ningbo History Museum' both located in Ningbo, China along with the 'Xiangshan Campus of the China Academy of Art' in Hangzhou, China. Temporary works include a pavilion for both the 2010 and 2006 Venice Architecture Biennales.

    This year’s jury members included Australian architect and 2002 Prizker laureate Glen Murcutt, and 2004 Pritzker recipient Zaha Hadid.

    READ 'Decay of a Dome', Wang Shu’s installation from the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 here as reported by designboom.

    IMAGES :: Ningbo History Museum, 2003-2008 // Ceramic House, 2003-2006,  © Lv Hengzhong // Five Scattered Houses © Lang Shuilong // Shainghai Pavillion 2012 (c) Lu Wenyu //

    by Anne-Maree Sargeant  // The Snap Assembly blog // AMS-info

  • March 7, 2012 11:11 am

    DESIGN Salone del Mobile preview Fornasetti

    Barnaba Fornasetti will unveil new Fornasetti pieces at Fuori Salone de Mobile  2012, including a low buffet cabinet available in a range of finishes selected from the Fornasetti archive. ’Face and Stripes’ (above), an interpretation of the woman’s face taken from the Fornasetti series ‘Tema e Variazion’ (Theme & Variations), adds to the iconic collection of decorative objects, screens and furnishings created by his father thelate, great 20th century artist Piero Fornasetti.

    Milanese painter, sculptor, interior decorator and book engraver Piero Fornasetti created more than 11,000 products, an output so prolific he remains one of the largest producers of 20th century decorative objects and furniture.  A creative visionary, his visual language remains unique; the pieces are whimsical, and witty, yet retain the timelessness of any modern classic.

    With Fornasetti’s son Barnaba helming his father’s legacy into a new era with the addition of re-editions & limited editions continuing, with new products such as tables, cabinetsand vases. 

    Featuring the now legendary face of Lina Cavalieri, Barnaba took inspiration from the chest of drawers ‘Leopard’, designed by his father in the ‘50s, replacing the feline animal with the woman’s face.  Made from printed, lacquered, and hand-painted timber, customised versions will also be available, the new pieces will exhibited in the Fornasetti showroom in Milan during Salone del Mobile next month.

    by Anne-Maree Sargeant  // The Snap Assembly blog // AMS-info

  • March 6, 2012 3:35 pm

    ART Paul Davies at Tim Olsen Gallery

    Paul Davies paintings reveal a passion for modernist architecture, with the geometry of the houses he paints juxtaposed by the surrounding landscape. Working from photographs, then using stencils and paint, the paintings blur the lines between abstraction and realism.

    At just 32 years old, Davies’ international profile is rising after showing in Los Angeles and London, prior to a solo exhibition at The Cat Street Gallery during the Hong Kong International Art Fair. Representing Davies, gallery owner Tim Olsen describes his practice as ‘a cross between Melbournian Howard Arkley and a technical drawing textbook (on acid).' Olsen recently put a toe in the Melbourne market, the solo show of Davies work sold out entirely prior to the opening.

    Visit Paul Davies new exhibition at Sydney’s Tim Olsen Gallery until March 11, 2012, the exhibition part of Art Month Sydney. // //

    by Anne-Maree Sargeant 

    The Snap Assembly blog // AMS-info