@ Mondo Gallery, Austin
Solo Show by We Buy Your Kids
“Sonny Day and Biddy Maroney, the faces behind Sydney-based We Buy Your Kids, are known for their colorful, off-beat design style. They combine hand-made and digital techniques to create their work, often experimenting with color, shape and texture. Their influences include a shared love of comic books, skateboarding, music and film.
The show’s title, “Harsh Majical,” came from a direct English translation of a Chinese description of WBYK’s work. “We felt it might sum up the final outcome, but more importantly describes the fun we’ve had working on this collection.” It will include prints from films previously tackled by Mondo artists, such as Alien and The Fly, but will also introduce some new titles such as White Men Can’t Jump and Thrashin’.” — Mondo
Private View: 29th August
Dates: 29th August – 15th September
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Next up in my Philippines creative scene series is Everywhere We Shoot the moniker of husband and wife team Ryan Vergara and Garovs Garrovillo.
Their practice is a strong mix of Design, Motion & Photography and this coming Thursday July 3rd is the opening of their exhibition ‘Panic Buying’.
Everywhere We Shoot’s obsession with grocery items continue in their second solo exhibit, Panic Buying!. The exhibit’s theme is inspired by Everywhere We Shoot’s shopping habits as a married couple. While most people panic-buy for security reasons, they fall into the habit when enticed by attractive packaging and ridiculous promos.
If last year’s Foods showcased food in its most awkward glory – stripped bare of artifice and set against a bright backdrop, Panic Buying! reimagines the frenzied atmosphere in a grocery store and the delirious state a shopper gets when exposed to this setting. A series of light boxes with aluminium lining are put together to mimic a Juice & Dairy section, but a closer look reveals distorted and multiplied packaging labels – an interpretation of the confusion when presented with too many choices. The products that were taken during the hoarding were shaken out of their packaging and haphazardly styled, resulting in a colorful, visually striking mess.
It’s been a yearly tradition for Everywhere We Shoot to release “Super Limited Edition” merchandise. This year, they’re launching a special sculpture exclusively for the exhibit: a pile of leftover trash shaped in resin and coated with metallic paint. After all, it’s what Everywhere We Shoot does best – recognizing beauty in the most unlikely objects. (Words by Sunshine Reyes)
Everywhere We Shoot
3 July — 2 August 2014
Opening: 6PM / 3 July 2014
West Gallery (QC, PH)
48 West Ave, Lungsod Quezon City, Philippines
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Four Fish of The Apocalypse
“God – What you done?
Greg – I used religious and apocalyptic imagery to deconstruct The Book of Revelation – Chapter 6 of the King James Bible.
God – Why?
Greg – It’s a good read, and I find a lot of inspiration within it. I’ve always enjoyed religious imagery – it’s quite beautiful, and powerful.
God – Hmmm, okay. But, there are no fish in that bit of text.
Greg – Think so.
God – Nop.
Greg – Sorry.
God – Don’t do it again.
Greg – Okay, can’t promise anything though.
God – Bye.
Greg – Bye.” — Greg Eason
Private View: 6th February
Dates: 6th February – 1st March
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PENS & NEEDLES #2
“London design duo Custhom have curated their second exhibition, Pens & Needles, of tactile posters, celebrating and exploring the use of digital embroidery as a unique and expressive form of drawing.
Jemma Ooi and Nathan Philpott have brought together a range of the top creative talent to create designs which have been translated via stitch onto paper, using a ‘hacked’ digital embroidery machine.
The final exhibition will comprise 19 tactile A2 posters, each available in a limited run of 10 editions. Alongside CUSTHOM, the designers involved include Patternity, Studio Moross, Ian Acton, Melvin Galapon and Alei Vespoor amongst many others.” — KK Outlet
Private View: 9th January
Dates: 10th January – 26th January
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Tonight sees the Manchester launch of Craig Oldham’s ‘The Hand.Written.Letter.Project’ at 2022, the basement, 20 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 1EZ from 6pm onwards running until the 20th November.
That excitement you feel when you hear an envelope hit the door matt (and it’s not a bill) and realise it’s actually a penned piece of wonderment that someone has agonised over or just a quick note from your mam reminding you to eat fruit is difficult to parallel.
The sound of an email bleeping into your inbox attempts to but it’s not quite the same is it.
Tonight sees the Manchester launch of the The Hand.Written.Letter.Project. exhibition, if you’ve not picked the book up from which the series of shows has spawned yet then it is a wonderful collection of (hand written) letters from the desks of the likes of Michael Bierut, Milton Glaser, Stefan Sagmeister, Wim Crowel and the list goes.
See you at the bar.
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As part of Frieze, The Saatchi Gallery and Christie’s held a special auction of contemporary sculpture and installation at The Sorting Office, an old postal depot in London. THINKING BIG features the work of 50 artists from Tracy Emin and The Chapman Brothers to newer Saatchi favourites, Kader Attia and Conrad Shawcross.
The pieces can be viewed until October 20th
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DAMIEN HIRST & FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES | CANDY
Blain|Southern last night opened Candy, an exhibition bringing together the work of celebrated artists Damien Hirst & Felix Gonzalez-Torres.
Featured in this exhibition is Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled”, 1992, a unique sculpture made of candies individually wrapped in variously coloured cellophane. The Visual Candy paintings, which were made between 1993 and 1995, were created as a direct riposte to an art critic who had dismissed Hirst’s Spot Paintings as ‘just visual candy’.
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Lazarides & The Vinyl Factory opened their compelling new off-site experience inviting sixteen artists to take over 180 The Strand, an ominous old office block in central London. “BRUTAL explores the brutality of the times we live in, how this is reflected in the objects around us and our perception of the world”. Definitely worth booking your place. And apologies for the sketchy photography, It was dark down there and we were being intimidated by loitering ninja kids.
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