SHOWstudio’s shop has opened a new exhibition, To Bed. Sleep often serves as a subject in art, affording artists with material and metaphors for work. Remember when The Tate held a mass sleepover in 2007 that coincided with a 19-hour screening of Andy Warhol’s Sleep? And what of John and Yoko’s week-long “bed-in” for peace. To Bed is a little more intimate, showing personal and vulnerable states of sleep. From Corinne Day’s photographic diary of her own hospitalisation in 1996, to Maiko Takeda’s sculpture that outlines the soft curves of a woman in bed, To Bed is devoted to the space of sleep. It’s voyeurism sans the usual titillation that comes with peeking through the bedroom window.
Concerned with promotion rather than profit, the planned spontaneity of pop up stores seems more a form of guerilla marketing than a bet on mass consumption. Pop up one day, disappear the next.
Maybe it’s because Emma Watson’s new pixie cut is creating way too much debate, or maybe it’s the overload of babydoll dresses on ASOS and TopShop, but whichever way you look it’s hard to escape the mod vibe this season. So we find its fitting the National Gallery of London has put together a new exhibition from popular 60s op-artist Bridget Riley. The focus is on Riley’s recent works, including a large scale recreation of her Arcadia painting, last seen at her Paris retrospective. Though the colour relationships and repetitive structures are very much key to an earlier era, Riley’s art still holds relevance. Like fashion, it’s a visual spectacle of emotion and reflexion.
Daniel Askill. High profile filmaker. High profile clients. A pared down aesthetic that is austere and stark. A portfolio of work that moves from commercial to creative. Dance, video installations, advertising, short films and music videos.
Brisbane artist Andy Harwood is opening up his gallery space, Love Love Studio, and sharing his artwork with a new exhibition, Fragmented Anxiety. Set against a framework of layered, multi-coloured geometric shapes and loose brush strokes, it’s a puzzling and personal perception of the struggles of human emotion.
Whenever the end of year draws near, news sites feel the need to do the obligatory "top ten (insert_movies/songs/fashion faux pas/etc_here) of 2010" or a montage of clips that sum up "the year that was"*.
Few people pay attention to the inside a garment. What could be so interesting about a care label? Time to start paying attention to your clothes! When a Mjölk garment is made (and of course it’s made with love) they’re careful to include a message of love. Whether they’re words of wit or pearls of wisdom, there’s something to be learnt by looking at the side seams. Collaborating with Hi, Hello, High Five, Lars Stoten has turned his Mjölk fabric tags into full size posters. It’s a cheeky, colourful and artful way to adorn your walls. Best of all, these tags can’t get lost in the wash.
The Grand Social have cornered the e-commerce market. They have perfected the pop up. And they know how throw a party. So we're sure most shoppers will welcome their first permanent space, Edition, a fashion focused concept store with an arty edge. Like their grand opening gesture of a film/photography collective from The Aeon, Edition have curated another exhibition, 3+1exit, presenting the works of photographer Adrian Mesko, which means...another party! Party plus photography plus shopping? Has Christmas come early?
Echo Morgan. An artist. An enigma. A creative, Confucius type under the guise of a little china doll. A future start of the London art scene. With a style that pays respect to the past but looks to the future, Echo Morgan creates a world of whimsy and wonder with every brush stroke and burst of colour.
You don’t need a history lesson to be aware of the symbiotic relationship between fashion and art. Think YSL & Mondrian, Vuitton & Murakami, Schiaparelli & Dada. But the relationship is not strictly limited to designer and artist. From a retail point of view, the sensory experience of an art installation, within a boutique environment, can add a whole lot of style cred to a store. Via Alley, in Sydney’s Surry Hills, is a store devoted to directional design, be it fashion, graphic or art. Regularly host to pop-ups and presentations, this month they’re celebrating their first birthday with a special sculptural installation from artist Kim Songhe. Songhe’s style of work is self-described as “One child’s junk can be another eccentric adult’s pleasure”. Inspired by the recycling of garbage, Songhe’s idea is to bring new life to dying objects by crafting natural materials with reusable wastes. Her chandeliers, which are a romantic nod to nostalgia and Disney characters, are on show in the shop front of Via Alley.