Tuesday, August 18, 2009


"Yesterday was a day that Miss Emiliana Mancini will certainly never forget. The young lady is a cleaner for the company ‘Supreme Cleaning’. Supreme Cleaning handles contract accounts with many clients, ranging from large businesses to private homes.

One of Miss Mancini’s private clients was an elderly gentleman, Mr. George Gaudet. Being of extremely old age, (no one is exactly sure, but estimates range between 92 and 104) he was seldom seen outside of his apartment. Last week, Miss Mancini made her usual visit to clean the apartment, and reported that Mr. Gaudet was quietly occupied in his living room. However, yesterday Miss Mancini arrived at Mr. Gaudet’s to find him on the floor of his living room, dead.

Naturally, the young woman was greatly shocked and is still in an unstable state. The police and ambulance were called and the corpse of Mr. Gaudet was taken to the coroner for examination. The Coroner, Mr. G. Cheng, announced in a statement that Mr. Gaudet had died of heart failure. However, he reported that it had occurred two weeks ago. This contradicts Miss Mancini’s account, as she had stated that Mr. Gaudet had most certainly been alive on her previous visit. Mr. Cheng admitted to being baffled by the contradiction of his findings with Mancini's statement. Cheng added to the mystery when he announced that he had discovered numerous folds in Mr. Gaudet's lungs.

“The folds were harmless, but I have never, not once, seen this before”, Cheng explained. “There was all manner of folds…mountain folds, valley folds, pleat folds, squash folds, inside reverse and outside reverse folds”. This statement was of particular interest to The Society as there were interesting correlations to information revealed by Miss Mancini in her interview.

In her interview, Miss Mancini mentioned the thousands and thousands of origami models that stood on every available inch of tabletop and shelf in Mr. Gaudet’s home. “It was so awful to have to clean them! I suppose it is a terrible thing to say…but he is a client that I don’t mind losing so much because of those annoying little folded things. Can you imagine having to dust off thousands of bits of dirty paper once a week?”

The correlation prompted The Society to conduct further investigations. In a private interview, Mr. Cheng was amazed to hear about Mr. Gaudet’s paper models. “It is quite incredible…but I believe we now have an answer to our conundrum…” Mr. Cheng explained, that a man who existed in such a solitary state as Mr. Gaudet must have lived his days in silence. The only sound that would have echoed throughout his days was that of his own breath. This would have continued for such an incredibly long period of time, that at some point, silence would have ceased to exist for Mr. Gaudet. The constancy of no sound would have been replaced with the faint, incidental sound of breathing.

Becoming conscious of his own breath gradually becoming shorter and fainter would have made Mr. Gaudet aware of his mortality. Mr. Cheng asserts that this awareness was the catalyst of his paper modeling. “Not being able to move much in old age…folding would have become Gaudet’s attempt at asserting his existence, by giving life to sheets of paper”.

“There is no doubt Gaudet died of a heart failure two weeks ago. When Mancini saw him last week Gaudet’s heart was no longer keeping him alive. The folding was. This explains the presence of folding in the lungs”. Cheng Concludes that “Gaudet only died because he ran out of paper”.

To confirm the theory, The Society returned to the scene, finding not one sheet of paper in the apartment unfolded. Thousands of paper models still sit quietly all around the tiny apartment. They are the remains of a frail existence where silence and even life ceased to exist, and breath itself was replaced with a collection of limp folds."

- Derrick and Christina

Derrick and Christina's work Rest and Repeat is currently in two locations is traveling around Australia with the Design Now! collection. You can also check it out at 35 Balfour St, Chippendale NSW..

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Triptych Untitled, 2009. Luke Tipene. DVD and
drawing performace to T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land

Monday, May 4, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hands Across the World

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Patrick Tresset found me on linkedin.com and sent me a link to his latest press release. "I think our respective researches share some concerns." This project is swell and is worth a mention.

"Aikon 2 Project launched at Goldsmiths, University of London
Published: 23 February 2009 10:00

Why is it that the inexperienced person finds it so difficult to draw what they see so clearly, while an artist is able to do so often just with a few lines, in a few seconds?

How can an artist draw with an immediately recognisable style, in a particular manner?

And how, and why, can a few lines thrown spontaneously on paper be aesthetically pleasing?

A bold project using computational techniques to examine the activity of drawing - in particular sketching the human face - has been launched at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The AIKON (Autonomous/Artistic/IKONograph) Project has received funding from the Leverhulme Trust to carry out work from 2009 until the end of 2011, and could eventually result in AIKON ‘learning’ to draw in its own style.

The project is being co-ordinated by Professor of Computing at Goldsmiths, Frederic Fol Leymarie and Patrick Tresset, a researcher and artist who has already carried out much work in the area upon which the AIKON Project will build.

Artistic drawing has been practiced in every known civilisation for at least the last 30,000 years and sketching specifically has the particularity of showing the drawing process complete with its hesitations, errors and corrections.

The area of research has been tackled by art historians, psychologists, neuroscientists - such as Arnheim, Fry, Gombrich, Leyton, Ramachandran, Ruskin, Willats and Zeki - who have argued that artists organise their
perception of the world differently.

The AIKON Project will follow two main research paths: one starts from the study of sketches in archives and notes left by artists and the other is based on contemporary scientific and technological knowledge.

Professor Fol Leymarie explains more about the project: “Even if still partial, the accumulated knowledge about our perceptual and other neurobiological systems is advanced enough that, together with recent progress in computational hardware, computer vision and artificial intelligence, we can now try to build sophisticated computational simulations of at least some of the identifiable perceptual and cognitive processes involved in face sketching by artists.”

The most important processes to be studied and simulated within AIKON include the visual perception of the subject, and the dynamically created sketch. It will also study the representation, planning and execution of the drawing gestures; the cognitive activity of reasoning, about the percepts of the sitter and the drawing; the influence of the years of training as a form of memory, and the inter-processes information flows, with a focus on feedback mechanisms - for example when looking back at the sitter or when looking at the partial sketch already performed.

Based on earlier work and results, Frederic and Patrick are expecting AIKON to be able to draw in its own style, with the resulting system having been informed by an artist's insights and also by past artists’ left writings about their creative behaviour."

Monday, April 13, 2009

Each week, a decorated matchbox with a tiny present hidden inside is left by a girl (and sometimes willing friends) somewhere in her travels. It's a random act of semi-artistic kindness aimed at disrupting someone's day in a tiny but positive way. That's if they dare to pick it up...

Sonya Gee first fell into Real Perspective as a featured artist with the launch of REALPERSPECTIVE. Sonya's matchboxes have captured innumerable attention in recent months and at REAL PERSPECTIVE we're proud as punch to be announcing her upcoming show.

As we speak Sonya Gee is in her studio crafting up limited edition matchboxes for a show happening this Wednesday at THE WALL at World Bar in Kings Cross. BID-A-BOX will feature ten matchboxes on display for a silent auction. The winners walk away with part of this project that has been catching phenomenal media attention over the last two years. For more information on this project visit The Matchbox Project!

Friday, April 10, 2009


There is a perspectival spanner in the works. Can you find it?

Thursday, April 2, 2009


TURN AND DRAW is a group exhibition featuring emerging Sydney artists Tony Curran, Luke Tipene, and Tina Salama. Having met on an all expenses paid British Council "art holiday" in Edinburgh, now they're back to the drawing board. Turning from their more conceptual three-dimensional work this troupe of talent coincidentally discovered that they're latest thing was experimental drawing techniques. This exhibition features a range of drawing approaches from movement studies, abstracts, windswept and figurative works.

This show opens on Wednesday 8th of April at THE WALL at THE WORLD BAR featuring DJs SLEATER BROCKMAN, CASSETTE, 2ONAJOYRIDE MAT MURDOCK.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Leslie Rice is best known for his nocturne paintings on velvet and his dark and dramatic frames than he is for his frescoes. Nevertheless the subject matter in his frescoes has a signiature Rice feel. At MOP Projects you will find the above painting and another like it. The frescoes are stencilled paint art on plaster. It is a time saving technique for these beautifully constructed stereoptic image. But make sure you take your own glasses with you, the artist has not supplied the gallery with any.

Stereoptic images are of particular interest to REAL PERSPECTIVE as they utilize a greater higher order of spatial information for the fore, mid and background recession. A concept that Da Vinci was aware of but hadn't figured out how to execute.

The composition used in this work is effective as the locations of objects are spatially convincing as the disparity of the visual scene increases from fore to back-ground. It seems that the artist has got the knack of a few stereoscopic techniques but is limitted by his use of stencils. A free hand painting would allow for greater development of the composition. I look forward to future stereoptic works by Rice to employ a more complicated map of visual disparity to build a greater sense of depth to the objects as well as between them.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Small Present for Neighbours

Matchboxes, lucky dips, and small presents for strangers are among the feel-good repertoire that makes up artist Sonya Gee. It seems that everywhere this emerging practitioner infiltrates ends up richer and sweeter than it was before.

So it is no surprise that upon this lady's decision to leave her family home where she grew up, move to the big city where she can fulfill her dreams of cupcakeries, wardrobes and strawberry pancakes, she put together a tribute to her home town; something to remember her by.

Neighbourhood Watch is Sonya's latest work. Curated by Tony Curran, it's a microhistory exhibition at Brush Farm Park which tells stories of characters around the City of Ryde who "you won't find on google". The exhibition is marked with non-celebrity photos and stories of good citizens from a cake shop to a primary school aerobics instructor.

The Night was officially opened by Vic Tagg, the Mayor of Ryde, with an address by Maxine Mackew whose political campaign unseated the former Australian Prime Minister in the Bennelong electorate surrounding Ryde. Her campaign was a pivotal community moment in recent Ryde history and her address on the opening night placed her within the exhibition among all the other artifacts of the community identity.

Neighbourhood Watch
opened last night and will run until the 7th of April. Open Wednesday through Saturday 11am -4pm at 19 Lawson St, Eastwood.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Yaiyoi kusama

Yayoi kusama Is Japan's Bjork. Easily mistaken for contemporary art, this show ranges from Pop kitsch to outsider art the earlier you go.

Like most kinds of pop arts, it comes with dilute disappontment add to this the show is fragmented. None of the works really speak to each other, and the themes seem to be dots, phalluses and reptition. In her black and white print room which dates back to 2000. The images repeat lines and curves like an elaborate doodle on stretched canvas. The doodles show her talent for drawing lines and eyes but are otherwise unimpressive and reminiscent of the graphic art movements of the same decade. Actually all the works seem to be very "now" for their time. Flower Orgy depicts hippies painting dots on each other and then, well having an orgy and Flower Obsession Sunflower looks like a teletubbies episode directed and acted by Bjork.

However I'm Here But Nothing 2000 is a fantastic ultraviolet room with colourful dots meticulously distributed on the walls and furniture. No axis of space was left untouched. The dots glow and interrupt your perception of near and far by uniformly patterning the visual space. This work is a description of her experience with hallucinations. Her polka dot hallucinations have become a strong motif in her art. The bit that irked me in this work was the considered placement of vintage magazines for all those retro fans.

I became so sure that Kusama is hideously overrated that I worried that maybe I was just a hater. The MCA have made a great big hoo ha about this artist and I'm twenty four saying she could do better. I worried that if I put my opinion out there, I'd be speaking above my competence. So in my moment of self doubt I looked up some info about Kusama and came across biographical and info plus some images of other works.

Yayoi has cred. She's been making works for almost half a century and partying with the elite "it" of 1960s New York art scene which often overshadowed her own artistic brilliance. Being a woman of "small stature" was continuously frustrating for her in her early NY days, but exhibiting with the likes of Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, to name a few, was a good indication that she had something. She gained a reputation for her business savvy while Warhol was still coming up with his "business art of art business". So far I haven't even mentioned that she was the first woman to receive japans most prestigious award for internaional art - the Praemium Imperiale in 2006.

So how did this show get it so wrong? Well they did a retrospective and like so many retrospectives they missed THE key curatorial task: get the right artworks. Get that giant dotted pumpkin, put it in with the serpent bits coming out of the wall or anywhere but get it IT'S great! Unfortunately this time around the MCA dumbed down the exhibition to wow us with mirrors and puffy faux cushions - don't blame it on Yayoi.

Having said all this, if you're stuck for an activity and don't have the cash to see the dugongs, this exhibition is free and I know a ton of people who love it....... Maybe I'm just a hater after all.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Emma White at MOP

I've been cruising other galleries and plenty keep failing to inspire me. This artist, Emma White makes replicas of objects in a polymer clay that are so convincing that during your Eureka moment you meet an uneasy sense of vertigo and then joy. For details on this show check out MOP.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Video Art That's Compelling

I popped into MOP this arvo on my way to the bus stop and saw one of the best mixed media installations I've ever seen by Ella Barclay.

The piece was a bin of murky water disturbed by fans and had a video work projected into the water. Every now and then a woman emerged from the water.

Hurry up this show is only open til Sunday 22nd of Feb. 2/39 Abercrombie St Chippendale.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Chris Burgess at World Bar 25th of February

"Crispy, stencil artist extrordinaire - you know his face and might just have seen his art. At Cafe Guilia he may have made you laugh. Haven't been to Guilia? Let's start from scratch. Crispy is a flamboyant character. He has circulated the inner-city art scene with a deep desire to express himself within this colourful demographic of loveable people who are after an expression of their own inner experience. While being quite gregarious within his cafe persona, Chris Burgess has found a home within this community that has driven him to unleash the artist who can appreciate the world for the beautiful spectacle that it is. Despite formal training, navgation through the formal, the informal and moreover, the incedental parts of life has given him a unique and fresh approach towards the endeavour for artistic expression. Raised with five sisters, femininity has inevitably played a big part in the development of his vision as luscivious forms depict romantic silohettes reminicent of fifties pin-up girls, representing the fragility and power of the femine condition."

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

BUSTING OUT: Masters of Their Domain

BUSTING OUT: Masters of their own domain

Lust, greed, and the futility of men's and women's search for reality are just some of the themes that punctuate this exciting new show at Gallery at Wentworth, featuring a range of students and graduates from the College of Fine Art's Masters of Art program. Handpicked for their unique flair and talent, this show is an eclectic expose of new works by Tony Curran, Carla Hananiah, Gavin Cawthorn, Sophie P.d'Abrigeon, Anne Barrett, Stephen Yates and Anastasia Taylor.

Tony Curran's research into visual perception is expressed via colourful, interactive, and experimental neo-paintings which have been featured in exhibitions locally, interstate and internationally. www.tonycurran.blogspot.com.

Carla Hananiah's paintings involve an indepth study of contemporary imaging of landscapes and how memory can both form and deform artistic expression. www.carlahananiah.com

Gavin Cawthorn's paintings subtly discuss the inevitability of decay in photorealistic paintings of wealth symbols which become carefully curated still life works. He has exhibitted in numerous shows in regional and urban NSW. www.gavincawthorn.com

Stephen Yates' paintings depict the exotic. Travelling around the world Stephen has researched this subject in Laos, Cambodia and the reef fringed northern islands of New Guinea. As an outsider Stephen uses a hightened sense of awareness and understanding to dive into different cultures to give to us his anthropological representations. By day Stephen is an art teacher in the Sydney suburbs.

Sophie P.d'Abrigeon investigates the voyeur, and the power imbalance between subject and object in gender relationships. Eerie, political and provocative, Sophie's works stand up for the new taboo of gender discourse, in a world of confusingly altered gender politics.

Anastasia Taylor is an artist who has lived around Europe and the US before settling in Australia, Anastasia's work is a must see for lovers of Art History and inquisitors into national identity. Anastasia combines images from places she has been to express something both personal and universal about her visits/travels.

Anne Barrett works with the macroscopic and microscopic together to bring about a cosmos of waves and particles suspended in a state of constant flux, governed by forces of chaos and order. Anne's research explores the nexus of art, science and technology, using oil paint on smooth synthetic canvas. Her practice mirrors her concept by utilising techniques of chance and control within the painting process and by mimicking contemporary imaging techniques and the surface aesthetic of the electronic screen.

This show opens on January 14 at Gallery at Wentworth – 17 Bligh St, Sydney and will continue until January 20. Celebrations for the opening night commence at 5:30pm until 8pm January 14.