November 25, 2014

THE MASKED AVENGER

Celine dress, and skirt, Elle Boutique. Dinosaur Design necklace, Aspects of Kings Park. Earrings and cuffs, stylists own

Moncler jacket, and Tom Binns earrings, Elle Boutique. Emily Green necklaces, Aspects of Kings Park. 
MSGM top, Elle Boutique. Dinosaur Design earrings, Aspects of Kings Park.
Celine dress, and skirt, Elle Boutique. Dinosaur Design earrings, ring and bangles.




Moncler jacket, and Tom Binns earrings, Elle Boutique. Emily Green necklaces, Aspects of Kings Park. 


Model: Me (Amy Finlayson @ Chic Model Mgmt)
Photography and Artwork: Craig Williams
Styling: Teagan Sewell
Hair and Makeup: Hendra Widjaja for M.A.C

Shot in my home town of Perth, Western Australia.

November 13, 2014

POP TO POPISM for YOUONLYLIVEONCE.COM.AU


Are you ready for a revolution? If you are, The Art Gallery of NSW is the place to be.
There are some exceptionally radical works in the new show at AGNSW. ‘Pop to Popism’ catalogues the revolutionary shift in art during the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s when love was free, drugs were easy, politics were in question, war was erupting, life was turbulent and people were questioning authority.

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These questions ebbed and flowed through the artist of the time and came out in an explosion of art and power like no one had ever seen before. Color, collage, found objects, ready-mades, text, prints — everything in this show sticks it to the man, whether literally, like Basquiat’s rebellious street art, or in some subliminal, underground and beautifully artistic way.
Pop art, also know as popular art, was a reaction to the circumstances of the time. British pop was a resistance movement; a classless commando which was directed against the establishment. American pop was a celebration of popular culture and the new identity that was centered around consumerism and mass production. European pop took a slightly more political stance that was nuanced in relation to regional differences, yet almost always influenced by the ‘Coca-Colonisation’ of the domineering American society.

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Some say that Surrealism was the movement that changed art forever, but Pop art is where it really got gritty. It got real — people started to question the times, the authorities and the status quo- in the most creatively in-your-face way possible. No stone was left unturned. From Keith Haring and the AIDS epidemic, to Brett Whitely on acid painting about Vietnam, this show has it all.
The exhibition spans from Swinging London, through to The American Dream, across Euro Pop and all the way to pop Made in Oz. All the iconic artists are featured — Lichtenstein, Hockney, Basquiat, Koons, Kruger, Sherman, Whitely, Prince and I have honestly never seen so many Warhol’s in one place.

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The show has everything: paintings, sculptures, installation art, a cafĂ©… there’s even a giant game of Warhol Twister for the kids (or flexible and fun loving adults). Three basketballs in a tank of water? “That’s not art,” I hear you cry, but alas, it is! It’s all about the concept, the deeper meaning and the cultural context with pop art. Koons intended his balls (sorry mum) to be representative of the decline of society. As Koons described:
“A form of acceptance of the world. So in the journey of art, in a way, the first level is self-acceptance. And then this other calling, almost like a higher level, is to be able to accept, the outside world. And I really believe that the ready-made is a metaphor for the acceptance of others.”
Again, art transcends and teaches whilst inspiring and intriguing.

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“Art is what you can get away with” said Warhol, and this show is a testament to this revolutionary, boundary pushing mentality. One show you should definitely not miss.

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Words: Amy Finlayson

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