February 28, 2015

NATHAN MUNDRABY x RUSSELL JAMES

 

I recently stumbled across the work of Nathan Mundraby, Indigenous Australian artist. 
Mundraby, along with legendary photographer Russell James, (Perth born! woot woot) have created a series of incredible images that touch on the whimsical nature of the untouched environment.

Fusing James' photographic talent with Mundraby's traditional artistic practices, they have created intricate, fluid forms from powerful feminine energy (mostly from my girl Nicole Trunfio!), resulting in works that are not only balanced, but harmonious.

NOMAD TWO WORLDS has "evolved from James' individual attempt to understand the clash of ancient and modern cultures he witnessed growing up in Australia to what it is today - a powerful expression of partnership, reconciliation, and economic opportunity in action through art, music and film that has become a global example of true collaboration across deep cultural divides." 
-Nomad Two Worlds

NATHAN MUNDRABY

"Nathan Mundraby is a descendant of Jabulum Mandingalbay Clan - Yidinji Rainforest People and Lama Lama Tribe - Thaypan Country (Weipa South). He is also recognised and allowed to claim ownership to the Djirrbal Tribe - Ravenshoe/Upper Tully. Nathan is a 7th generation descendant of a proud Mandingalbay woman and Tablelands Yidinji/Djirrbal man. Nathan has the Djirrbal Indigenous given name of Midin (possum) given by his father’s mother - Dowiti Yarrakali. His Yidinji tribal name is Yabulam (black cane). He was named after a great tribal elder of generations past. Nathan was taught by his grandparents, parents and Aboriginal Elders of the ways of his ‘people’ through stories, dancing and art."

See more here 

February 8, 2015

REVIEW: TAMARA DEAN at UNSW


Imagine yourself stranded. 
Balancing precariously on a cold muddy rock, in a deep dark lake.
Wobbly wet stepping stones are all that mark the way.
The forest silence echos and swirls around you.
Damp air, with a heavy, drenched-earth aroma envelopes you.

A woman gently whispers in your ear 'feel with your feet and breathe though your nose'.

You follow the rocky path...up the hill, through the forest, where the others went. 

This is your path. This is your space, your moment, your time.

This is the visual, physical, olfactory, and audible experience of Tamara Dean's new show and it is the essence of sublime.
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I always thought art should encompass all senses and Tamara does not disappoint with 'Here and Now', where the viewer is quite literally transposed into the image. The giant photograph, that is central to the installation; of wet rock, splintery wood, soft moss, and bare flesh embodies the opposition that occurs between our natural environment and our busy modern lives.
Described as an 'immersive installation' it offers a unique perspective for the viewer. It is a place to not only to contemplate the work, but to contemplate one's own position in nature, and in life. Tamara replaces technology with the organic, sound with silence, and pace with space.

Olfactory engagement is also a big part of this exhibition. The ambient earthy fragrance that permeates the air is a comment on how we need to 'take an intimate moment to breathe, wonder, observe and reflect'.

Artist Tamara Dean in her immersive installation.

From the press release:
 
"Dean, currently Artist-in-Residence at UNSW, has spent the last month developing Here and Now, an immersive installation she describes as a “transformation from working within a two dimensional to a four dimensional space. “Here and Now is a huge shift from the way I’ve worked before in terms of the physicality and theatricality of the work,” said Dean.

The artwork will be featured in a New York exhibition curated by Associate Professor Simone Douglas, Master of Fine Arts Director, Parsons (The New School for Design) in NYC.


New York-based curator and art critic (Art in America) Gregory Volk has stated that Dean "looks to be one of the next important photographers emerging from Australia”.


To help create a multi-sensory experience Dean has collaborated with award-winning fragrance artist Ainslie Walker to tap into the most primitive and primordial sense – smell."

 Artist Tamara Dean in her immersive installation.


www.tamaradean.com.au

'MAKING IT LAST' for ALLMYFRIENDSAREMODELS.COM

AmyFinlayson

Diversify. “To make or become more diverse or varied.”

Not really a word you hear daily, but something that is essential to the longevity of models in this day and age. Fortunately, I am undertaking the requirements of this verb. Unfortunately, it was not as easy as I thought it was going to be.

Advice to aspiring models

You see, modeling is fantastic- the pay is unparalleled, the attention is unsurpassed and a general working day is rather glamorous in comparison to a normal 9-5. Combine all of this over a 10year period and you end up with a pretty rock solid ego that scoffs at the idea of ever having to actually do anything else in life. But lucky for me, I knew this beauty bubble wasn’t going to last forever, so I jumped in early and got the wheels in motion for a career ‘post pretty’. (Last year I finally graduated from University, had my first art exhibition and launched my own website. This year will see the launch of my most amazing projects to date, so jump online to www.thefincollection.com and stay tuned.)

I have grown up in an industry where my booker tells me where to go, how much I am getting paid, and how long I will have to be there for. They used to (and often still do) book all my airfares, chase the client if they didn’t pay on time, and sometimes tell me what to wear. They would handle all my affairs and then take me out for a nice seafood dinner. I am obviously older and somewhat wiser now and have learned how to handle my own affairs and really take control of business, yet it took much longer than normal- because I was a young model…and I had someone to do it all for me.

Advice to aspiring models

Let me make it clear however I am no dummy- I graduated University with amazing grades, I just started my own business and I relish new challenges. Yet for a long time, my idea of hard work was/ is happily staying on set till 2 am jumping around in heels while the photographer yells at me to go ‘higher’ and to ‘look right as you swing the bag left and look sexy’ (see above!) . However staying in an office after-hours is a foreign concept to me- and that doesn’t make me lazy, it just makes me different, so when establishing the next phase of my career, I have to encompass all that I have learned over the past ten. I will probably never have a ‘regular’ 9-5 job, to the horror of my parents, as it is just not ‘me’. I am carving out a niche and making a nice valley for myself between art, entertainment, and modeling. No, it’s not easy, and sometimes I don’t know what I am doing because I don’t have someone telling me exactly what to do, but I will press on! If this industry has taught me anything, it’s resilience, perseverance and passion.
 Advice to aspiring models
So my advice to aspiring models, when the market is swamped with a new crop of girls who all think they are worthy of a Vogue cover just because they have done a few test shoots and have over10k Instagram followers (not bitter at all), one has to add to one’s list of talents in order to stand out.
It’s about longevity in a fantastic industry that I personally want to stay in for as long as possible. I grew up here, and despite the radical changes that have occurred in it, I still feel strongly connected to all the crazy creative masterminds that make it up.
Cheers to you all!

February 6, 2015

URBAN S P R A W L




 
Long languid days, warm balmy nights, fine gold jewellery and not a lot of anything else.
Shot on location in Cottesloe, Perth, Western Australia.

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