Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dream the World Awake

It's a great name for an exhibition and this one is at my old uni RMIT - Walter Van Beirendonck: Dream the World Awake is the first major international event to be presented at RMIT Design Hub and opened last Wednesday.  The show comes for the Antwerp Fashion Museum which presented the inaugural retrospective exhibition of fashion designer Walter Beirendonck in Autumn 2011.  Beirendonck is one of the original members of the avant-garde collective known as the Antwerp Six and has built an impressive career over the last three decades.  He is known for his colourful designs, his spectacular Paris fashion shows from the 1990s, his label W.&L.T. and the images of the body he has brought to the catwalks inspired by technology, fine art, pop culture and ethnographic sources.  The exhibition is on until 5 October and is one for adults only.
Cabbage by Vicki McInnes
Still light by Vicki McInnes and The story so Katz Cowley both open at The Light Factory Galllery in Eltham tomorrow and run until Sunday 18 August.  Vicki McInnes comes from a highly artistic background - her paternal grandfather WB McInnes was taught by Frederick McCubbin and was a seven time winner of the Archibald Prize.  The commonplace subjects of fruits, vegetables and flowers are the subjects that inspire McInnes for their natural beauty and truth in Still light and she sources her subject matter from the St Andrews, Yarra Glen and Hurstbridge farmers' markets.

Possum by Katz Cowley
Katz Cowley is an award-winning children's book illustrator best known for her first book 'The Wonky Donkey' (200) which went platinum in its first year of publication and has been a number one best-selling hit in Australia and New Zealand with the lovable flatulent donkey paving the way for Cowley's next 5 books.  The story so far... exhibition documents illustrations and behind-the-scenes sketches from Cowley's 6 books as well as a retrospective from the artist's lesser known works and creations, including her found object sculptures and journal sketches.

Nb. Miss Rosanna is The Light Factory Gallery's freelance PR consultant.

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