LOVE LETTER RED
Flashes of red lips and fiery red velvet coupled with the scent of fresh roses. Late night rendezvous, red wine and promises. Love Letter Red is sensuous, strong, alluring and warm. A colour for the brave and bold.
Follow the hum of neon lights and the buzz of electronic blue. This isn't a cold blue - it is hypnotic and glowing. It entices and conjures mirages of futuristic cities that never sleep and that offer the thrill of endless nights and endless possibilities.
Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World & Tatau: Marks of Polynesia - Immigration Museum Melbourne
When : Ends 6th October
Tickets: Adult $15.00 (covers all open exhibitions) Children Free
How do you feel about Tattoos? Personally, I like them a lot – on other people. It’s art on your body, that goes everywhere you do. Its graphic design that stays with you. It shows the world what your ‘style’ is, and what you find appealing. I’m just too scared to get one myself. It is not the pain…. What if I change my mind? What if the Babushka doll or Bauhaus design I would get today isn’t what I will want in 10 years?
Despite my own personal yes / no tattoo conundrum, I most definitely enjoy looking at other people's tattoos so off I went to Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks group of exhibitions at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne. I had 20 minutes for both exhibitions. This is what I saw and felt.
Tatau: Marks of Polynesia
Immediately upon entering the exhibition, beautiful music drifts around you and you are transported. Your eyes are immediately drawn to walls covered in the most sublime photography. Dozens of portraits of tattoed people line the walls - each showing, in great detail, the art form that is tatau.
Several sections of the exhibition are dedicated to explaining the traditional tools and methods used in tatau, however it is the quotes that are sprinkled around the exhibitions, that for me, helped me have a greater insite into the meaning of tatau.
‘ It’s not about being a tattooist. It’s not just a tattoo. Whenever I talk about tattoo, I talk about my family; I talk about my life. It’s a lifestyle and it’s cultural. I would give my life for it. ‘
Su’a Sulu’ape Peter
Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
A photographic exhibition by Kip Fulbeck and Takahiro Kitamura
When I was heading out of the Museum, I was asked to answer a questionnaire. ‘What did I enjoy the most about the Japanese Tattoo exhibition?’ I was asked. ‘The colours’ I answered without delay. The colours’. Such a wonderful, in-depth exploration of traditional Japanese art, colour and motifs, all tied together by the tattooing art form. Once again, the photography was breathtaking and if you have more time for your visit than I did, there was a video that explored the inspiration behind the exhibition.
As far as my own tattoo conundrum goes, the jury is still out. I’m still undecided, and it may remain unresolved for some time. Perhaps, the difference lies in a tattoo having a deep cultural connection as opposed to a tattoo ‘I like the look of’. I’ll get back to you………………
ALEXANDER CALDER: RADICAL INVENTOR - National Gallery Of Victoria
When : Ends Sunday 4th August
Tickets: Adult $22.00, Child (5–15 years) $10.00, Concession $18.00, Family (2 adults + 3 children) $60.00
I'm not sure what I was actually thinking about when my son took this photo on the weekend but I'm pretty sure it was something along the lines of ' ahhhh The NGV happy, HAPPY, HAPPY ( Mugatu style re Zoolander). I'm standing outside the wonderful Alexander Calder exhibition, with one of his amazing mobiles behind me in the window. Calder was an artist and sculptor with a career spanning from the early 1900's the 60's/70's. The exhibition was a beautiful retrospective of his entire career starting with the sweetest little metal sculptures of a dog and a duck which he give to his parents for Xmas when he was 11. As you progress through the exhibition you encounter enchanting 3D paintings, where shapes float away from the background canvas - literally. Hanging by frames, the shapes sway and rotate in the breeze subtly blowing from vents in the ground. More wandering and your view opens out into cavernous white rooms sparsely filled with Calder’s larger, metal sculptures. I felt a little like Charlie in the chocolate factory TV room, with it’s whiteness and my eyes wide open with delight.
The Kids Room
I always love the Kids Room. It is always packed with awesome stuff and the Alexander Calder Workshop for Kids is no exception. Pop out characters to make your own sculptures, videos of cats ( Calder was a cat lover and used them as inspiration in his work) and textas to doodle. Need I say more.
One tip though! Don't leave it till the last week of an exhibition to visit, if you want the exhibition book. I did have a little tear of sadness form in my eye when the gift shop attendant said sorry sold out.