Posted on April 10, 2015
Like a curious and inexorable infection of awesomeness and colour, PUBLIC 2015 is underway. We’ve already seen early signs of it out in the state’s peripheries in the Wheatbelt and Pilbara regions with splashes of colour and strange creatures being painted on walls and giant wheat silos, now get set to see over 50 international and local artists once again transform walls around our city into vibrant works of art, bringing creativity and inspiration out into the community.
Metropolitan locations will include Victoria Park, Leederville, Fremantle, Claremont, Northbridge, and Perth CBD where you can get the opportunity to see artists at work. Download the artwork location map and stay tuned for daily updates via FORM’s Facebook page to find out where and when you can witness creations in the making and even chat to the artists during breaks. We’ll be trying to get to as many as possible but amongst all the faces we’d love to see are local whizzes Stormie Mills, Kyle Hughes Odgers, Hayley Welsh, James Giddy, Anya Brock, Amok Island, and interstate/international greats Phlegm, Beastman, Vans the Omega, and Hense. If last year’s reimagining of places like Wolf Lane and Murray St is anything to go by, Perth you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Occurring concurrently and equally as excitement-inducing is the PUBLIC Symposium where a number of creative leaders who have impacted their own communities around the world through arts, architecture, urban planning and philanthropy will be coming to share their wealth of knowledge, ideas and experiences to stimulate conversation, collaboration and the collective fire in our bellies to shape and positively influence our own streets, neighbourhoods, cities and countries through art and creativity.
Click on the links to be part of the experience. We’ll be seeing you there!
PUBLIC Symposium / April 15-17 2015 / State Theatre Centre WA
Posted on May 23, 2014
A groovy cactus print.
A pick-me-up coffee at a new found hotspot.
A toasty vintage coat picked up for a bargain that comes with authentic old lady smell. (Need to sort that one out)
These are a few of my favourite things.
Posted on January 10, 2014
We had less than two tiny days to squeeze in as much Melbourne as possible before my friend’s wedding, and by golly I think we did it! Arriving in the wee hours of Friday, we nabbed some shut eye before heading out into the CBD and chowing down a hearty breakfast at Cumulus Inc, an uber trendy coffee spot which felt very Gordon St Garage-esque. A visit to Melbourne is incomplete without wandering through Hosier Lane to ogle at the psychedelic street art.
A spot of shopping (50% off at Gorman – uh, yeah!?) was followed by a completely unnecessary but completely delicious lunch at noodle and dumpling house, Hutong. This gave us enough energy to power walk into Fitzroy where many unique and carefully curated shops awaited. Highlights were Little Salon and Third Drawer Down. For dinner, we waited in the fortunately very rapidly moving queue at Mamasita, wolfed down some delectable street style corn and pulled pork tostaditas, then tumbled on back to the hotel, falling deep asleep as soon as our heads hit our pillows.
Thanks for the good times, Melbs!
Posted on January 8, 2014
One of our first stops during our quick visit to Melbourne was a trip down Hosier Lane. No cars drive down this lane and over time it has become a gallery of some of the greatest street art you’ll ever see! I just love the mish-mash of colours and styles, practically every surface adorned by a garish signature or skilfully created visage. It’s one of our favourite spots we return to regularly as it’s never the same each time and always great fun to explore!
Posted on February 14, 2013
Last Friday Jinn attended the opening of Kyle Hughes-Odgers’ exhibition “A Thousand Lights From A Hundred Skies” (so jealous!). He got the chance to have a chat with the talented artist himself about his work and inspiration behind it. I wish with all my heart I could have been there too! See what he wrote about the evening below.
“I love your stuff man.”
He turns a bearded grin in my direction.
Kyle Hughes-Odgers seems like a really nice bloke. When I tell him that Sarah and I were really huge fans of his work, he almost seems surprised. Shocked even. Never mind the hundred or so people milling around inside Turner Galleries just to see his latest exhibition. He still seems genuinely appreciative of the praise. Some people are just nice people it seems. And super artistically talented too!
“So Sarah’s up in Broome?” Clearly he reads the blog!
“Yep,” I tell him. “I’m here by myself for six months. Have to work, you know.”
He laughs. “So you’re manning the fort by yourself,” he says. I nod.
Kyle is such an accessible person and his art is so accessible too. But it doesn’t baby you. It doesn’t give you obvious answers. He draws you in with gorgeous geometric shapes, interesting patterns, colours and symmetry — but beyond that, he makes you look, he makes you think. The figures he depicts are almost child-like in their simplicity — yet at a certain level, the art holds something back, encouraging you to forage deeper for meaning.
“I think art needs to be more than just aesthetically pleasing, otherwise it just becomes design,” Kyle explains.
“It needs to be open to interpretation. I make each piece or body of work around a specific set of concepts or ideas that make sense to me but I wouldn’t want the work/concepts to be so obvious or based purely on aesthetics that the viewer can’t see or understand an idea that links to their own personal experience. I don’t think a painting works if you know exactly what the artist is trying to say at first glance.
“There needs to be multiple layers to keep me interested.”
Earlier I had spoken to gallery director Helen Turner about her view of Kyle’s current works. She talks with passion and enthusiasm. She is obviously a big fan!
“A lot of these paintings depict the struggle between the natural and industrial world,” she says.
“We see those figures struggling to find balance between the man-made and natural world, and we identify with them. I think we all yearn for a more natural life, but just like the figures depicted, we don’t always get there.”
Kyle goes on to explain further: “I’m just highlighting something that bothers me about the modern world. Human advancement at all costs even if it means we are destroying our natural environment. As long as we have our fill in our lifetime. It’s a horrible attitude to being alive.”
And what of the figures themselves? Some of them seem particularly sad. Are any of them based on himself, for example? (Some of them do have a passing resemblance to the man! Especially with that beard!)
Kyle laughs. “None of the figures are identifiably me, but… I think subconsciously, artists do tend to portray themselves in their work,” he says.
“The figures are something that has developed over time. I try to show moments of hope or optimism amidst the weight of their surroundings or situation.
“My recent work has been focusing on ideas of ingenuity and practical creativity within a narrative. Paintings about knowing what you need to do to change a situation but not having the skill set or mechanisms to do so. So there is a melancholy to the work.”
We talk for a bit longer, about his experiences overseas (he loved Cambodia and New York); painting up in Port Hedland (he loved painting the big abandoned bus in the middle of the desert); his plans for the future (to be based in Perth, but travel some more), his opinion of the arts scene in Perth (its growing, expanding, improving!).
After talking for several minutes, Kyle attention is taken — another gallery devotee has grasped his hand with a firm handshake. He looks like a friend of his.
“A Thousand Lights From a Hundred Skies”
Feb 8 – March 9 2013
470 Williams St Northbridge
Posted on February 7, 2013
On the last weekend before leaving for Broome, I had the chance to have a sneaky-peek preview of Kyle Hughes-Odgers’ upcoming solo exhibition “A Thousand Lights From A Hundred Skies”. Jinn and I have been closely following Kyle’s work for a number of years – chances you have been too, perhaps without even knowing it! Kyle’s work can be found almost everywhere in Perth, from street murals in Northbridge, Subiaco and Claremont, to a shop wall in Pigeonhole, to a mural at Murdoch University. He has also travelled around the world, painting in such places as New York, Berlin and Cambodia. His stuff is unmistakeably awesome and incredibly distinctive, quirky yet somehow manages to grab your attention, hold it, then twist your heart strings in an inexplicable way – that’s some talent.
Kyle’s last exhibition in Perth was held two years ago. We were a bit lackadaisical about attending and missed the opening night, and by the time we eventually got there we were devastated to find that all the works had been sold! We vowed from then on and henceforth that we would not be such lazy butts when his next collection came around. Jinn had been following the progress and preparation for this upcoming exhibition closely on Twitter and Instagram and we were determined not to miss out this time. I was heartbroken when the opening date was announced – I was going to be in Broome. But unbeknownst to me, Jinn got in contact with the lovely people from Turner Galleries to say that we were interested in purchasing a work, and we were granted an early preview of the works which were actually already hanging in the gallery, ready for exhibiting!
It was seriously my lucky day/dream come true/prayers answered/fairy godmother moment. What an experience to get to see Kyle’s latest collection of works in their entirety, and with a somewhat behind-the-scenes commentary/guided tour with Helen, the lovely Gallery Director who let us in that day. She even showed us some older works of his from previous collections. It totally added yet another dimension and depth to viewing the paintings and an insight into how his style has evolved over the years.
We oohed and aahed and admired the works, and then we ummed and aahed while we vacillated between which one we would choose. And then – we did it! We went with our initial gut instincts and chose “A Future Life”. After the exhibition we’ll get to bring our very first piece of original art home (i.e. not a print!) and find the perfect bit of wall for it where we will undoubtedly continue to enjoy it.
Be sure to check out the exhibition! Kyle Hughes-Odgers is a locally grown talent who is taking on the international stage in a serious way – watch this space and see him explode, I guarantee it.
“A Thousand Lights From a Hundred Skies”
Feb 8 – March 9 2013
470 Williams St Northbridge
Posted on January 7, 2013
So we were recently in Malaysia for a whirlwind trip to finally wind up the month long festivities that was Jinn’s little sister’s wedding! Crazy hey? But between dinners and meet-and-greets (Jinn’s parents both have massive extended families) we managed to fit in a spot of shopping, sight-seeing and as you can see – a whole stack of food! Malaysia is well-known for its culinary delights and boy oh boy I tried my bestest to sample them all!
Top 10 things to eat in Malaysia:
***Street art in Penang by Ernest Zacharevic