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Here are a few photos from the Gertrude St Projection Festival that opened last Friday – It finishes at midnight tonight. I managed to make it along on Thursday. The evening was perfect and still, so great for viewing… But absolutely freezing!We started down one end of the street by Gertrude’s brown couch and walked up that side of the street before swapping over to the other side for the walk back.Which was a great idea in theory, but by the return journey from Smith street I gave in and picked up an amazingly delicious Columbian hot chocolate from Trippy Taco to keep my hands nice and warm on the walk back to the car – Because I stupidly went out without taking my gloves.… So most of my pics from the night are from the way up, or across the street only…I think my favourite for the night was this teeny figure projected inside a cupped pair of gloves, resting in a jewellery store window between their over-the-top, but totally gorgeous earrings and creepy stuffed birds. We were so close to just walking past that window…So it fully made me feel like I had found a little hidden treasure!

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The Gertrude Association‘s fourth Projection Festival opens this Friday and will run from 22-31 July from 6pm to midnight each night. The festival has become a significant arts event in Fitzroy and I’m really glad I’m over here and get to go see it!

This year’s Projection Festival features 29 different artists and sites with the theme hidden spaces and places – A theme that has literal, as well as abstract meanings. What is hidden away is often more appreciated when it is found.How cool is it to have a free outdoor gallery for week of projected media that you can see just by  taking a walk, bike ride or a tram up Gertrude street. Free opening night event on Friday, 7pm at the Workers Club on the corner of Brunswick and Gertrude.

Animations mapped to the Builders Arms Hotel, Melbourne 2009 by Kit Webster

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So this Sunday I finally got to go see the Melbourne Art Fair for 2010 that was on over the weekend at the Royal Exhibition Buildings.  Very cool building in itself and when filled with art from all over Australasia it was fantastic! Here are a few snapshots of bits I particularly liked – Yes, I couldn’t quite believe it …but I was actually allowed to take pictures ! *Click on any of the Polaroids to enlarge for a better look.

These first photos are of an interactive sculpture Paratekton by Simeon Nelson. Its one of three designs he has made for Mossgreen gallery – It comes as kitset in this beautiful box as pictured in the center, you assemble it yourself following pattern instructions, or build as you want. Was really stunning to see – its huge!

*Above left is a close up of a work entirely made out of lego – it was approximately 3×1.5 meters, and some bits were built outwards as well.

*Center is by Kathy Temin, represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney – The whole work is shapes covered in faux fur against a pale blue background…. it made me smile just walking around the corner and seeing it – it took up an entire wall of the galleries allocated space.

*Left- then is not now (blue) 2010, ceramic, nylon & wood, 19.0 x 25.0 x 25.0 cm is by Michael Doolan, Represented by Karen Woodbury gallery from Melbourne .

The above three works are from tbc Art incorporated – Its an artist run initiative based in Melbourne dedicated to providing a space where young, emerging and established artists alike have the artistic freedom to explore, experiment and take risks within their practices.

And this was the highlight of the day for me – Ryan Renshaw Gallery from Brisbane had dedicated its entire allocated space to New Zealand artist Peter Madden… He is one of my all time favorite artists, who I used as an artist model while studying fine arts at Massey. So seeing his work there was great.  The piece in the middle titled Birds is my pic from the show… if only I had a spare eight grand, this is what I’d be spending it on!!!  *Close up of Birds on the right.

And here are a few other artists from the show that I think are worth looking up and keeping an eye on :

  • Isidro Blasco – Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney.
  • Marion Borgelt – Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney.
  • Andrew Taylor – Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney.
  • Leigh Martin (Resin and pigment on canvas) – Jensen Gallery, Auckland.
  • Belinda Fox – Niagara Galleries, Melbourne.
  • Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (Ceramics) – Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne.
  • Sopheap Pich – Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong.
  • Shao Yinong & Muchen – Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong.
  • Rosalie Gascoigne – Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
  • Marley Dawson – Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
  • Robyn Stacey – Stills Gallery, Sydney.
  • Megan Jenkinson (Lenticular) – Stills Gallery, Sydney.
  • Chris Bond – Nellie Castan gallery, Melbourne.
  • Tom Moore – Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne.
  • Cyrus Tang – Anna Pappas gallery, Melbourne.
  • Vin Ryan – Anna Pappas gallery, Melbourne.

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This weekend is the Melbourne Art Fair for 2010 – Its on at the Royal exhibition building from the 4th – 8th of August.

The biennial event features paintings, sculpture, photography, installations and multi media art works of over 900 artists. There will be works that have been specially commissioned, project rooms,  Lectures and forums all taking place.

Here are some pics from this and previous years :

For more info about exactly whats on, the site to go to is :

http://melbourneartfoundation.com/fair/

I for one am very excited by this…. I’m taking Tui along either this afternoon or tomorrow!

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