Posted on 20 November 2012.
Bill Henson is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. A master of light and dark in the tradition of the great European masters, he brings together in his work the formal and classical with the gritty, casual dramas of the everyday. His powerful and edgy photographs are both painterly and cinematic.
Henson’s work has been shown in the public domain since 1975, when he held his first solo show at the National Gallery of Victoria. Since then he has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and the Centro de Fotografia in Spain. In 1995 Henson represented Australia at the Venice Biennale. A comprehensive survey of his work was staged at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne in 2005. Henson’s work has been included in group exhibitions worldwide at prestigious venues such as the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Two major monographs have been published on Bill Henson’s work, Mnemosyne (2005) and Lux et Nox (2002).
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Posted on 24 May 2012.
Sydney’s annual festival of light, music and innovation is back from the 25th May – 11th June. The artist driven festival, in its fourth year will once again transform Sydney into a canvas of creativity and inspiration.
Vivid has become Sydney’s major winter festival with free and ticketed events at the Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay, the Rocks and now extending to the Walsh Bay precinct for the first time.
Thirteen new installations will form the Walsh Bay Light Walk, curated by Sydney Dance Company’s resident multimedia artist Peter Greg. Set to be an immersive cinematic experience, the walk takes visitors from pier 1 to 9 on a journey of creativity and innovation, offering interactive pathways flooded with luminous colours and astounding sculptures.
A fractured heart created by the Illuminart team and ARIA Award winning performer Gotye alone is something not to be missed. Combining dazzling animations with unique musical notes when played as a harp by the audience, the interactive instrument is said to be a highlight of the walk.
The full Vivid Sydney program is available at http://vividsydney.com
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Posted on 02 May 2012.
Sydney has a new star this season, in the form of a dining sensation; The Star’s new contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar, Sokyo. It’s fresh, bold and sexy, so perfect for any true Sydney dweller; the design is modern and functions perfectly as a hip bar, a cool sunken restaurant or an intimate dining experience.
You can expect spectacular flavours in the traditional Kaiseki style or a multi-course Japanese dinner created by Chase Kojima, formerly of Nobu restaurants and his international Sokyo kitchen. The menu redefines Japanese food; Chase creates new twists on traditional classics whilst also introducing his diners tastebuds to new favourites that they won’t be able to experience anywhere, but at Sokyo. The menu consists of sashimi, tempura, signature dishes, robata, soups, salads, plus nigiri and sushi rolls, complemented by a selection of quality wines and sakés. All of which will be offered to diners individually straight off the menu or in the Sokyo tailored manner where the restaurants staff will take you on a journey through Japanese cuisine and culture.
The restaurant itself is sleek and polished with a dynamic hyper-modern Japanese theme and dramatic splashes of colour.
Sokyo is a ‘must go’ for anyone looking for a new generation of dining with traditional essence.
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