Apr 25, 2013
is known for taking a simple proposition to great extremes. He has a predilection for readily available materials - found, everyday objects, and often his own body - as material, reference, and model. He has a persistent fascination with perception, time, scale and the “primitive” or rudimentary. His process can be long and arduous, labor intensive, and repetitive. Play and humor emerge. Since the mid-1980s he has brought the most inventive and varied materials to life in a wide-ranging body of work, taking the ordinary into new and unexpected realms. (via Stuart Collection
Apr 25, 2013
For an artist reinterpreting the still life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, in a new medium, Kevin Best
could not have been born in a more appropriately named country. New Zealand was named in 1645 after the Dutch province of Zeeland. Kevin takes us back to that golden era, he has amassed an extensive collection of items which featured in the original paintings, giant glass Roemer’s, delicate “Kraak” porcelain, German Westerwald jugs, agate and silver knives, silver cups and 300 year old bronze candlesticks that have miraculously survived many attempts to be turned into cannon. What he can’t find he makes, acquiring skills as a wood tuner, carpenter, set painter and jeweller. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the significance of every item in each work and how they interact with each other to form a narrative that had a deep significance in a time of great wealth and fear. A narrative that resonates to this day. Each work can take weeks or months to complete; his meticulous technique was learned at The Australian Centre for Photography.
Apr 25, 2013
Use your dirty laundry as a punching bag. The Punch Bag Laundry Bag
is big enough to hold a heavyweight load of washing & tough enough to take a beating. Rocky trained by punching frozen beef, now you can use your dirty laundry for your work out. Hang the bag in your wardrobe or the corner of your room, until you're ready to take your laundry to the cleaners, literally! Ideal for boxers, trousers and shirts, there's even enough room to throw in the towel.
Apr 24, 2013
For a number of years, the underlying theme in the work of Alet Pilon
has been the' balance of power' between man and beast. Typically, she has tended to see man as dominant and animals as defenseless and vulnerable, prompting her to attempt, in her work, to dismantle the might of man and emphasise the power of animals. Alet Pilon was strongly affected by her short stay at Het Vijfde Seizoen, where she saw that not only animals are vulnerable, but that people can be vulnerable as well – and perhaps to an even greater extent. As a result, she decided to revise her point of departure, making the demarcation between man and beast – between ruler and victim – vaguer, whilst the urge for life continued to manifest itself. (via Het Vijfde Seizoen