David Hockney at the NGV

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My year 12 photography teacher always used to tell me how much she loved David Hockney’s work. She made us study his work which then became the focal point for one of our major projects that year. Our project was to create a photomontage of a scene captured from a moment in time.

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An example of a photomontage is the one behind my friend and I. Made up of multiple canvases, they are painted individually to create one entire seamless scene. When I was doing my photomontage I was annoyed with how misaligned my photos were but then I later appreciated the imperfections of it. At close range it looked so messy but from afar the image is so distinct and the individual  pieces seemed so harmonious (I made a collage of the Sydney Harbor when I was away in Sydney during the assignment).

This was pretty much a Hockney moment for me. Throughout his prolific career as a stage designer, photographer and painter, he’s managed to explore new art techniques, even iPhone and iPad drawings which were displayed in the exhibition.

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It was the last day of the David Hockney exhibition and that happened to be on a public holiday. We strolled down to the Moomba festival across the road and then made our last stop at Ichi Ichi Ku  restaurant for dinner. Worth a try if you’re in South Yarra – I approve the black on black gyozas. Photo-13-3-17,-4-50-14-pm Photo-13-3-17,-6-43-49-pm Photo-14-3-17,-12-24-46-am

Roosters Rock

A lot of my friends are roosters this year including myself. My birthday JUST made it before the Lunar New Year calendar – for the longest period of time, I thought I was born in the year of the dog. To show some chicken love for the New Year, I’ve devised a list of some of my favorite  21st-century chickens that I randomly stumbled across.

 

1. The Chickens from Resident Evil 4

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The Resident Evil games are my favorite (currently playing the latest RE7 on the ps4) and in Resident Evil 4 I remember spotting chickens running around innocently as depicted in the screenshot. Don’t worry they weren’t infected by the zombie virus but if you shot them you’d get a healing egg. I didn’t shoot them anyway. The chickens helped shed a little light on the dark nature of this series.

 

2. Los Pollos Hermanos

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Those times Gus and Walt would go about their business in this fictional fast food chain. As a Breaking Bad fan I would LOVE to see this fried chicken chain open up in real life. Their chicken looks so good, you forget their meetings are about drugs because the crispy chicken gets in the way.

 

3. Torchic

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You wouldn’t recognize this Pokemon if you only followed the 1st generation category like me. I only recall Torchic as one of the first pokemons you choose from Pokemon Ruby on the Gameboy advanced. I found Torchic and Mudkip the cutest.

4. The Chicken from Orange is the New Black

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My favorite chef from OITNB once said: “All I ever wanted was to eat that chicken, that is smarter than the other chickens and absorb its power”. It was the only chicken featured in the series and potentially the tastiest for the inmates. After 4 seasons, it still hasn’t been caught.

 

5. Crossy Road

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I’ve never played this game on the iPhone. I only started playing it a couple of weeks ago on our Apple TV and after this experience  I think it’s better to stick with the phone instead. I’m hopeless with the Apple TV remote. Besides that I can’t get enough of the look of the chicken in this game!

Finally, I drew a Rooster a while back as part of a family Chinese zodiac drawing. The rooster gave me the toughest time to draw in comparison to the other animals I drew next to it. Will I ever draw a rooster again? Most likely not.

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A date with Viktor & Rolf

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The National Gallery of Victoria have housed some big artists and designers with the likes of Warhol, Degas, Hockney, Gaultier and Monet. They continue to do so as next year’s event calendar looks promising. When I got an email from the NGV team telling their subscribers that they’re bringing The House of Dior  in 2017, I was over the moon. I’m THAT excited I could book tickets right now!

After visiting the Ai Wei Wei and Andy Warhol exhibition  this year I immediately heard talks of a Viktor and Rolf exhibition coming into town. I revived my subscription to NGV newsletters so that I was completely up to date with all of this. If you’ve seen their creations on TV, you’ll know how mesmerising they are.

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The tour guide explained how experts today didn’t know how  those holes were cut so perfectly on that red dress. Up close it looked like a million stitches done to each layer of chiffon. I stared at this for a long time and nearly accidentally touched it.

This is literally wearable art. While they do have ready-to-wear collections, Viktor and Rolf’s speciality lies in haute couture. The dutch duo continually re-invent the wheel, using fashion as a core tool for artistic expression. The saying “Fashion is Art, Art is Fashion” is evident in their body of work and remains at the forefront for the trends we’ve seen the last decade. The Viktor and Rolf: Fashion Art exhibition is held at the NGV until early next year. I highly recommend sparing a few hours for your entertainment – they even have a kids hub much where you can take photos with different backdrops that turn into animations!
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A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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