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Internationally renowned light artist James Turrell is set to transform Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art with a major architectural light installation to mark GOMA’s 10th anniversary year.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines says the special commission is set to be permanent, illuminating GOMA’s facade at night from early December 2017.  Ambitious and dramatic, it will transform the way the Gallery of Modern Art building is seen and experienced by local and international audiences.

Says Saines, ‘In 2002, after Architectus + Davenport Campbell won the international competition to design the Gallery of Modern Art, lead architects Kerry Clare, Lindsay Clare and James Jones envisaged an artist-illuminated ‘white box’ on the building’s main pedestrian approaches.’

Turrell’s installation will activate the potential of GOMA’s white box facade and realise one of the architects’ original design intentions with the building.

Its eastern and southern facades will be illuminated from within from dusk, with an evolving pattern of light developed by the artist for the location.  Visible from around the Cultural Precinct and across the river, it will add a substantial presence to the already iconic building, giving Brisbane’s cityscape new life after dark.

For more than half a century, Arizona-based Turrell has worked with light and space to create immersive and moving artworks that play with viewers’ perceptions. His large-scale luminous installations – located in or on buildings, or within landscapes – attract visitors from around the world.  He has created more than 80 ‘Skyspaces’, chambers with an aperture in the ceiling open to the sky, including Within without (2010) at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and Amarna (2015), at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart.

Since 1974, he has been working on a monumental project at Roden Crater, an extinct volcano in northern Arizona, while continuing to create works for public and private institutions in over 24 countries.

Seen at top: James Turrell at GOMA (artist impression).

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Ben Mendelsohn in a production still from Una.

Actor Ben Mendelsohn will arrive in Australia for the 2017 Sydney Film Festival in June, where he will attend the Australian premiere of his new film Una.

The celebrated actor will appear at post-film discussions on Friday 9 and Sat 10 June. Following the Sydney premiere, Mendelsohn will then travel to Melbourne for two In Conversation screenings on Sunday 11 June, first at the Astor Theatre, and then at Cinema Nova in Carlton.

Hailed as one of Australia’s most iconic actors, Ben Mendelsohn rose to prominence in the film The Year My Voice Broke.  He also appeared in the popular drama Love My Way before his acclaimed role of Pope in David Michôd’s harrowing Animal Kingdom.

Mendelsohn’s latest film Una is a story about a young woman’s journey to reclaim her past. Based on Scottish playwright David Harrower’s much celebrated, Olivier Award-winning play Blackbird, the film stars Rooney Mara and Mendelsohn as protagonists Una and Ray.  Fifteen years earlier, Una ran away with an older man (Ray), a crime for which he was arrested and imprisoned.  When Una comes across a photo of Ray in a trade magazine, she tracks him down at his workplace looking for answers about their shared, abusive past.  Her abrupt arrival threatens to destroy Ray’s new life and derail Una’s own stability.  Unspoken secrets and buried memories start to surface as Una and Ray sift through the wreckage of their prior relationship, their confrontation raising unanswered questions and unresolved longings.

Tickets for the two Melbourne In Conversation sessions on 11 June are on sale now: 4pm at The Astor Theatre, Melbourne and 6pm at Cinema Nova, Carlton. Una’s Official Australian release date is June 22.

 

Big Names Set for BIGSOUND

Big Names Set for BIGSOUND

Australia’s biggest annual celebration of new music, Brisbane’s BIGSOUND Festival, has unveiled its first round of tastemakers and speakers to attend the event held in Fortitude Valley from September 5 – 8.  

Drawing from a massive pool of buyers, talent scouts and A&R from around the globe, there will also be some inspirational local legends in attendance. Confirmed Australian artist keynote speakers are Archie Roach and Tina Arena.

Proving there are many ways to Australian music success, their career paths couldn’t be more different.  Both individuals have a firm place in the Australian consciousness as a result of crossing cultures, ages and genres to prove the relevance of telling Australian stories through song across multiple decades.

‘It is my honour to welcome our esteemed first keynote speakers to the lineup this year – two Australian icons who have contributed so much to our cultural identity over the past few decades. I know they have a lot to say, and I absolutely can’t wait to hear it.’ –  BIGSOUND programmer Maggie Collins

Flying in from the US will be Quentin Tarantino’s music supervisor, Mary Ramos.  Ramos is responsible for creating some of cinema’s most influential Grammy, Academy Award, BAFTA and Critics Choice-nominated soundtracks, including Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol. 2, From Dusk Till Dawn and Jackie Brown.

BIGSOUND 2017 will also be a celebration of successes, including deal-signing alumni from previous BIGSOUND Festival performances that include Middle Kids, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, The Goon Sax and Flume.  BIGSOUND also welcomes triple j’s Nick Findlay and Zan Rowe, A&R from Trouble In Mind Records, Belmont Bookings and Magnetic Asia, as well as dozens more individuals who will provide encouragement to festival attendees wishing to build a global career in music.

A panel of international delegates will decide the winner of the inaugural Levi’s® Music Prize – a $100,000 annual prize pool designed to support BIGSOUND alumni as they take the next steps in their career and creating opportunities from the buzz they create at BIGSOUND Festival. Artists wanting to perform in front of the world’s music tastemakers are able to apply now using an all-new, simple application process here. Artist applications close on 22 May.

This year’s conference will also see the launch of some new elements, including an expanded music technology program and Music Tech Showcase. Emerging Australian music tech companies with products at prototype stage are encouraged to submit applications via the BIGSOUND website. Successful applicants will receive a full mentoring day in the lead-up to BIGSOUND, and the invaluable opportunity to market test their products with the music industry in attendance.

‘Technology is arguably the biggest influence over today’s music industry, so it’s fitting that BIGSOUND becomes more inclusive of the tech sector.’ – QMusic Executive Officer Joel Edmondson.

More exciting announcements to come about BIGSOUND‘s evolution in 2017.

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It’s On: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane 2017

It’s On: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane 2017

The time to get excited about the return of Brisbane Fashion Week is nigh. We’re excited to confirm that the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane program will be released on Thursday 1 June, with the event running from Sunday 27 – Thursday 31 August, 2017.

MBFF Brisbane was last held in 2015. All aspects of the fashion festival have been reviewed to ensure a prestigious program which shines the light on the very best  in fashion, not just from Queensland but Australia-wide, representing the cream of emerging design talent.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane is Queensland’s key annual fashion event, coinciding with the arrival of new-season Spring/Summer design collections.

MBFF Brisbane actively supports the local fashion industry by giving Queensland designers a platform to display their work and connect directly with customers.  By showing collections at the same time as they land in store, inspired style-lovers can snap up their favourite looks fresh from the runway, which provides a boost for hard-working local creatives.
In addition to a stellar line up of Brisbane’s finest design talent and a welcome return of the buzz of runway shows and events, the Festival venue – the Fashion Bar – will provide the hot spot for frock-watching over a glass of bubbles. Another glass?

Tickets for all Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane events will go on sale Thursday 1 June, 2017 via the MBFF website or QTIX.

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TGW Q+A: Alexandra Savior

TGW Q+A: Alexandra Savior

The release of Alexandra Savior’s debut album marks an already huge year for a woman of many artistic talents; not only does Savior write music and perform live, she paints (her own official album artwork), directs and edits her own music videos.

Saviour’s new album, ‘Belladonna of Sadness’ was co-written with Alex Turner, frontman for British rock band Arctic Monkeys/Last Shadow Puppets and co-produced with Turner and James Ford, who has worked with Haim and Florence and the Machine.

We’ve been fans at The Garb Wire since the release of ‘M.T.M.E’ in 2016. This sultry, stomping, bass-laden track (accompanied by a psychedelic trip of a video) compelled us to know more about this fiercely creative, 60s-vibing, 21 year-old Oregon native:

TGW: Congratulations on the new album.  We’re pretty excited that this year continues to be huge for you.  You appeared at SXSW recently and are on the verge of taking Europe this spring and summer. How does it feel, given the delays you experienced with the original album release?

AS: Thank you! It feels exciting.

TGW: Keep Portland Weird. We are besotted with your David Lynch-meets-Valley of the Dolls vibe, your sense of drama.  Is there a particular reason Portland is considered eccentric, individualistic, weird?

AS: I suppose a lot of introverted, artistic types gravitate here, perhaps even the insane. It used to be very cheap as well which brought in a lot of creative, liberal minded people during the 1990’s or so. Before that, Portland was a working-class long shoremen town (hence the strip clubs).

“I suppose a lot of introverted, artistic types gravitate [towards Portland], perhaps even the insane.”

TGW: You’ve previously described having an affinity with the desert, a love for writing songs there and you’ve described your sound as a ‘desert-scape.’  Just what is it about the desert that sparks your inspiration?

AS: Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, the evergreen trees are your walls, and the clouds are your ceiling, you are enclosed into privacy even outdoors. So to see such an open, amber colored landscape somehow makes me feel exposed and suspicious, which makes for great stories.

TGW: Give us a vivid, sad memory, and an outfit you associate with that memory.

AS: Once I tried sports and fainted after the first lap of running, when I awoke, my high school crush was holding me in his arms. But, unfortunately I was bleeding, hyperventilating, and wearing a bright yellow jersey that read “CRHS” in disgusting yellow font. I would say that is pretty sad.

TGW: The title for your album ‘Belladonna of Sadness’ was inspired by a 1973 Japanese manga film.  As a painter, did the artwork for the film resonate with you, as much as the name?

AS: Yes, completely. That is how I was able to connect so much with the characters.

TGW: So you write, perform, paint, direct and edit… is there any one thing you’re not good at?

AS: Mmmmm… Being a good person probably.

TGW: You’ve achieved an impressive tracklist for the album as a result of your work with both Alex Turner and producer, James Ford.  What are three crucial elements you believe contribute to a successful creative working partnership?

AS: Lots of encouragement, sacrifice, alcohol, and mutual dedication.

TGW: Amy Winehouse or Adele?  

AS: Amy Winehouse, RIP.

TGW: You’ve been writing songs since you were 14, refusing to be molded into a mainstream product, with a definite sense of your own sound and style – is this strength something you’ve always had or did it develop as a reaction to things that have happened in your life?

AS: I always knew what I wanted to be in some way or another, but it would be a lie to say I did not at times allow myself to become molded by others’ expectations or desires. It has taken a long road to overcome the resentment I felt for those people and myself for allowing those opinions to overcome my own. Overall, I do not know exactly who or what I am, I am unfortunately learning these thing under a microscope, and trying not to be set ablaze.

“I do not know exactly who or what I am, I am unfortunately learning these things under a microscope, and trying not to be set ablaze.”

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Belladonna of Sadness is available now.

For a full list of live dates, click here.

Gold Coast: Get Crafted

Gold Coast: Get Crafted

From Burleigh and Broadbeach, through to Southport and Surfers, it’s safe to say Gold Coast beer lovers appreciate the the delights of the craft beer boom, knowing a pale ale from a wheat beer, and a lager from a stout.

Due to QLD liquor-licensing laws changing only within the past 12 months, the Sunshine State is a relative latecomer to the free-flowing, craft beer party.  So in order to delve a little deeper into the more traditional love affair between Queenslanders and their beer, it’s high time GC’ers celebrate the joys a truly magnificent small batch can bring.

Enter the Crafted festival.  Launching this November, Crafted will be the first craft beer and cider festival for the Gold Coast.

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Showing off not only local brewers but also those from South East Queensland and south of the border, it’s a one day (and evening) jollification of all things beer and cider, to the soundtrack of some amazing tunes and by the light of gourmet food trucks.  What’s even the point of beer without some incredible eats to enjoy alongside, right?  This inaugural event will be held within the picturesque open spaces of Pratten Park at Broadbeach, promising a welcoming and casual environment with some fine local and national talent entertaining crowds until sunset and beyond.

Brewer line-up and early bird ticket info to be announced on the Crafted website. Hops to it (see what we?.. oh never mind)

In Brisbane: A Super Marvel Blockbuster is Coming

In Brisbane: A Super Marvel Blockbuster is Coming

The weird and wonderful capes and costumes of famous Marvel characters including Captain America, Thor and the Hulk will feature among 500 plus objects in an exclusive to GOMA exhibition, ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ from 27 May to 3 September.

This will be not only the first Marvel exhibition staged in Australia, it will be the largest ever to be presented within an art museum. ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ will take up the entire ground floor of GOMA and include a staggering array of original costumes, props, spectacular set design, costumes, concept art and clips from both Marvel Studios films and some private collections.  Curated by QAGOMA’s Amanda Slack-Smith, the exhibition draws on Marvel’s extensive archives in order to give audiences unprecedented insight into the rich fictional world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  The legendary Marvel characters, with their complex personas and relationships, are profiled with particular focus on Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and the Avengers, alongside Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Kevin Feige (Producer, Marvel Studios) says they are thrilled to be working with QAGOMA to bring this unique show to life: ‘The support that we’ve received from Queensland and the country of Australia has been incredible. Following the success of filming Thor: Ragnarok on the Gold Coast, we couldn’t think of a better setting to stage the largest Marvel exhibition ever.’

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Marvel Adi Granov Keyframe for The Avengers. The Marvel exhibition will address three key themes – ‘The Cinematic Assembled’, ‘Decoding the Universe’ and ‘Behind the Scenes.’  It recognizes both artists and creative teams behind the much-loved stories, offering a glimpse into the work of production designers, storyboarding and pre-visualisation artists, costume and prop designers, as well as visual effects artists.

Must-see highlights include more than 60 original Marvel Studios costumes.  Visitors will be able to see Tony Stark’s race car from Iron Man 2, Thor’s hammer, multiple versions of Iron Man’s armour, the Eye of Agamotto from Doctor Strange, along with never-before-seen items from the set of the upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok.  Interactive experiences throughout the exhibition will invite visitors to delve even further into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Throughout the exhibition season a retrospective of Marvel films will screen in the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque, including Iron Man (2008), Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017).  The Marvel Cinematic Universe was conceived to translate the comic book experience into a cinematic realm, and with each successive film its universe grows more intricate as it expands.

A super Up Late series will accompany the exhibition on Fridays from 28 July – 1 September, including music, talks and more. The exhibition will also be open late until 9pm on Wednesday evenings.

Tickets to ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ and the MCU film retrospective are on sale now.

Seen at top: Rodney Fuentebella. Keyframe for Captain America: Civil War 2016 / © 2016 MARVEL
‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ has been organised by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment. The exhibition has received additional support from the Queensland Government though Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and Arts Queensland.