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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).

The Electric Lady movement rushes Sydney & Melbourne

The Electric Lady movement rushes Sydney & Melbourne
Electric Lady is an all-female music movement featuring Australian artists Ali BarterAlex LaheyJack RiverGretta RayBec SandridgeRackett and Bodytype. The movement make its live debut in Sydney at the Metro Theatre on Friday 30 June and in Melbourne at The Corner Hotel on Saturday 1 July.

In the lead-up to these momentous shows, Electric Lady will release a series of “Live Sessions” featuring select artists on the lineup, covering each others songs.

Gretta Ray‘s cover of Jack River’s ‘Talk Like That’ is the first in this series.

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Coinciding with the live music component, Electric Lady will feature interviews with inspiring women working in diverse fields, amplifying the strength of women in music, politics, science, sport and beyond. Stephanie Gilmore (Surfer), Isabel Lucas (Activist/Actress), Tyler Wright (Surfer), Katie Mack (Astrophysicist), Belinda Pavlovic (Aeronautical Engineer, DASA) and Molly Taylor (Rally Racing Champion) will feature.

Buy tickets to Electric Lady here.

Seen at top: Photo by Ash Schumann

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 17: Backstage at macgraw

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 17: Backstage at macgraw

I have to credit Australian singer Montaigne for my first introduction to macgraw. She described their aesthetic as “a blend between Amish chic and stately caszj.” They were responsible for Montaigne’s “dracula pirate” look at Splendour In The Grass last year. Since the label has been on my radar, it’s exploded, macgraw won the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize Australia & New Zealand for womenswear, and they continue to dominate Australia’s fashion landscape with a clever balance of strong romance and practical street dressing with a flourish of ruffles. Please, tie us in ribbons or lose us forever, but please don’t ever lose the fervour.

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MBFWA 17 macgraw at Carriageworks Credit: Flaunter.com Photo: Tim Da Rin

Here are our favourite looks from macgraw’s runway show on Tuesday;

MBFWA 17: DOUBLE RAINBOUU

MBFWA 17: DOUBLE RAINBOUU

Some collections leave an impression for reasons unrecognisable at first, and that’s the beauty of style. But when you start to consider why fashion is making your radar go bananas… and consider what in history could have prompted a response of such jubilation, it can be unpacked pretty quickly. Double Rainbouu had us recalling the 1985 song Sun City by Artists United Against Apartheid, a creative uprising by way of Bruce Springsteen, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Pat Benatar, Ringo Starr, Hall & Oates, Peter Garrett, Jimmy Cliff, Joey Ramone and a heap of other very assorted musicians lending their vocals (and sartorial stylings to the video) to an important cause. Though I can’t be sure if there was any political message behind this particular collection, the statement of a movement waving hi from the 80s is all there to see and adore at once, with the energy of a village emanating from these photographs.

Of course, I’m purposely not reading bios, because I want to feel the feels for reals. Here are some of our favourite moments from the MBFWA Double Rainbouu runway at Carriageworks on Monday;

MBFWA 17: KARLA ŠPETIĆ

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 17: An up close look at Bianca Spender

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 17: An up close look at Bianca Spender

Block colour, loosely formed sleek cuts, cinched waists and rock n roll hair made for subtle power dressing at the Bianca Spender show on Monday.

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The finishing touches before show time. Source: Flaunter / dashboard.flaunter.com MBFWA 17 BTS // Bianca Spender at Carriageworks Photograph by Tim Da Rin

Take a closer look backstage here. We adore a relaxed trench;

MBFWA: Street Style Monday

Of course there is no shortage of peacocks at Sydney’s premiere fashion event, but here is a selection of our favourites, packing a punch in the style stakes. Taking risks entertains your adoring public, my dears.

For the boys…