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Art, Desire and Vision Loss: An interview with Erica Tandori

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Erica Tandori is a legally-blind artist, academic and public speaker who was diagnosed with a form of macular dystrophy in her first year of art school. Her writing and practice examine the lived experience of vision loss, and the relationship between sight, vision and desire. With a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Erica shares with us some of her thoughts on what it means to 'see' the world from this unique and 'eye-opening' perspective.  --------------------Erica - you are an incredible artist and writer, with amazing technical skill. It is impossible to know from your paintings alone that you are legally blind. Can you tell...

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The Real Deal | Understanding The Letter of Provenance and the Certificate of Authenticity

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When buying anything, the product should match the label - and this is no different in the world of art. As objects imbued with intangible value, gauging where a work of art began and where it’s been is part of the product.     Enter the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) and Letter of Provenance (LOP). While these documents perform similar roles, they fundamentally differ. This article will pare back any myths and explain what, why and how these documents come into being.   What is a Certificate of Authenticity (COA)? A COA certifies that the artist attributed to a work...

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Poetry in Motion - Charles Blackman 'Dancers' from the Private Collection of Barry Moreland

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Collaboration is at the heart of great art. Across his career, renowned choreographer Barry Moreland nurtured this idea. Working alongside visual artist Charles Blackman, Moreland produced otherworldly ballets. These included Daisy Bates, Spindrift, Alice in Wonderland, Visions and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Backbend by Charles Blackman   This series of drawings come from a fruitful period in the Australian arts. Throughout the 1980s, at the helm the West Australian Ballet, Moreland melded art with dance. Here, alleviated from the mechanics of set design, Moreland encouraged his collaborators to dream big. And they did. Blackman spent his mornings drawing the dancers...

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Artist Philippe Le Miere discusses how the omnipresence of popular culture and the 'distruptive' potential of creativity in the 21st century have formed the basis for his new body of works, BLOCK-BUSTER!

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Philippe - you've had a number of exhibitions that use symbols of popular culture as a launching pad for new ideas. In what ways has popular culture had an impact on your life?   Popular culture impacts our lives. Analogous to a democracy, individuals are encouraged to 'vote' for their favourite film. Measured through box office figures, social media activity, and search results, our idea of 'Culture' has changed. It has become something to participate in, measure and identify with. When I see the latest Spider-man film poster go by on the side of a tram, the experience is inescapable....

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BLOCK BUSTER - Philippe Le Miere’s house of mirrors

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You will never see these characters the same way again after you have viewed BLOCK - BUSTER, Philippe Le Miere’s house of mirrors version of popular cultures contemporary heroes   We can find ourselves stuck in a cycle. Wake up, have breakfast, go to work, come home, feed the pet, go to bed. The dreams we once nurtured of changing the world When does creativity spark? Sometimes it hits us by surprise. We catch a face drifting through clouds, wake from a bizarre dream or meet someone unusual. Despite their scarcity, these moments are significant. In Block-buster, Philippe brings two...

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