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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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Gift Giving Solved! Buying Art this Holiday Season

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Art can be the ultimate gift. And now that December has steamrolled round the corner, it can also solve your holiday gift giving woes. Whether for a friend, relative or lover - art can say whatever you like. Nailing the ins and outs of this however, can be elusive. With this in mind, here’s a brief guide to hunting down the ideal gift of art this holiday season.First off, who are you buying for?There are two things to consider when mulling this question over - how do I know this person and what do I want the gift to reflect...

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Paris Dreaming - Charles Blackman’s Parisian Drawings

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 This week saw a new art auction record set for a work of art by Charles Blackman. The painting, 'Mad Hatter’s Tea Party' sold just shy of $2 million. In light of his ever-expanding collectibility, it seems that Australia’s love for the artist can only grow - and you can see why. This collection comes from the artist’s Paris sojourn and rings of the Blackman magic. In 1971, Charles Blackman was awarded a studio in the Cite des Artes, Paris. In the City of Light, Charles submerged into his Parisian practice - revelling in what would represent his golden period...

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Making an Impression | Your quick guide to understanding print types

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Dear Collectors,Prints represent some of the richest opportunities for collectors today. The medium is accessible, always evolving and as diverse as can be - but it’s also nuanced. With all the terminology and technologies, the world of printmaking can be bewildering. To help you busy collectors, we’ve devised a super quick breakdown of the five kinds of printmaking. Read on to nail the basics. Relief PrintingThink: woodblock and linocut prints.Relief printing is like using a stamp. Where the artist gouges away the matrix (the surface which bears the artist’s design), is where the paper is left blank - meaning the...

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