Sandy Skoglund is a US based artist, studied and trained in all things creative; studio art and art history, intaglio printmaking, and multimedia art. With an insatiable thirst for knowledge, the fascinating artist is self-taught in photography, and process-oriented art production through the techniques of mark-making and photocopying.
Seeing Sandy shine is where all these elements come together – occurring in 1986 with the “True Fiction” series of photographic work. A surrealist series, perhaps borrowing elements of the art movements of neo-expressionism and appropriation so easily associated with the bullish decade of the 1980’s.
As the story unfolds, the dye transfer materials were discontinued by Kodak and the edition never finished.
Enter “True Fiction Two”. The revenge of Skoglund on the unfinished series is aided by the digital printing era utilising Epson’s archival ink system technology. Skoglund says of the reborn project:
Each image has been meticulously crafted to assimilate the visual and photographic possibilities now available in digital processes. The result is a similar, yet significantly different feel to the sense of space and three-dimensional photographic quality represented by each image.
Consisting of 20 images, the series plays heavily with tone, colour and scale in a tableaux vivant setting – creating images of not only emotion and detail but an aesthetic depth. The entire series can be seen here.
We like to think of ourselves as pretty new-age. A forward thinking people free form the shackles of the unnecessary political correctness of times past. Take our former (and soon to be reinstated) hold music for example, should you ever have previously been placed on hold whilst on the line to one of our friends here in the showroom you would have heard the emphatic lyrics of New York band Brazilian Girls’ “Pussy”. We may not endorse the contents of the lyrics, but it’s a catchy tune nonetheless.
Brazilian Girls is a band which only has one female band member, she’s not Brazilian and the band has never played in Brazil. This simple sentence could perhaps quite simply sum up Brazilian Girls – they’re a bit wacky but a whole lot of fun. Their style is cross-genre and is often described as “melting pop”. All in all, we love em.
What we’re loving today is lead singer (and only female counterpart) Sabina Sciubba’s lead and preview song from her soon to be released first solo album. The song is titled Toujors (translating from French to English as “Always”) and was released today.
It’s not only the tune that we love. It’s the cheekiness of Sciubba – very quickly becoming synonymous with her work. Constantly performing without clothes but often towards covering her body with props (ensuring a close to PG rating!), her knowing and acknowledging secret smile, her ability to draw us into her web of creativity and her injured chicken friend.
Having released the video to YouTube today, it’s a bit of fun to see her interaction on the page with Sciubba already declining a marriage proposal from one finger-on-the-pulse fan by offering an alternative – marrying the poor man’s wife and the songs credits and acknowledgements:
Song written by Sabina, produced by Sabina and Fred Rubens, mixed by Klas Wikberg.
Video by Sabina
Hair and make-up: who needs hair and make-up?
Check out the rest of Brazilian’s Girls’ to tracks on YouTube here.
We are absolutely loving the installation work of Christopher Janney, American artist or “sound architect” as we understand he goes by! You’ll find itself at the Miami International Airport (like landing in Miami wasn’t fun enough!) and goes by the name ‘Harmonic Convergence’.
Harmonic Convergence is an interactive sound and light installation, which was constructed in a walkway of the Airport and was installed to coincide with Design Miami, the Global Forum for Design held annually in December.
The work combines light, colour and sound as it leads passengers from a rental car terminal. Music speakers are installed along the walkway to produce an evolving “sonic portrait” of Florida. These sounds range from environmental happenings local to the State, tropical birds, thunderstorms etc while video sensors at either end monitor your presence through the space and trigger changes in volume and composition of the sounds relative to your position.
Like that wasn’t enough, we love the colourful diagonal pattern made of coloured and shaded squares which cause a stunning reflection over the white flooring. Why not use the Florida sunlight? And when that’s not available – LED lighting was installed to replicate the effect at night.
Well! Our Furniture Free Friday post last week about Chromatophobia was not easy. Writing a post and discussing all the things we love that are black and white (and not furniture), whilst we sit here in the KE-ZU showroom which has a great array of furniture pieces in black and white silently being ignored. So we thought it was time the black and white pieces on the showroom floor got their 15 minutes.
The pieces below are currently available in the KE-ZU showroom for viewing are (from left to right in four rows):
Green Square, a complex intersection in Alexandria, a neighbourhood packed with design practices, furniture showrooms, Australia’s #1 business park, a heap of creative go-getters, and the home of KE-ZU looks set to become home to a bustling epicentre of culture for the ever growing area just south of central Sydney – said to be Australia’s largest urban development at this time.
A competition was run recently, reaching far and wide internationally for architecture submissions for the design of a public library and plaza. The winning competition announced and the winning entrant were Sydney locals Felicity Stewart and Matthias Hollenstein in association with Colin Stewart Architects.
From over 160 entries, Stewart and Hollenstein’s proposal was chosen, the exciting design incorporates a subterranean library, exposed internal garden, a public “jam” room for budding musicians and technology rooms.
Their proposal, which creates public space focussing on green areas touted itself as “a business centre, also an entertainment venue, a new innovative library creating an urban living room, and an outdoor plaza becomes a meeting place where friends can shop, dine and play”.
Now doesn’t that sound great for our developing community! Glenn Murcott AO, Architect and competition juror says of the space:
A local winner, this is not only a superb solution, it’s going to be a wonderful scheme and a wonderful place to be for the people of Green Square.
Here at the ‘ZU we have a bit of a fascination for Spain. We aren’t alone – the world has an ever expanding love affair with the skilled European State, and with good reason. A land bearing some of the worlds most successful and well-known creatives in history is worthy of a humble mention here on the KE-ZU Blog.
The undeniable talent across every sector which has emerged from Spain is unstoppable and almost unfathomable. Think perhaps the genius brushstrokes of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, fashion giant Balenciaga, every girls’ footwear fantasy Manolo Blahnik, the “L’enfant terrible” fashionista Paco Rabbane, marketing genius and comfort guru Camper, a huge spectrum of architectural brilliance delivered by Antoni Gaudi and Santiago Calatrava, multi-talented designer Javier Mariscal and culinary brain Ferran Adrià – what a list, and that’s just the start!
Spain has captured our hearts, and for more than just these monumental reasons – the work of the wider Spanish community in the cultural arts arena is nothing short of beautiful and while we’re on that, check out the astoundingly picturesque layout of the website Love Spain.
Love Spain is dedicated to creativity in Spanish design, architecture, art, fashion and food and the rolling image bank is a non-stop repertoire of all things creative hailing from the European land we adore.
The Sydney Opera House, now considered the top New Seven Wonder of the World as voted by Teletex Holidays, is a worthy topic to revere. Is it any wonder then that it should be dissected to obtain a higher understanding of this building so worthy of its adoration?
Examining the worthwhile topic in detail, The Opera House Project explores everything there is about the famed building through an online interactive documentary.
Run with the ABC, the Project houses hours of content available to view in your own time including a video relating to information about the construction and engineering, a 3D studio exploring the original design drawings and construction, information of the history of the site and outlines performances and events since its inauguration.
The Opera House Project is a beautiful platform to explore one of the most coveted architectural feats of the Twentieth Century.
KE-ZU’s co-owner and resident style guru Caron was recently featured on KE-ZU supplier LZF Lamps’ blog together with her executed LZF Telegram Interview – you can find the interview here, and below a copy Caron’s entertaining Telegram!
Info on some of LZF Lamps’ new pieces will be coming to the KE-ZU Blog shortly…
There are many ways to go green, not all of them positive – let’s think shall we… there’s green with envy, green around the gills but perhaps you could just go ahead and get sustainable.
This isn’t going to turn into an essay about the need for sustainability and thinking more eco-consciously… it’s going to be a DIY piece about up-cycling pallets in interesting and fun ways.
With their strength, practical shape and ability to take on any colour with a simple lick of a paintbrush – these humble transport utilities can become something useful and a thing of joy – and even have a bit of fun doing it in the process!
Check out some of our favourite creative adaptations below.