Sunday, February 28, 2010

Emily O'Brien

Emily O'Brien is a trained goldsmith and interior designer. She most recently toured for Electrofringe with her performance art group, Optical Eyes, that explores psychedelic visual stimulation and overload through layers of film, mechanical props, costume and sound.

In 2009 the National Gallery of Australia acquired Emily’s
Hair Chairs for the Wolfensohn Gift collection. Earlier that year Emily collaborated with eX de Medici for the Canberra-based show Retroactive. In 2005 Emily received an artsACT travel grant to Germany to exhibit her Chip on the Shoulder brooches in the international craft exhibition, Talente in Munich.

Cryptozoology, 2010, polymer clay, acrylic, paint, nylon

Cryptozoology explores psychedelic realms through compositions of sculpted polychromatic mythical creatures. Are they toys, representations of the real, hoaxes, or just figments of our imagination?

To check out Emily's band Optical Eyes' short spiral video, click here.

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is a group exhibition curated by Nella Themelios & Kim Brockett. The exhibition is part of the 2010 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival cultural program.

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comprises of two vending machines strategically placed in public spaces around the Melbourne CBD. Containing limited edition 'fashion objects' produced by over 60 Melbourne-based artists, the vending machines are activated when a member of the public inserts a $2 coin. The exhibition explores alternative interfaces of exchange for fashion, the mechanised system as a form of 'fashion dialogue'. More broadly, it thinks through discourses around public space and the role that fashion might play in it.

1 - 31 March 2010

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