April 17, 2014

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is a building I know almost as well as my own home. Amazing then to see it last night, sparkling for the Buglari Art Award dinner in honour of this year’s winner, Daniel Boyd. Boyd’s work is remarkably nuanced, beautiful and haunting – a contemporary indigenous artist, he uses his family’s history to create engaging narratives about the passage of time, the phenomena of memory absence. Most often based on archival photographs, what appear to be pixelated screen prints are in fact a laboriously applied matrix of clear glue dots over charcoal drawings, which are then covered with black paint before being wiped back again – the residual black space between the dots are like the missing pieces of information in memory and history. The prize is worth $80,000 – $50,000 of which goes to the acquistion of a key piece by the artist, the other $30,000 ear-marked for …

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April 14, 2014

Seeing Alain de Botton at the Opera House was totally mind-blowing. On the one hand, walking onstage he looked like a shiny-headed geek, dressed as a philosopher would dress speaking as you would expect a Swiss, Oxford English-educated philosopher would speak. But as soon as he began, you got the sense that this was not going to be any mothballed old theoretician. De Botton’s speciality is helping us get a grip, with clarity and guile, on the everyday. This time he was in town to talk up his latest book – The News; A User’s Manuel. His basic precept it that we receive – and digest – so much news, so often, so how is it that disaster stories are often so uplifting? Why do we love seeing our politicians brought down? Why does some very important stuff get no traction compared to some very unimportant stuff that gets major play? As usual, he puts a …

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April 4, 2014

As business goes from strength-to-strength, the Tobias Partners studio keeps expanding! We’ve added four new team members this year, all from highly commendable backgrounds and practices. We’ll introduce them in two installments : here, meet Kyra and Julia…

Kyra Thomas studied architecture at The University of Sydney before completing a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University in New York City. With a love of all things Scandinavian, she is fascinated by the manipulation of light in space. Kyra’s an avowed minimalist and is inspired by the work of Mies van der Rohe, John Pawson and the Californian modernists.

Julia Cumines studied architecture at the University of Technology (Sydney). She is interested in disaster relief work and when hearing about the East Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster, traveled to Japan to do volunteer work with Shigeru Ban and assisted with the paper tube partition structures for evacuation facilities. Julia loves Japanese architecture …

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