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"Since the early 2000s, Yvonne Todd has emerged as an uncannily subtle exponent of what might be called The Aesthetics of Meanness, an artist who pursues social discomfort—ours included—as tenaciously as Ansel Adams pursued light on the flanks of Yosemite."       Justin Paton.
New Zealand photographer Yvonne Todd uses the generic language of commercial studio photography and quotes mainstream pop-culture, but she produces off-kilter images that express a personal mythology. She is best known for her images of female ‘characters’. These portraits are highly styled; using wigs, costumes, makeup and even false teeth. Todd women seem to suffer from some soap-operatic malaise, explicit or implicit, be they cosmeticians, cripples, modest Christians, anorexics, cult members, showgirls or tragic heiresses. Her work has a complex relation with feminism.

"My favourite author when I was twelve or thirteen, Virgina Andrews, wrote gothic tales of beautiful teenage girls involuntarily corrupted by perverse ancestral legacies. The artwork of the books added to this intrigue... like Hallmark sympathy cards, they possessed a combination of limp serenity and shrill unease." Yvonne Todd.
Todd launched a book of the same name that accompanied her exhibition at the City Gallery in Wellington. 
Published by Victoria University Press, with support from Creative New Zealand, it features contributions from Todd, Auckland University’s Misha Kavka (on Todd and daytime TV), art critic Megan Dunn (on Todd, Karen Carpenter and anorexia), curator Robert Leonard (on Todd and cults), Te Papa curator Claire Regnault (on Todd and costume)  and Anthony Byrt (on Todd’s project reprinting her cousin Gilbert Melrose’s small town community photographs) plus an anthology of earlier writings.

 Yvonne Todd was born in 1973 in Takapuna, Auckland. She studied professional photography at Unitec in the mid-1990s and completed her BFA at Elam School of Fine Arts in 2001. 

Her final-year submission at Elam, Asthma & Eczema, won her the inaugural Walters Prize in 2002, catapulting her to national recognition. Awarding the prize, judge Harald Szeemann said Todd’s was ‘the work that irritated me the most’.  In 2004, writer Anthony Byrt described her as ‘the best artist of her generation’. 

Todd, on the other hand, calls herself a ‘lazy perfectionist’. Her work has been showcased in numerous exhibitions, nationally and internationally, including Mixed-Up Childhood (2005), High Tide (2006), the 2006 Busan Biennale, Unnerved (2010), the 2010 Sydney Biennale and 2014  Edinburgh Festival. It is held in many significant Australasian public museum collections.
Todd is represented by Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland; Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington.


All eyes on...

The austrian - up and coming interior designer - says
"giving objects surrounding me the esprit and charme and the looks they are lacking"

Krenn Studied "Sculpting" at the University of applied arts in Vienna. After he finished his studies he took part in several national but also international exhibitions in Portugal and the Czech Republic.

Specially his piece "MMK Fermoir" which can be used as single couch-chair or as several elements combined to a full sitting area cam to my attention some time ago.

Seeing objects in a non-traditional way and finding new interpretations for their use but specially creating new possibilities for their outer appearance so the observer is reminded that there are other views on elements we are so used to looking the same way since they were invented.

"The longing for change is my study companion" - Krenn says and that is why i am sure we will see much more intelligent and intriguing designs by this stellar young man.


Alex 30th birthday at CASINO WIEN

first of all - this is not a sponsored post! I really went to the casino!
Why? because my supercool and front up bff Alex celebrated her 30th birthday!! YAY!

Whatsapp message:
Alex: Hey, i want to invite you to my 30th birthday 
party next thursday at the Casino in Vienna!

Me: Shit guuurl!!! 30 !?!?!?


Anyhow, dear cutie pie Alex had NO idea that we planed on organizing a ride for her birthday! in a WHITE stretched limousine !!
It wasn't the mosty luxurious model but gosh babes that shit is expensive!
We had booze so we didn't care anyway really - only Alex she nearly pissed her pants out of excitement ;) - mission completed.

So me going to the Casino for the very first time i had NO idea that you need to bring ID and are not allowed to wear sneakers and men have to wear a jacket.
So Mark doesn't own a Suit Jacket and also i thought to myself:

"Oi i just put on my sneakers today since i NEVER wear them anyway. Ah there is my ID" - looking down on my kitchen table in the morning and walked out the door.

So the first stop was my apartment haha (sorry alex).
I put my high heels on and this beautiful frock i found in my closet.

Getting in was no problem at all so off we were.
(Did you know that you get 2 bottles of champagne when you go to the casino! #preeboozingonmynextbirthday)

So with no further delay here are some pics from the evening.
(I found out you are not allowed to take pics, probably not allowed to put them online either but uhm.. yeah.. try to sue a poor artist with no money #kisses)

(photo: Cathrine Prack)

(photo: Cathrine Prack)

(photo: Cathrine Prack)
(f.l.t.r. Ingo, Nina, Cathi, Alex, Rita, Alex brother(i forgot his name) and me)

(Check out the guy on the right, he was SO close to tell me of after taking that pic haha)

One thing everyone thinks (me included) is that drinks and food is super expensive in the casing - not true! my Margherita was only 7,50€ and it was YUMMY!



The photographer is unknown to me which is a huge shame because these images are just amazing.
Makes you want to go there and snoop around.


Aki Inomata

Japanese artist Aki Inomata has partnered with, of all things, hermit crabs, to create a brilliant architectural art project. Using a 3D printer, Inomata created clear plastic shells with cities on them that were then promptly inhabited by their new hermit crab residents.
Hermit crabs usually inhabit vacated snail shells, but in their absence, they’ve been known to inhabit pieces of wood, stone or plastic, so their “partnership” with Inomata isn’t all that strange. Instead of their usual shells, Inomata provided them with tiny works of art to carry on their backs. The series is aptly titled “Why Not Hand Over a ‘Shelter’ to Hermit Crabs?”
Check out the videos below, where you get to see how the shells were made and how the hermit crabs moved in to their new homes.

In this piece I gave hermit crabs shelters that I had made for them, and if they liked my shelters, they made their shells in them. My idea for this piece first came about when I participated in the "No Man's land" exhibition that was held in the French Embassy in Japan in 2009. This work is inspired by the fact that the land of the former French Embassy in Japan had been French until October 2009, and became Japanese for the following fifty years, before being returned to France. The same piece of land is peacefully transferred from one country to the other. These kinds of things take place without our being aware of it. On the other hand, similar events are not unrelated to us as individuals. For example, acquiring nationality, moving, and migration. The hermit crabs wearing the shelters I built for them, which imitate the architecture of various countries, appeared to be crossing various national borders. Though the body of the hermit crab is the same, according to the shell it is wearing, its appearance changes completely. It’s as if they were asking, “Who are you?”



Performance :

Through a series of personal situations in his own life and the life of people surrounding Silva. He felt 
compelled to analyse the actions and emotions related to meeting someone and having casual sex with 
that person. 

"This lead to a nearly therapeutic process of knowing myself better and what I was aiming 
with these random encounters."

There is no right answer for this as it is something unique and personal. 
This process revealed itself through a series of drawings and illustrations that eventually became the 
first drafts and prints for his SS15 collection LIAISONS SANS LENDEMAIN, L’INTIMITÉ ET LE 

To preview it, Silva thought of not only showing some pieces of the collection, or explaining the reasons behind them, but suggesting that people went through a similar process themselves, hence 
understanding his work better and being able to relate to it or not.

By exposing possible attitudes after a one night stand, Silva expects the audience to question their own way of dealing with casual sex, which might even reflect on other parts of their lives. 
This performance aims to suggest the viewers to question their own stand towards sex, love and future 
family life. 

The size of the space will place viewers almost inside the action. 
The initial nudity/almost 
nudity of the models combined with the stillness and tension of most of the performance intends to 
cause a certain discomfort and anxiety in the audience, leading to an unconscious self-reflection. 
The collection and performance are connected not only by the concept, but by texture and colour as 


Fábio M Silva


This is the Happy House

Sunday is in gerenal not my day.
I feel depressed and i am all in all not satisfied with the -doesn't matter what situation i am in.
Yesterday way different. 

I was happy to get out of my "i has no friends" mood to - hey! life can be awesome if i let it.

My dear friend Lilly and Isabella invited me to join them for a flea market stroll - it was actually a very old apartment in the 6th district. The Woman who used to live there passed away years ago and her lovely notanymore-children decided to sell basically everything left in the apartment.

Here are some impressions of what the place looked like.
Lilly and Isabella also had their hands full of stuff - Isi even scored a original 70s kitchen! its SO adorable!!

After this super retro trip back to the 70s and 80s and a good Handwash (we had no idea the place would look like this and be that dirty) we walked down through "Margareten" the 5th district to BRUT.

Brut is one of my favourte places in Vienna, i go there a lot.
Superfun people there who you can always be silly with ;)
So they had their SUMMERFEST there and that always means dressing up and eating way toooo much ;)






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