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Reflecting on the intimate relationship between seemingly incompatible elements of the cosmos, ‘Love letters between the rain and the fire’ at Sullivan+Strumpf in Sydney is the first solo show for Lindy Lee following her major MCA career retrospective. Large- and medium-scale works on paper, timber sculptures and flung-bronze wall pieces such as Unencumbered celebrate the volatile alchemy of opposites, drawing on the Chinese folklore belief that all things are interdependent, cyclical and generative. Until March 13.
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A prolific talent, Ken Done’s art has graced many public and private spaces around Australia. The monograph Ken Done: Art Design Life by curator Amber Creswell Bell looks behind the canvas at his 40-year art and design practice that has encompassed everything from cars to homewares. Inspiration for his exuberant works has come from around him – whether Sydney Harbour or the outback – and his colourful rendering of this imagery resonates with all Australians.
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Imagining a dystopic world in which the dominance of machines over nature has been upended and decaying industrial structures are instead swallowed up by a supercharged ecosystem, artist Michael Gittings conceived ‘Future Ruins’ as a series of design objects in stainless steel and copper that writhe and contort in a thrilling, triffid-like fashion. Suggesting a triumph of the environment over human control, the exhibition is on view at Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert in Sydney until March 9 and the artist will be discussing his work this weekend.
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To celebrate 140 years of enlightened Nordic design, Iittala’s iconic 'Aalto' vase – sculpted with organic curves by the great dendrophile of modernist architecture, Alvar Aalto – has been released in amethyst, 2021’s colour of the year, as well as a handsome dark grey. This is a beautiful gift to give someone you love, or the perfect vessel to display Valentine’s bouquets from your admirers – the sinuous glass makes flowers fall in striking and graceful formations.
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Set within the Byron Bay Arts and Industrial Estate is Tigmi Trading’s brand new working studio and concept store. With inspiration from the laid-back rusticity of North African and Mediterranean beachfront abodes – flawlessly translated for the NSW North Coast – the store mixes Moroccan rugs, seagrass lighting and design classics by Pierre Jeanneret and Gae Aulenti. Earthy rendered walls, handmade glazed tiles and hefty sculptural fittings in chalky finishes by denHolm’s Steve Clark give off a luxe-Flinstones vibe – albeit very sophisticated and in tune with Tigmi’s collection.
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