Rosie Kavanavoch & Stephanie Neoh
KMOSSED HQ (detail)
Rosie Kavanavoch and Stephanie Neoh collaborated in their recent double show at Platform and Vitrine as part of the 2008 L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival. KMOSSED HQ was made up of a collection of large format photographs of infamous locals in platform shoes and varying states of style. Not content with the one exhibition, Russia and Steph took over Vitrine on the opening night filling the space with fashion detritus and covering the glass in statements about the blurry but glamorous line between fashion and art.
The artist statement for the double show says the rest: I stumbled in there while running for my life. Melbourne’s underground will be filled with make-believe advertisements of models in platform shoes. These staged scenes explore parodies of high-end fashion, highlighting how accessories, images and shoes are only temporary in their blah blah there goes your rib. The presence of the shoe further unleashes the never-ending criss cross garbo style hello sailor between fashion, art and, well, heels. WaTCH YOuR STep."
(paper on canvas)
Lia Tabrah installed her latest collection of paper paintings in the Majorca Building cabinets through March. Lia's work takes on various 3-dimensional qualities with their rolled and scrunched paper balls that are reassembled into large-scale paper paintings. Lia says about this latest series: "R.S.I. (repetitive strain injury) is an obvious description of the laborious evidence splayed across my canvases. The colour, texture and pattern integrated into my work are placed together in a tight mosaic order, which compels my scrunched tissue paper balls to mimic the clean lines of Op Art, the texture and imagery of fashion and the colours and technique as a lingering childhood memory."
(felt, wood, paint)
Jen Addison's new work in Sample used historical, drawn sight lines that stretched into her three-dimensional installation surrounded by tiny labeled curiosities. Jen says about her recent spatial play: "A collector at heart, my response to the Sample space at Platform is a collection of curios; found, gathered, re-inserted, re-represented, stripped bare of their original context; they find a new significance within the cabinet. My desire was to take this existing space from the everyday to the fantastical, and create a space of curious nature in a playful manner."
Design by Bird Girl
Collections in the Underground 2
L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2008
(Photographer Jeana Bajic)
Collections in the Underground returned to Platform on March 1st as part of the cultural events in this year’s L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival. Once again curated by Platform’s (newly mowaked) co-director Anita King, the evening presented six new collections from Melbourne independent fashion designers: a name is a label, Bird Girl and Queen. Hundreds of eager fashionistas squeezed into the subway for the Saturday night event that included fan-dancing introductions and choreographed moves from these classy underground rag-traders.
To see more about these labels and stockists:
a name is a label