Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Record: Share My Lettuce

I found this in my pictures folio, I think it might be an image I found on eBay. Don't know anything about this record except it looks fantastic and those bunnies sure look happy. I would totally share my lettuce with them.
And then...thanks to the Internet, I now know something about this record.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Exhibition: Replay Christian Marclay

This is a treat - the latest exhibition at ACMI in Federation Square. I went today and it's all excellent, but my favourite part was the Video Quartet film - a brilliant melding of audio/visual snippets where there is some sort of noise, and it can be anything from tap dancing, slamming doors, playing music, singing, screaming, gunshots etc... Four different images play across 4 screens at once and has been put together so skillfully that it forms this incredible piece of sound art.

It's 14 minutes long (feels like much less) and I had to watch it twice to get a handle on the brilliance of the piece. It's also fun playing spot the film/tv show/concert - I noticed Psycho, Barbarella, A Passage for Trumpet (Twilight Zone episode), West Side Story and others I've forgotten, there's also the Marx Bros, Meryl Streep, Jimi Hendrix, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald and loads of hard to define images.

You can see some of it on You Tube but if you can, do go to the exhibition (Federation Sq, Melbourne).

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Card: Inner Weekly Travelcard

I found this in my files of ephemera. Probably won't mean much to anyone not from Melbourne, but to a resident there's something nostalgic and nicely uncomplicated about this 1988 travelcard.

This is pre-magnetic strip travelcards and the days of conductors on trams.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Shop: Karel Capek

Karel Capek is a Japanese brand that sells tea and related goods. The cute packaging is superb and comprises of beautiful illustrations and desirable products.

We stumbled across their store in Kichijoji (in Tokyo, Japan) when we went to have lunch at one of the few vegetarian cafes in Tokyo. It was fortuitous because the Capek shop was right under the veg cafe on the ground floor (or 1st floor as they call it in Japan).

The shop was smaller than the average Australian lounge room and had 4 staff, one of which gave us free tea to sample. The stock was unbelievable and you want everything. They also produce free catalogues that are like fantastic mini books. I assumed you'd have to pay for them, but they were complimentary.

Also within the store was a pop culture collectables store-ette called Beep! Beep! which I was aware of from the Dream Pets book I got in
Osaka. Again, couldn't have found this one if I was looking for it (didn't have an address) but there it was.

By the way, the Karel Capek brand has nothing to do with Karel ńĆapek, the Czech author, apart from nicking his name.

Check out the brand website here, and marvel!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Postcard: Squirrel

As I love squirels and postcards this is a dream combo really. The colours are pretty great in this one too, it looks a little hand painted.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Card: Christmas

I painted a whole swag of these cheerful snowman Christmas cards one year - mid-nineties I think, to send to family and friends. It was surprisingly easy and good fun.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Toy: Smoking Doggie

It's not often you see a dog smoking a cigar, well probably, let's hope not. I'm not sure where he got it, he looks way to young, although in Japan you can buy cigarettes from vending machines so the age thing is irrelevant it seems (the machines often place the coin slots conveniently at kiddy height too, thoughtful).

But enough of the crazy kids and on to Monsieur Dog, I can't remember where I found him, but was probably at the Chapel St Bazaar or an Op Shop, but more likely the former. His blue cape says something I can't decipher, but it looks a bit like 'Cully'. The cigar is a bit saggy, but it is a cigar, it even has a red 'lit' end. He looks a little startled.