Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back To Earth

On the weekend I went to GoMA to see the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition, ‘Falling Back to Earth’. It is Cai’s first Australian solo exhibition and consists of four installations: Heritage, Head On, Eucalyptus, and Tea Pavilion. The two stand out works for me were Heritage and Head OnHeritage is like a united nations of animals and consists of 99 animal replicas gathered around a single waterhole. I made sure to get there early to avoid crowds so the overall viewing experience was one that was quite serene. Head On is markedly different and features 99 replica wolves hurling themselves into the air and into a glass wall – a statement on the implications of blindly following ideology. I’m consistently amazed by the exhibitions that GoMA puts together – um Warhol, Matisse, and Yayoi Kusama (before she took over the world via Louis Vuitton) to name a few – and ‘Falling back to Earth’ is another one to add to their lengthening list of hits. The exhibition runs until May 2014 so there’s plenty of time to plan a visit or three. 


Images taken on an iPhone 4 and edited using the VSCO Cam app (F2 filter).

diana vreeland: the eye has to travel

Why don’t you… dress up in your finest gear and watch the Diana Vreeland biopic The Eye Has to Travel?

I did this last night (alas, minus my most stylish getup) and cannot recommend this film enough. Even if you’re not the slightest bit interested in #fashun, the film provides a great insight into a truly remarkable character. While I don’t think I’m the most qualified to provide a critique of the film, what I do know is that I came away feeling awestruck, amazed, and absolutely inspired not only by the life that Diana Vreeland led but also what she achieved and created in her lifetime. From her visionary editorial spreads to the inclusion of arts and music features in fashion magazines, you could say her legacy is pretty much the fashion publishing industry as we know it today. If you have the chance, do not hesitate to go see this film!
I’ll leave you with some (probably loosely paraphrased) quotes from the film that stuck with me:
“There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself”
“It’s not the dress that matters, it’s the life you live while wearing it”
“The best thing about London? Paaaaaris!” (especially fun to say while putting on your best Diana Vreeland voice)
“Don’t be boring”