Art/Design

Babycakes Romero: Death of Conversation

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Recently on a night out to dinner with my girlfriends, a nearby elderly couple were having dinner and enjoying each other’s company – not constantly looking at their phones. It was such a refreshing sight to see in amongst all the other tables where at least one person had their phone out.
Isn’t it sad that smartphones have taken over our (social) lives?
London-based photographer Babycakes Romero definitely thinks so.

Tsung Chih-Hsien: Mini Power

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Whilst this post is not really on the usual Art/Design I tend to touch on within this category, the design aspect and concept of this incredible idea is what I really want to share with you.

Already winning an award for the concept, if this idea works out, ‘Mini Power’ could all provide us with a mini life-saving tool for our iPhones.

Reely and Truly: A Short Film on Photography

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Shot on Super-8, 35mm, 65mm and just about every other celluloid format possible, Reely and Truly gives you an intimate glimpse into the lives and practices of some of our greatest contemporary photographers including Juergen Teller, Mark Lebon, Dick Jewell, Jack Webb, Sean Vegezzi, Jason Evans, Nigel Shafran, Fumiko Imano, Charchakaj Waikawee, Lina Scheynius, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Takashi Homma.
Highly Recommended.

Event Review: Bloggers Dinner hosted by Mr Scruff’s

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Mr Scruff’s could be described as many things: a bar, a beer garden, an option for a meal, an art gallery or just a nice spot to hang with your mates.

So how do Mr Scruff’s see themselves? As an immobolised food truck.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years, food trucks are all the rage – all over the world – but it’s only really started to effect in Australia within the last year or so.

Mr Scruff’s has decided to turn the food truck on its head, by staying put in one location but offering the same great experience of casual dining where locals can often be found enjoying a drink in one hand and having a bite to eat with the other.

Event Review: Magpie, Magpie by Matt Huynh

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A few weeks ago, Brookyln-based artist Matt Huynh flew into Sydney and held a one-night-only special event, exhibiting a preview of his newest comic book, ‘Magpie, Magpie’.

The 5 to 9 Life was lucky enough to be invited along to the event, and our Sydney writer Claire Benito has shared her thoughts of the night via words and visuals.

Matt Huynh: Magpie, Magpie

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The very talented Matt Huynh is heading back to his home city of Sydney for One Night Only!

What for?

He’s showcasing an advanced preview of his latest comic book and exhibiting some of his original artwork.

Read on for all the details.

An Interview with Chris Yee

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From one artist to the next.

Our latest interview from the After Dark Adventures series is with talented artist and illustrator, Chris Yee.

Mixing in America’s pop culture and their numerous stereotypes with mythological characters and various ‘menaces’, Chris Yee’s art and mind lives in a parallel universe compared to the rest of us.

Get to know him better via our exclusive interview with the artist.

An Interview with Matty Huynh

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‘It is impossible… to explore and discover anything worth a damn without giving yourself permission to scramble and stumble and be ugly.’

Matt Huynh, graphic novelist and artist talks to The 5 to 9 Life about his creative process and the impetus behind ‘MA’, his recent comic book – part family history and part response to the ‘distorted rhetoric’ of the ‘Stop the boats’ political campaign.

Herschel Supply Co. x Booooooom: Drawing on the Past

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Herschel Supply Co. and Booooooom founder Jeff Hamada have joined forcs to present ‘Drawing on the Past’ – an art project inviting fans to hand draw a person, place or thing that has had a positive impact on their lives.

Can you think of a moment that represents that for you?
Would you enter your drawing?

Event Review: Vivid Sydney 2014

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Now in it’s sixth year, VIVID – Sydney’s annual light festival – needed to step it up for 2014.

Although there’s nothing wrong with taking the time to paint our already gorgeous city in colour, we wanted to see more than a flood of fluorescent selfies on Instagram.

Read on to see some of the ways VIVID offered us more than just a visual feast this year.

*Photography by Paula Mijares.