The exhibition in NGV titled KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness foregrounds the emotional content of the artist’s work. Through his works KAWS celebrates generosity, support for others and the deep need we have for companionship. KAWS represents someone who is very much of our time in terms of working across contexts and in hybrid and collaborative ways, and his work presents an antidote or rejoinder to the increasingly toxic nature of public discourse and social media, and division within and across societies. He reminds us we need one another and that life should be lived as compassionately as possible to combat this ‘Age of Loneliness’, in the face of fear and hatred.
Brian Donnelly (born 1974), aka KAWS, is one of the most prominent and prolific artists of his generation. His body of work straddles the worlds of art, fashion and design to include paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street and public art, and fashion, graphic and product design. His work is infused with humour, humanity and affection for our times. Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and colour-filled paintings, KAWS’s cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters are drawn from pop-culture animations and form a distinctive artistic vocabulary.
With more than 300 mammal species in Africa, the spotted big and small cats are among the popular ones for tourists to catch a glimpse of. Unlike the lions, the leopards, jaguars, panthers and servals live in very small groups or alone most of the time. This makes them harder to locate.
Today, very few leopards still roam freely in the wild as they are mainly found in national parks or game reserves. One of the best places to find this big cat is in Botswana. However, one must remember that these animals are nocturnal and live in solitary making them the most elusive of Africa’s big cats. On the other hand, cheetahs may be the fastest animal on earth but these sleek, majestic animals are now designated as Vulnerable to Extinction due to habitat loss and human conflict even though Serengeti is famous for a high cheetah population.
Jaguars may be the third largest cats in the world after the lions and tigers, yet they are not easily spotted, especially in the Pantanal, Brazil, the biggest tropical wetland on earth bigger than England. Unlike its big sized cousins, the small inquisitive servals are very territorial with a range of 12 to 20 square kilometres. Often Safari guides in Tanzania are of the opinion that it is all about luck to come face to face with this glamorous and exotic species.
Founder of Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS) & Andy Dinan Art Consulting (ADA)
Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS) & Andy Dinan Art Consulting (ADA) 创始人
After forging her prestigious reputation as one of Australia’s most dynamic PR consultants in the 1990s, respected art entrepreneur turned culture consultant Andy Dinan seized an opportunity to integrate art into property developments by establishing Andy Dinan Art Consulting (ADA) in 2010 which operates under Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS) – established in 2004. MAR’s 15 years of involvement in the art community allows ADA to conduct quality art projects across all artistic disciplines through its kaleidoscope of local and international artists.
Andy’s passion for helping others allows her to use MARS to help artists commercialise their work to the public domain. On top of being chosen as one of 100 Women of Influence in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards, Andy has been a foundation board member of the Victorian Arts Centre in Melbourne since 2017 and Chairs the annual Ovation fundraising dinner to be held on stage at Sydney Myer Music Bowl .
Located in their purpose-built, state-of-the-art gallery in Windsor, Melbourne; ADA is dedicated to delivering strategies to incorporate public art into residential, commercial and retail developments whilst also creating a sense of “home” for the community.
Since its inception, ADA has successfully implemented an extensive number of public art commissions, art projects and pop up events worth over a million dollars across Melbourne for renowned property developer clients including Gamuda Land, Golden Age & the Deague Group, Michael Yates & Co and Piccolo Developments etc.
Recently, ADA was engaged by the Banco Group and commissioned artist Al Stark to paint a mural on the hoarding which would be erected around the construction site of East Brunswick Village (EBV).
When asked about what inspired his mural, Stark wanted to evoke contemporary cave painting that is alluring to people regardless of its form , colour and rhythm.
“The mural has landmarked the site and put it in people’s consciousness; eventually, it’s going to be a permanent part of the public art collection at EBV,” said Stark.
The EBV Hoarding mural represents Stage 1 of a 6 stage Public Art Strategy for East Brunswick Village, to be implemented by ADA Consulting over the next two years.
Sustainability, comfort, creativity and most importantly, community, are the central values in Banco Group’s vision for EBV. The completed village will feature a curated retail hub, restaurant alley, wellness hub and much more, that will be available for both EBV’s residents and the community.
For further information please visit:
andydinanartconsulting.com.au / marsgallery.com.au or contact us at email@example.com
作为1990年代澳大利亚著名且最有活力的公关顾问之一，同时也是备受尊敬的艺术企业家转型为文化顾问，Andy Dinan通过其设立的艺术咨询机构-Andy Dinan Art Consulting (ADA)抓住了艺术融入房产开发的契机。这也是她在2004年所创立的墨尔本艺术空间-Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS)属下运营机构。透过MARS在艺术领域长达15年的参与度，ADA将以本地和国际艺术家组成强力的艺术万花筒，在相关领域开展高质量的艺术项目计划。