Lost and Found Volume 7 Issue 1
 
Hello, happy July and welcome to the first issue of Lost and Found, volume 7. Please stand back as we smash this champagne bottle onto your inbox. After we've cleaned up, we'll be bringing you regular guest-edited editions between now and   October, with a brand new layout by Melbourne designer Paul Marcus Fuog and his studio Coöp.
This issue is dedicated to art – new exhibitions, art bookshops, films about art, and a cocktail bar that is also a gallery.
     
     
     
     
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Image courtesy of Eugenia Lim
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This issue our guest editor is Eugenia Lim – video and interdisciplinary artist, writer, editor and one-time human tamagotchi. She recently lived in a bedroom installation at West Space gallery for a week to explore the phenomenon of hikikomori or 'shut in' syndrome. She has a piece in the upcoming Experimenta International Biennale of Media Art and Place of Assembly, a group show to farewell the halcyon days of her home base, the Schoolhouse Studios. Eugenia is also the editor of the newly launched Assemble Papers, an online publication about living together better. Eugenia told us all about her dog, Chips, and other things she likes about Melbourne.



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MELBOURNE ART FAIR
 
 
 
'An Art Guide' stocked by Third Drawer Down. Photo by Kate Mosh.
'An Art Guide' stocked by Third Drawer Down. Photo by Kate Mosh.

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If you listen closely you can already hear the nails being hammered as more than 80 local and international galleries gear up for the biennial Melbourne Art Fair. You can also just make out the sound of sweat dripping off the forehead of this year's public commission artist, Ian Burns. If you don't manage to stuff his installation Clouds into your tote, browse for portable art objects at the Third Drawer Down pop-up shop instead. Better yet, meet some emerging artists in the Project Rooms, a studio playground for independents including Gertrude Contemporary, Next Wave and BUS Projects.


  1–5 August
Royal Exhibition Building
Carlton Gardens.
 
EUGENIA LIM   GUEST EDITOR
 
I have a penchant for video-based art, and people who really know how to screen them pixels are Kyle and Simone at Screen Space. They also run a commercial gallery upstairs, Beam. In the DIY vein, Radio Valerie is an internet station that broadcasts out of a tiny carpeted room above the Gasometer – they play everything from Turkish funk to noise and sometimes host motley and great parties too. I like combining food and art, so Heide is my kind of place – here I can eat a Shannon Bennett brioche burger while communing with Sunday Reed.
 

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Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry (film). Film still courtesy of Melbourne International Film Festival.
Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry (film). Film still courtesy of Melbourne International Film Festival.

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Tripling the sales of takeaway coffee and hipflasks, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) strides into town each winter bearing gifts from across the globe (usually Cannes). This year the festival turns the lens on art itself with a fantastical French animation about the life of an unfinished painting in Le Tableau, and two documentaries on very different artists: a Chinese dissident in the gripping rally cry Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, and a much-revered provocateur preparing for her career-defining MOMA retrospective in Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present.


  2–19 August, citywide.  
EUGENIA LIM   GUEST EDITOR
 
My all-time favourite venue is The Forum – its indoor night-sky and kitsch Romanesque vibe make me happy to be alive. Two festivals I religiously attend are MIFF and the Melbourne Festival. During either you will find me a) spilling choc-tops on my lap or b) supping wine from plastic cups, cramming in as many films or gigs as time and my eftpos card will allow. I love the kooky, fascinating films programmed by Ghita Lobenstein of Speakeasy Cinema – a gypsy cinema without a home. I've also been meaning to get to No Lights No Lycra a weekly dance-jam, social sweat-fest started by my friend Alice Glenn.
 

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MOTTO MELBOURNE
 
 
 
Photo by Stuart Geddes
Photo by Stuart Geddes

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Londoner Joe Shakespeare has recently switched hemispheres, bringing a smuggler's crate of publications and setting up a Melbourne base for renowned art book distributor Motto. Kitted out with rugs and plants, Motto Melbourne is now up and running at the Compound Interest Centre for the Applied Arts. Bring Joe a coffee and you will be rewarded with a thorough chat, not to mention a one-man library tour of publishers including Sweden's Libraryman, New York's N+1, Leipzig's Spector Books – and Australia's own Serps Zine, which has taken a round trip.


  15–25 Keele Street,Collingwood.
Tel: 0468 369 030.
 
EUGENIA LIM   GUEST EDITOR
 
I am addicted to lip balm. I become a dithering, chap-lipped mess without it – thank goodness for Kleins Perfumery, my pusher of choice. I ride a bicycle, so I mostly shop local on Sydney Road, Gertrude Street and Brunswick Street. For gifts, I can't go past Third Drawer Down, who stock Kiosk products – and if I'm ever feeling blue I go there to giggle at the endless supply of hilariously droll David Shrigley cards. I take my greyhound Chips (she waits impatiently outside) to occasional openings at Mr Kitly, a cosy gallery and shop on Sydney Road that consistently shows handsome exhibitions and design wares.
 

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Photo by Kate Mosh
Photo by Kate Mosh

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Melbourne's not exactly lacking in galleries or cocktail bars, but places that combine the two and do it well are rare beasts. Sasha Petraske – owner of New York's Milk and Honey – offers a protean corrective with The Everleigh. It's either a prohibition-era bar that hosts occasional contemporary art openings, or a gallery with one of the best cocktail lists this side of the Pacific. Immersion – an interactive subaquatic projection commissioned for Experimenta Playground – is on show from 20 July .The Everleigh's trademark ice (cut to order) is on show from now until eternity.

  Level 1, 150–156
Gertrude Street, Fitzroy.
Tel: 03 9416 2229.
 
EUGENIA LIM   GUEST EDITOR
 
I live in the Brunx, so I'm very Brunswick-biased! My local is the Union Hotel. I can't go past their pie and mash! The atmosphere is always friendly and cosy. Albert St Food & Wine is a stumble away from my house and it is here that my obsession with any food containing pomegranates was born. I go to Bar Idda to be transported to a Sicilian Nonna's house without leaving Lygon Street. Other favourites are breakfast with a smile from Jake and Andrew at Newtown SC, Babka for a berry danish and the always bustling A1 Bakery for Lebanese spinach pies and baklava.
 

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EIGHT OF THE BEST
MELBOURNE ART BOOKSHOPS



World Food Books   Perimeter
World Food Books   Perimeter
     
NGV Shop   Parts & Crafts
NGV Shop   Parts & Crafts
     
ACCA Bookshop   West Space Bookshop
ACCA Bookshop   West Space Bookshop
     
CCP Shop   Mr Kitly
CCP Shop   Mr Kitly
     
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EUGENIA LIM   GUEST EDITOR
 
On Saturdays, I like to shop for veggies and dog watch at the farmers' market at the Collingwood Children's Farm. On Sundays I might sift through vintage clothing and bric-a-brac at the Camberwell Market, fuelled by a naughty bag of hot jam donuts. For weekend trips, I have fallen for The Otways something chronic. One day I hope to have a Julie Andrews 'The Hills are Alive' moment on my own plot of land in Wye River. I love swimming in the ocean, counting koalas and eating croque monsieurs at the excellent Wye River General Store.
 

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Image courtesy of Kim Jaeger
Image courtesy of Kim Jaeger

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Craft Cubed is Craft Victoria's month-long celebration of experimental and skills-based craft and design. Come August it will be taking over the city, showcasing thousands of our most talented local makers in more than 50 venues, studios and galleries. Right now Valerie Restarick and Kim Jaeger are hand-building and throwing their way to a collection of vessels for their exhibition Quiet Connections, on display at North Carlton Ceramics from 3 August. We have one of Kim's friendly Pot Heads to give away! To enter, tell us what you would put in him. Email us (use the link, don't reply) by 5pm, Monday 23 July.

  Craft Cubed
3 August – 1 September
citywide
 


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