Tag Archives: Yvonne Todd

Merry Christmas from LOL

Modified Christmas cards by Yvonne Todd (for this year's Enjoy fundraiser)

Modified Christmas cards by Yvonne Todd (for this year’s Enjoy fundraiser)

Seasons Greetings from Leg of Lamb, wishing you all a wonderful break.

Looking Forward – Yvonne Todd

Opening at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, on Thursday February 9th at 6pm, all welcome!  (And yes, Ervon will be present).

Inside the studio

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The snaps above are action shots from Yvonne Todd’s photography studio taken by her assistant, Evotia.  They feature some of the characters from Yvonne’s brand new series Seahorsel that will debut alongside her 2009 series The Wall of Man at the CCP in Melbourne this February.

As some of you know, a very smart little catalogue produced by Yvonne and myself will accompany the show, and we still need your help to make it happen!  There are 11 days left to make an online contribution via Pozible, just click on this link.  And to those of you that have already donated – our sincere and grateful thanks.

Leg of Lamb needs your help!

Yvonne Todd, 'Sandy Cube' from the series 'Seahorsel', 2011

In February 2012 Leg of Lamb is presenting Wall of Seahorsel, an exhibition of new and recent work by Yvonne Todd at the Centre for Contemporary Photography.  It’s Yvonne’s first solo show in Melbourne and we’re creating a magnificent 46-page full colour catalogue to mark the occasion.  Designed by Area Design, it will feature an in-depth interview with the artist, along with full page images of each of the works in the show.  There are two series involved, both reproduced in full.  They are: The Wall of Man (2009) and Seahorsel (2011) that has never been seen before.

Of course, this sort of publication doesn’t come cheap. If you are able, please make a donation to the project by visiting our Pozible page here.  Any contributions most gratefully received! In return I can offer you some enticing rewards, including the chance to win an Yvonne Todd photograph of your very own.  This publication really is going to be a beauty, so please help us make it happen…


Yvonne Todd, 'Sales Executive', colour photograph, 80 x 63.6 cm, 2009

Leg of Lamb received some exciting news last week.  Stay tuned….

Hot Photo Friday – Yvonne Todd

Yvonne Todd, 'Caravan, Winter', type c print, 1992

Looking Forward – Yvonne Todd at Ivan Anthony

Leg of Lamb’s Biennale of Sydney Top 5

Jake and Dinos Chapman, 'Two Faced Cunt', card box, pasteboard, newspaper, 2009

1) Jake and Dinos Chapman’s ‘Shitrospective’ at the MCA consists of rudimentary reconstructions of signature works like ‘Two-faced cunt’ cheekily fabricated in grubby cardboard, which somehow makes the shifty subject matter all the more perverse.

AES+F, still from 'The Feast of Trimalchio', nine-channel video installation, 2009

2) AES+F’s ‘Feast of Trimalchio’ on Cockatoo Island is the crowd-pleaser, and rightly so – it’s an epic multi-channel spectacle in three parts loosely based on ‘Satyricon’ by the Roman poet Petronius.   A sexy, thinly veiled critique of consumerism, beautiful people frolic like extras in a souped-up United Colours of Benetton ad until things start to go bad…

Yvonne Todd, 'Goat Sluice', colour photograph, 2006

3) Yvonne Todd on Cockatoo Island.  The Island’s a great venue, but sometimes makes it difficult for the art to hold its own.  Not so with Yvonne Todd’s selection of photographs.  Housed in a delapidated cottage furnished with grubby wallpaper, the site perfectly compliments Todd’s fabricated cast of christians, satanists and clammy pipes.

Jemima Wyman, detail from 'Combat Drag', photo-collage, 2009

4) Jemima Wyman, ‘Combat Drag’ on Cockatoo Island.  Ignore her video and concentrate on Wyman’s three large photo-collages.  Upon closer inspection, the highly coloured skull and mandala shapes reveal minute figures clad in ‘combat drag’ complete with toothy, sometimes double-eyed balaclavas fashioned out of the classic Ozzie flannel shirt.

Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, still from 'The Two Planets Series', video, 2008

5) Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, ‘The Two Planets Series’ at the MCA is a three-channel video work that involves three groups of Thai farmers, each discussing a painting by Van Gogh, Millet or Manet.  Their observations are frank, often amusing and refreshingly unfettered by art world preconceptions.

Honorable mentions:

Roger Ballen‘s problematic photographs of rural South African communities, Paul McCarthy‘s trashy ‘Ship of Fools’ sculpture, Makoto Aida‘s cutesy apocalyptic bunny/phallus painting, Salla Tykka‘s footage of Lipizzaner stallions, Gunnel Wahlstrand‘s exquisite ink-washed renditions of family photographs and Regina Jose Galindo‘s provocative water-boarding re-enactment.

Yvonne Todd in conversation with Robert Leonard

Work by Yvonne Todd is included in Unnerved: The New Zealand Project, a largely collection-based exhibition of New Zealand artists at Queensland Art Gallery that runs until July 4.  You can watch the rest of Yvonne Todd’s interview with IMA Director Robert Leonard on Queensland Art Gallery’s YouTube channel here.

Pretty When Angry – Yvonne Todd

Yvonne Todd, 'Pretty When Angry', 2010

Leg of Lamb was excited to discover a new photograph by Yvonne Todd posted on her website.  ‘Pretty When Angry’ reveals the artist’s fascination with commercial photography techniques, evident in the banal grey background and backlit figure (seen also to great effect in her previous treatment of inanimate objects like eggs, plastic pipes and pine cones).

This new work also recalls her 2005 series, Vagrants’ Reception Centre, that features children in tiny Victorian gowns, trussed up in frills and lace.  They look pretty enough, but are also deeply unnerving.  Todd’s forays into pulchritude are always compelling.  Pretty When Angry‘s alluring nymphette wears a curious expression; is she angry? confused?  Her scantily-clad figure, adorned by fussy, girly accessories, is at once alluring and problematic.

This work appears in Feminism Never Happened, a group exhibition at the IMA, Brisbane, that runs until March 20.