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"Fly New Coffee Tables" X Parra X Toykyo Studio

 

Parra (b.1976) is best known for his curved post-Pop imagery, highly saturated colors, vibrant hand-drawn letters and worlds inhabited by hybrid, surreal characters. Celebrated by galleries and championed by an underground following from the outset, Parra has quickly become a respected and eclectic artist worldwide. Working across drawing, painting, animation and sculpture, Parra creates an enigmatic and instantly recognizable style that defies easy categorization. Parra is cofounder of cult apparel label Rockwell Clothing and a member of electronic music group Le Le. Parra lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Fly new coffee table' by Parra 90 x 70 x 40 cm — edition of 8 wood, fiberglass & enamel paint.

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Sarah Jessica Parker says hello

We had one of those rare and amazing days at Third Drawer Down yesterday with a visit by Sarah Jessica Parker. What an amazing woman. We had a lot of fun hanging with Sarah Jessica and her lovely colleagues. It made our day, week, month, year….and lifetime!

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Francis Upritchard

 

Francis Upritchard is a New Zealand born artist, living and working in London. She creates sculptural installations, often surrounding humans as a central theme. These figures inhabit a world replete with found objects warped to their own uses. They showcase the diverse human condition, often cheerful, miserable or introverted. The humour in her work often mixes ancient with the future, and creates evolution gone askew.

‘In this exhibition, Upritchard has set a stage for archetypes. The iconic martyr, 'The Misanthrope’, the vilified and cruel beast, ‘Mervyn’ the fool, ‘John’ the knowing jester. Gestures are exaggerated, suggesting a common language. There is sensitivity to our place in history, and an acknowledgement that today there is no common faith, or a unified community: the fool has no court to amuse, or anyone to listen to his truth. Ultimately, the figures are lonely and comical, Handmade bowls are ghostly, faded memories; a translucent wash replicates the colours and pattern of a coarsely woven bowl. But, there is humour in this work too. Two furry camel heads sit on the top of urns with snooty expressions. A necklace of cigarette butts hangs prosaically from a wall. Colour acts as a counterpart to the seriousness. Echoes reverberate between the present and past in an attempt to identify a semblance of shared experience, and make sense of modern life.‘ Release by kate MacGarry Gallery

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Free Condom Project

Developed by art distributor Third Drawer Down the Free Condom Project features designs by leading artists, David Shrigley, James Gallagher, Anne De Vries and Kill Pixie. The Free Condom Project aims to positively change perceptions about condom use, helping to reduce the increasing rate of STIs by making condoms readily accessible to sexually active people in a fun and engaging way that encourages people to take ownership of their health and wellbeing.

Through The Free Condom Project, Third Drawer Down hopes to make condoms readily accessible to anyone who is sexually active in an engaging and non-threatening way. Via collaborations with artists such as celebrated Glasgow artist David Shrigley, Third Drawer Down aims to provide uniquely packaged non-threatening products. Best known for his mordantly humorous cartoons, Shrigley’s work is unique through his ability to find humour in the inconsequential, the unavailing and the bizarre. Other collaborating artists include Anne De Vries and Kill Pixie.

With 20 per cent of men and almost 17 per cent of women diagnosed with STIs and blood-born viruses, The Free Condom Project hopes to educate and protect sexually active adults in a fun and engaging way. A first of its kind, this dynamic enterprise sees the health sector and a commercial enterprise joining forces with an aim to raising condom awareness throughout the general public.

Since 1993 internationally acclaimed fashion retailer agnès b. has given away free condoms in its stores worldwide. The practice is now generally accepted and shows that a simple act at a local level can create great change. The Free Condom project also hopes to encourage the acceptance of all sexualities and improved sexual health for all Victorians.

Why the link between art and safe sex? Both are positive forms of communication, enjoyable and should be embraced by all adults regardless of sexual orientation or age. Third Drawer Down has collaborated with an array of celebrated international and local Artists to promote a safe sex message around Victoria and change perceptions about condom use.

The Australian Study of Health and Relationships found only 20% of people used condoms the last time they had vaginal intercourse. This use was generally associated with partner type and other contraception, suggesting condoms were mainly used to prevent pregnancy.

Contraception should not be the only consideration, as the study also found an alarming 20.2% of men and 16.9% of women had been diagnosed with sexually transmissible infections and blood-born viruses. Worryingly, the research shows Australians generally have poor knowledge about transmission and the health consequences of STIs. Encouraging condom use and safe sex in all sexual encounters can help address this.

The Free Condom Project wants to encourage people to enjoy safe sex and take ownership of their health and wellbeing. Third Drawer Down’s Free Condom Project will offer free condoms from selected retailers around Victoria from the 1st of November 2010.

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FREE Condom Project launches on November 4th

Come to the KIOSK opening for the Launch of Third Drawer Down X Victorian Aids Council's Free Condom Project.

Boxes of beautiful free condoms will be shipping out to stores across Victoria to help promote The Art of Being Smart.
Featuring works by David Shrigley, James Gallagher, Anne De Vries and Kill Pixie, each little box contains both condom and lubricant, and are oh-so collectable and fun. The Free Condom Project aims to positively change perceptions about condom use, helping to reduce the increasing rate of STIs by making condoms readily accessible to sexually active people in a fun and engaging way that encourages people to take ownership of their health and wellbeing.
Come to the Free Condom Projects opening launch and pick up some Free Condoms:

Retail Partners:
FAT
Third Drawer Down
Magnation
Metropolis
Polyester Records
Alice Euphemia
Little Salon
Galleon Cafe St Kilda
Kinki Gerlinki
That Store
Southern Cross Pharmacy
Chiodo
Bally Ho
Orlando and Ivy

Please email us if you have a retail store and would like to find out how to become a partner or you would like your own branded condom.

DATE: Thursday 4th November
TIME: 6-8pm
WHERE: Third Drawer Down / KIOSK
93 George St, Fitzroy 3065

 

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Free Condom Project sneak peak.....

Just in time for Spring Third Drawer Down and The Victorian Aids Council present The [Free Condom Project].

These little love boxes are the most collectable and useful things out there, with works by David Shrigley, Kill Pixie, James Galligar and Anne De Vries, they are the ultimate in date shiek.

The best part? they are absolutely, knee-spankingly FREE. Our Victorian-wide launch is a few weeks away, but are now available exclusively at our store in Melbourne. Ask us for a box when you order, and we will pop one in for free. Fall in love this spring, and let Third Drawer Down help.

 

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Condom Merchandisers due to arrive in stores in November 1st

As we cannot keep secrets here at Third Drawer Down we couldn't wait until November 1st to show you the amazing candy striped merchandiser that holds all the beautiful condom packs as part of the Free Condom Project.


These will be sent out to all participating Victorian retailers with there free condoms by artists David Shrigley, Anne De Vries, Kill Pixie and James Gallagher.

If you want your own box of free condoms in your store please email: condom@thirddrawerdown.com

If you want a free condom now we have a special stash here at Third Drawer Down.


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