Friday, May 21, 2010
Great show, great crowd, sadly Mark Drew was already back in Japan!
THERE'S ALWAYS A LAST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Joseph Allen Shea
We Buy Your Kids
Opens Friday May 21, 6-9pm
Continues following Saturday and Sunday, 1-5pm
China Heights Gallery
L3, 16-28 Foster Street
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
As a younger man growing up in Brisbane winter was my favourite time of year. In the Sub Tropics it's the only time of year you get to layer up with jackets, coats, shirts and neckties. I loved it then & I still do. And of course no one can break a heart quite like a Brisbane girl... And so perhaps it was in some way appropriate having recently had my heart broken by a beautiful and stylish Brisbane-girl-in-Sydney that I should set off to the Doc+ors to mix and mend my broken winter’s heart.
It was nice to see so many splashes of colour mixed in with winter coats and jackets. Even I made a special effort last night donning a vintage 80s leather Blouson, the full New Romantic catastrophe over a bright yellow checked shirt with vintage cotton knit necktie. The splashes of colour, Reds, Blues, Greens, reminded me that Rhiannon was quite right, winter doesn't need to be dark at all but can instead be about 'All The Colours Of The Rainbow' as styled in our editorial shoot for Le Magazine.
Of course another reason for the colour splashes may have been that we were at the opening of 'Evolve Already' with Antochrist – the “Madonna of the art world”...
6pm May 19
102 Burton Street
And a little plug for me; SNAP my solo Artist Portrait show is on until the the 30th of this month.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Last night I had my first chance to attend a Bill Henson opening. Yes I am a fan, yes I have been following him since the early 80s & love his work. I am certainly not alone there; this was the biggest crowd I have ever seen at Roslyn Oxley9 and possibly the biggest opening crowd I have seen outside a major art event.
The show was opened by Edmund Capon and I was fortunate enough to witness a rather beautiful moment on E.C.s arrival. Quite a wonderful greeting, Bill, Edmund, Roslyn; at the top of the stairs, a show of intimate solidarity. Then everyone that could made there way toward the already very full main gallery. Edmund gave an inspired speech reported in part in the Sydney Morning Herald Here & Here. I am not sure about Miranda Devine's comment in the SMH about no cameras in the gallery. I waved my G10 around over my 6'4" head and no-one said boo to me!
E.C. set the record straight right off the bat with, in a nutshell something like,
They are big, they all have the same title (untitled) and they are 30K each. They are beautiful, they speak to us and they are not porn (they never have been).
The show is beautiful. Some critics seem to be making with the idea that the show is turned down. I think Bill has always been about beauty and the volume has been turned up! Yes, I got a bit of a feeling of, well just can't say it... OK a big FU to those who think the work is just about nudes. But I can't imagine Bill actually saying that.
It's a brilliant show. The prints are his first using digital printing technology which is quite significant in and of itself. Master prints of course.
Roslyn Oxley9 Go see it for yourself till June 5.