Thursday, January 21, 2016

Dale Frank @ Roslyn Oxley9 - On NOW

SABCO PEROXIDE is Dale Frank's latest show at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Paddington, Sydney. And if that word SABCO seems strange and yet familiar it could well be that you have a broom or a mop or even a paintbrush.. from the South Australian Brush Company, SABCO lying around your house or studio somewhere. I suspect brushes never go anywhere near any of Frank's paintings which are very very shiny and very very colourful too. One certainly gets a feeling of automotive gloss finishes, (now with broken windscreen glass, and recycled tyre rubber..) I thought I could detect that sweet auto-paint-shop scent upon entering the gallery last night.
your mothers name is a real mouthful, Dale Frank SABCO PEROXIDE exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9. Photos by Kent Johnson.
your mothers name is a real mouthful, Dale Frank 2015
The high gloss reflective finishes offer an irresistable selfie heaven for some and I must say, I am pretty glad I was not commissioned to document the art works! That said, at the opening the peoples reflections became part of the art and all the works really were alive. None more so than the mechanised Mobile Painting (my phrase not the galleries) your mothers name is a real mouthful, 2015, both enchanting and mesmerising, (there's a 29 second video at the bottom of the page). And I finally managed to grab a portrait of the artist, Dale Frank himself, out in the stockroom. Dale has said no to me photographing him before; I wonder if it was that I mentioned that the previous mobile had cats, and this one has butterflies; "and they flap their wings" Dale told me. "I will have a close look" I replied. and they do! A great show, on now until the 18th of February.
Symmetry, two paintings, four patrons. Dale Frank SABCO PEROXIDE exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9. Photos by Kent Johnson.
Selfie Irresistible! Dale Frank SABCO PEROXIDE exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9. Photos by Kent Johnson.
Opening night art patrons at Dale Frank SABCO PEROXIDE exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9. Photos by Kent Johnson.
Goyisher head, 2015 granulated recycled car tyre rubber on perspex, and art patrons in reflection. Dale Frank SABCO PEROXIDE exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9. Photos by Kent Johnson.
to cry like a baby, laugh like a girl, 2015. Marc Newson chair on rotating platform part two: pressurised construction foam, cardboard, varnish, and harlequin pain on rotating platform.Dale Frank SABCO PEROXIDE exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9. Photos by Kent Johnson.
He collected Pearl Necklaces, 2015 suspended Campana Bothers Boa sofa by Edra. Dale Frank SABCO PEROXIDE exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9. Photos by Kent Johnson.
Vivienne snaps a group of us at the show. Dale Frank SABCO PEROXIDE exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9. Photos by Kent Johnson.
Selfie and detail of your mothers name is a real mouthful, 2015 by Dale Frank SABCO PEROXIDE exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9. Photos by Kent Johnson.
Portrait of Dale Frank hanging out in the stockroom at the opening of SABCO PEROXIDE exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9. Photos by Kent Johnson.
Title wall, Dale Frank SABCO PEROXIDE exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9. Photos by Kent Johnson.
She lived with six cats and countless accusations, 2015 (Group Show 2015)

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Under Mercury Vapours

Under Mercury Vapours, Title Shot. Vishmi wears ROLLA'S Camille Wrap Dress in Floral print, Old School Vans skate shoes. photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.Still life, old church at night, grand columns.. Photo by Kent Johnson.Traveller Palm, still life composition and photograph by Kent Johnson.With movement. Vishmi wears photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.Born from the shadow, Vishmi wears ROLLA'S Eastcoast Flare Overall; photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.Casual stance, Vishmi wears ROLLA'S Eastcoast Flare Overall; photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.Vishmi wears Abrand Jeans Sleeveless Check Shirt  ROLLA'S Dusters Short in Astral blue, Vans Old Skool Sneakers; photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.Portrait, Vishmi wears Abrand Jeans Sleeveless Check Shirt  ROLLA'S Dusters Short in Astral blue, Vans Old Skool Sneakers; photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.B&W photo Vishmi wears Dr Martens and White Skivy Models Own, ROLLA'S Eastcoast Flare Overall, photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.He wears, Levi's Jeans & Commuter Jacket, AKUBRA Hat. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.Vishmi wears Dr Martens and White Skivy Models Own, ROLLA'S Eastcoast Flare Overall, photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Under Mercury Vapours - Magazine layout..
Under Mercury Vapours. A fashion story, P1-2 By Kent Johnson.
Under Mercury Vapours. A fashion story, P3-4. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Under Mercury Vapours. A fashion story, P5-6. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Under Mercury Vapours. A fashion story, P7-8. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Under Mercury Vapours. A fashion story, P9-10. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Under Mercury Vapours. A fashion story, P11-12. Photography by Kent Johnson.

I have long been in love with this location and wanted to photograph there, although until recently it has not been accessible in the way it was for our photoshoot. I also wanted to keep it simple; energy, connection, emotion, that is the story I am after. So I am very grateful to Vishmi for taking the 'risk' of shooting with me in such a quiet and personal manner. We had an enjoyable time (crew-less but not clueless..) and it all happened reasonably quickly, the magic of the shoot unfolding quite seamlessly. The still life shots of the location were made during the site's transitional phases in the weeks preceding our shoot. You have to keep an eye on things! The idea for the title is from the gas in the street lights that give a yellow cast, they are Mercury Vapour lamps - or at least they used to be..

Thanks to Portobello PR for the great clobber.

Photographer/Stylist - Kent Johnson
Model - Vishmi Helaratne
Layout & Design - Kent Johnson

ROLLA'S - Camille Wrap Dress - Floral
Dr Martens - Models Own
White Skivy - Models Own
ROLLA'S Eastcoast Flare Overall in Salty Rain
Dr Martens Boots - Models Own
Abrand Jeans - A. Sleeveless Shirt - Check
ROLLA'S - Dusters Short - Astral blue
Vans Old Skool Sneakers
He wears, Levi's Jeans & Commuter Jacket, AKUBRA Hat.


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Friday, December 25, 2015

Santa's Gimp and the Amazing World (that was) Rock Photography, with Tony Mott.

Photography (that was), what a strange little blog title especially since Mr Tony Mott is still a photographer. Why the "that was"? Well because, digital photography, of course! In the lead up to this event on the 22nd of November 2015 I was reading how Tony took a year off to help look after his newborn twins; and when he took this photography sabbatical he had 182 rock mag clients on file that he sold pictures to. A year later there were just 22, and now only 3 of the original 182 left! Now of course people are as passionate about music as ever, and as passionate about rock photography as ever.. But it's all gone online, it's getting shot-and-shared by amateurs for free; and let me tell you; it's hard to make a living working for free, Q.E.D. this blog.Santa's Gimp? Lexi Land "Rattlesnake" performance, photographed by Kent Johnson.
But great Rock 'n' Roll photographer that Tony is, he was not going to launch his A-Z of Rock Photography book on a low note, hell no; it was going to be rock-and-roll all the way with way more than just a nod in the direction of "your momma won't like it" :-) hell no - HELL NO! I ask you, what's wrong with kids today? All signing up for frequent flyer points and all that consumer loyalty shit and a free cup of coffee - You know REBELLION - is still the only cool gig in town - stop nerding, lets get back to ROCKIN'... Scroll on, because here are the players on the night.
Portrait of Tony Mott at his book launch at Leonard Mattis Studio, Surry Hills, Sydney. Photo by Kent Johnson.
Tony Mott at his book launch.
This is it; as it happened, more or less.. The Alphabet A-Z Rock 'N' Roll Photography - Tony Mott book launch at Leonard Mattis Studio. Accompanied by, art installations and performances by Lexi Land & Matt Format; DJ Suzie Q; Musician/Guitarist, Simon Rosa; Choreographer, Matthew Gode with Dancers, Erica Stubbs,  Ashleigh Tavares, Shivawn Joubert.
Guests, Tony Mott book launch with the installation and performance of  Lexi Land "Rattlesnake" performance, photographed by Kent Johnson.
Panorama of the installation and performance of  Lexi Land "Rattlesnake" performance, photographed by Kent Johnson.
Black and White portrait detail, Lexi Land "Rattlesnake" performance, photographed by Kent Johnson,.
Lexi Land "Rattlesnake" performance.
Colour full length detail, Lexi Land "Rattlesnake" performance, photographed by Kent Johnson,.
Video screens, detail;  Lexi Land "Rattlesnake" performance, photographed by Kent Johnson,.
Shoes. Tony Mott book launch Alphabet A-Z Rock 'N' Roll Photography. Photo by Kent Johnson
Faces. Tony Mott book launch Alphabet A-Z Rock 'N' Roll Photography. Photo by Kent Johnson
Detail, videographer with the installation and performance of  Lexi Land "Rattlesnake" performance, photographed by Kent Johnson.
Us and Mick Jagger. Tony Mott book launch Alphabet A-Z Rock 'N' Roll Photography. Photo by Kent Johnson
Lace dress, Tony Mott book launch Alphabet A-Z Rock 'N' Roll Photography. Photo by Kent Johnson
Dancers behind wire mesh, blue light. Tony Mott book launch Alphabet A-Z Rock 'N' Roll Photography. Photo by Kent Johnson
Phone cameras videoing dancers behind wire mesh, blue light. Tony Mott book launch Alphabet A-Z Rock 'N' Roll Photography. Photo by Kent Johnson
Photographing, slash Filming this used to be difficult.. Digital may very well kill us all with convenience..
Kissing the Tony Mott, John Lydon PIL picture. Tony Mott book launch Alphabet A-Z Rock 'N' Roll Photography. Photo by Kent Johnson
With a copy of the BIG BOOK!. Tony Mott book launch Alphabet A-Z Rock 'N' Roll Photography. Photo by Kent Johnson
Zimmerman pants suit, street fashion Sydney. Tony Mott book launch Alphabet A-Z Rock 'N' Roll Photography. Photo by Kent Johnson
Men's style, male model off-duty, street fashion Sydney. Tony Mott book launch Alphabet A-Z Rock 'N' Roll Photography. Photo by Kent Johnson
Photographer cropped by a large mirror, Peter Garrett image. Tony Mott book launch Alphabet A-Z Rock 'N' Roll Photography. Photo by Kent Johnson
Matt Format performance in silver foil. Tony Mott book launch Alphabet A-Z Rock 'N' Roll Photography. Photo by Kent Johnson
Matt Format performance with fog, B&W image. Tony Mott book launch Alphabet A-Z Rock 'N' Roll Photography. Photo by Kent Johnson
Rock fans with Tony Mott book at launch party. Tony Mott book launch Alphabet A-Z Rock 'N' Roll Photography. Photo by Kent Johnson

http://www.tonymott.com/
http://leonardmattis.com/blog/leonard-mattis-blog/tony-mott/
http://lexiland.tumblr.com/
http://mattformat.com/

Yes it took me weeks and weeks and well, weeks to get these pictures edited to the point I was happy with; and from such a HUGE selection. It was such a great night and so visually interesting. Hope you enjoy, go buy the book!

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