Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Esoteric & Erotic Art of Del Kathryn Barton.

The only previous time I have seen so many people crushing into the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery was on the occasion of Bill Henson's first exhibition after the scandal of the 2008 vice squad shut-down show. His 2010 show was completely chockas-as with people there to support Bill, including myself; but really in a completely different way to the crush of people that were there to see the new Del Kathryn Barton (DKB) show 'angel dribble'.  What I find so fascinating about a DKB show is that it's feminine, heterosexual semi-surrealist post/Secessionist Klimt meets Schiele erotica; with a little H. R. Giger thrown in for good measure, and no one seems to notice... the erotica. Maybe it's the Kali-like abundance of eyes and breasts (in lieu of arms).. that bedazzles one and all compelling us to ignore the elephant in the room, the esoteric erotica. Well no-one seems to mention it much! They just love the pictures. But it is Del's "universe" and she has captured the zeitgeist of youth (real youth followers too), the coming of age and sexual curiosity; which, is a theme in much of Henson's work as well. Of course DKB also reverses through time and the erotic back to the absolute innocence and wonder of childhood which, while walking the tightrope of sentimentality and kitsch, never seems to slip into either. It is I believe an utterly unique creative position; though in this show DKB refuses to rest on her laurels and success. There is much new in this new show and when DKB says she "bled" for this show, I for one believe her.
Opening night portrait of Del Kathryn Barton at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery for the her new show 'angel dribble'.
Opening night portrait of Del Kathryn Barton at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery for the her show 'angel dribble'.
Mandala like eye 'works' and the opening night crowd at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery for 'angel dribble' by Del Kathryn Barton.

Sculpture and opening night crowd at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery for 'angel dribble' by Del Kathryn Barton.

Sculptures, paintings and opening night crowd at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery for 'angel dribble' by Del Kathryn Barton.

Large phallus and man sculpture, painting detail and opening night crowd at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery for 'angel dribble' by Del Kathryn Barton.

Large eye 'portraits' and opening night crowd at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery for 'angel dribble' by Del Kathryn Barton.

A wall of massed new collage works. Opening night crowd at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery for 'angel dribble' by Del Kathryn Barton.

Street fashion, pink hair, hat with feather, angel wing tattoo. Opening night crowd at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery for 'angel dribble' by Del Kathryn Barton.

Sculptures and a multi-eye head painting. Opening night crowd at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery for 'angel dribble' by Del Kathryn Barton.

A Kali inspired sculpture. Opening night crowd at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery for 'angel dribble' by Del Kathryn Barton.

Del Kathryn Barton and the opening night crowd at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery for 'angel dribble' by Del Kathryn Barton.

Previous DKB posts on SFS - http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/west-newtown-aka-enmore-paddington-too.html

ON NOW - untill September 10 - 2016.
http://www.roslynoxley9.com.au/

Telling Stories in Pictures all over Sydney..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Black with a Hint of Pink - In the Gallery Friday Night..

Shiny copper heritage plumbing; synthetic leaks, indecipherable colour transparencies floating in space. For a while it was hard for me to decide if I was at the art show or if I was dreaming I was back at the architectural heritage shop again. But then there was the fashion, some a little a little dream like (some like the building yard too) I wasn't dreaming after all - ‪#‎MarianTubbs‬ ‪#‎contemporarymonsters‬ ‪#‎minervasydney‬ Black never goes out of style does it, but this eye make-up, a beautiful and creative part of the night.
Black and white outfit, pink eye make-up. Street fashion Sydney
Street fashion Sydney, Blue bomber jacket, black tee and pants.

#‎MarianTubbs‬ ‪#‎contemporarymonsters‬ ‪#‎minervasydney‬
Art crowd, #‎MarianTubbs‬ ‪#‎contemporarymonsters‬ ‪#‎minervasydney‬ Street fashion Sydney
Black jeans, denim jacket - Street fashion Sydney
#‎MarianTubbs‬ #PokemonGo ‪#‎contemporarymonsters‬ ‪#‎minervasydney‬ Street fashion Sydney
#‎MarianTubbs‬ ‪#‎contemporarymonsters‬ ‪#‎minervasydney‬ Street fashion Sydney

Telling Stories in Pictures all over Sydney..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Friday, July 29, 2016

Art, The Art of Pokemon, & Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden..

Unless you have been living under a rock without crystal-set-WiFi; you will have certainly noticed that there is a new kid in town. Or maybe 151 strange cartoony kids, or maybe just smart phone wielding kids running through your garden. If you are wondering what it is? It's called Pokemon Go; and it has apparently uprooted couch potatoes, reunited parents with their formerly sullen, phone-communication-only children - all the better to travel to new places safely to hunt Pokemon with - and burnt goodness knows how many thousands, hundreds of thousands of kilos of human fat, off the face of the earth already!!

Apart from Pokemon Go being much more friendly than playing chess online (but that's another story) seeing these Pokemon pop up all over the place including art shows... Reminds me of the  Cottingley Fairies that famously duped Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famed author of Sherlock Homes into believing there really were Fairies at the bottom of the garden - maybe he just needed a Galaxy 7 or iPhone 6 to prove to the world they were real. Not fake or imagined at all.. I for one am more than happy for a return to simpler times with the aid of 'smart' technology.. If it helps unchain me from behind the computer. Now if you can scroll past the next 4 'proofs' that Pokemon's really exist and are amongst us, there is a round up of some superb art shows - painting and photography - and then a little more banter about the positive side of Pokemon Go. Go on, keep scrolling, you might be surprised! Art & Gallery links below!
A Pokemon Doduo crashes and art opening at Folonomo Gallery in Surry Hills, Sydney.
A Pokemon Doduo crashes an Art Opening at Folonomo Gallery.
A Pokemon Pidgey crashes and art opening at KUDOS Gallery.
A Pokemon Pidgey crashes and art opening at KUDOS Gallery.
A Squirtle prepares for Pokemon battle outside the 'Pokestop' at Gallery 9  in Darlinghurst.
A Squirtle prepares for Pokemon battle near the 'Pokestop' at Gallery 9 Darlinghurst.
The ubiquitous Pokemon Zubat hangs out at Canvas Bar for a casual art opening and a few Drinks in the Sydney CBD.
The ubiquitous Pokemon Zubat hangs out at Canvas Bar for a casual art opening in the Sydney CBD.
Getting back to the art - Two weeks ago I attended a Friday night opening of Scott Gardiner's 'Disappear Here' at Palmer Art Projects. It is still on and is a curious blend of seascape abstraction and geometric rendering. Scott explores the nature and power of the ocean combining his art with his love of being in the ocean (the floor was already painted..). Nature was also vividly on show in Sarah Ducker's mandala like photographic observations of alpine flora in the New Zealand Alps. Both artists drawing their own visual meta of landscape.

Scott Gardiner 'Disappear Here' at Palmer Art Projects
Scott Gardiner 'Disappear Here' at Palmer Art Projects.
Funky winter knits, green red, flared denim overalls. Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.Mens style, winter coat, fedora ans cravat. Street Style Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Blue playsuit, pastel cardigan and 'emotional baggage' tote. Perfect for Pokemon hunting. Street Fashion Sydney.
Artist portrait at Off the Wall, Al Poulet at KUDOS Gallery. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Off the Wall  by Al Poulet at KUDOS Gallery
Room view, Off the Wall  by Al Poulet at KUDOS Gallery.
Portrait of Sarah Ducker at Barometer Gallery. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Sarah Ducker at Barometer Gallery.
'Fragile' by Sarah Ducker at Barometer Gallery.
Brett Hilder and female friends at the Habana Story book launch and pop-up photography show. Badger and Fox Gallery Surry Hills.
Brett Hilder and friends at the Habana Story book launch, Badger and Fox Gallery Surry Hills.
If you are fortunate enough to have seen or better yet, own a copy of Brett Hilder's Another Time, Past Created you will be aware of the beauty of both his photography and his prose. Always a man of the times Brett has side-stepped traditional publishing and is offering his new book only as a PDF at $10.00. Email him directly at  bretthilder@gmail.com The Cuba photographs are for sale too though not at quite that price point..
Vivienne Shui AKA vivialaViv and Ben Robertson at the 'Habana Story' book launch.
Brett Hilder and Ashley 'the' King. Badger and Fox gallery.
Gina at the Brett Hilder book launch, Badger and Fox Gallery.
Portrait of Kate Farquharson at KUDOS gallery for her exhibition Disintegration.
Portrait of Kate Farquharson at KUDOS gallery for her exhibition Disintegration.
Sensitivity for the subject, especially in portraiture should be a given and Kate has it in spades in this exhibition which examines a life lived and the effects and affects of ageing - by only photographing the space lived in and the objects therein. I was very moved by this series of photographs created over a four year period. On now at KUDOS Gallery.
Winter fashion, long cream coat, washed out jeans and fawn scarf - Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Men's hair - shaved sides for hard 'bangs' seen at KUDOS gallery. Street Fashion Sydney.
Anne Lynam speaking at her show 'Arcana' Barometer Gallery, Sydney.
Anne Lynam speaking at her show 'Arcana' Barometer Gallery, Sydney.
What to say about Anne Lynam's show 'Arcana' at Barometer Gallery.? I first meet Anne when she was showing at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown Sydney, 2004 and later at Point Light gallery. Forget the rapidity of modern photography. There's fashion, street photography, nudes somehow fitting together. Anne's works are unrushed, meticulously constructed images, the result of a disciplined eye and a creative and often witty mind. The work delivers a feeling of familiarity and is yet quite unique. And I usually feel like throwing in the towel after seeing one of Anne's shows.. Nothing has changed, the work just keeps on getting better. On until the 7th of August.
Portrait of Anne Lynam at her show 'Arcana' Barometer Gallery, Sydney.

So some wonderful painting, some stunning photography by four vastly different photographers. And that bloody game you already love or hate. I have picked it up in the interest of seeing what it's all about; if the CIA are reading Street Fashion Sydney they should already know what I am up to anyway. Other than doubling my daily walk and discharge of my phones battery. Pokemon Go (PG) is a boon for anyone that has painted a mural, made a public sculpture, or for buildings of, historic significance. Now not all artworks I have seen popping up as Poke Stops are credited but this one by Anthony Lister in Newtown that I came across today is. I presume the image was put up on google maps as a credited image at that GPS location. Something for (legal) Street Artists to think about. PG may not be the hot game forever, in fact its quite unlikely; I do think its the start of a form of everyday virtual reality, and something for all artists to have a look at, even if only with their kids or some friends; after all, Pandora never went back in the box, those Pokemon's are out for good too.

Pokemon Go Poke Stop credited art by Anthony Lister in Newtown.


https://palmerartprojects.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KUDOS/Off the Wall Al Poulet
http://www.barometer.net.au/ & http://sarahducker.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KUDOS/Kate Farquharson/
http://www.barometer.net.au/ & http://annelynam.com/

Telling Stories in Pictures all over Sydney..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

About Art Last Night - 4 in a Row on William Street..

Not that I am counting.. but really, is there anywhere else with an art scene as vibrant as Sydney has? It is a real question as I am not art-scene world-wide savvy enough to answer it myself - though I do hear there is never enough time to see what Berlin has to offer - it seems to me to be the same here. Strobed listed 7 openings and there were two shows I attended that were not on that list.. Art last night saw the launch of a new ARI space ARO gallery with a group show at 51 William Street, the city end. Of course the gallery in a car park, Alaska (maybe named as such because its so cold in Winter) now has a space Alaska Projects on, you guessed it, on William Street too, 73-75 though it has been going for a while now. 16 (5 artists) curated by Bradley Vincent. You didn't need to guess where either gallery was. A visible phalanx of people out front of both spaces only about 50 meters apart looked like a human bar graph saying Art Here! Heading back towards the Cross King Street Gallery on William (at 177) was showing Jenny Sages wonderful sculptural paintings/drawings.. On the Memory of the Imagination. Then up and over the Potts Point side 220 Creative Space (its above the bookshop) was showing Still/Dynamic. And that is just last night, it's been a very busy week, more already seen and yet to come so stay tuned for more over the weekend.. Now enough of the words, it's art it's about looking, so here's the pictures about art last night.

VOGUE - Karl Lagerfeld Tee Shirt, ARO Gallery opening, Street Fashion Sydney photographed by Kent Johnson.
ARO Gallery opening night - street view - Street Fashion Sydney photographed by Kent Johnson.
ARO Gallery opening night.
ARO Gallery opening night Street Fashion Sydney photographed by Kent Johnson.
ARO Gallery opening night crowd - Street Fashion Sydney photographed by Kent Johnson.
Street view at Alaska Projects - Street Fashion Sydney photographed by Kent Johnson.
Street view at Alaska Projects
Art crowd at Alaska Projects - Street Fashion Sydney photographed by Kent Johnson.
Winter womans style with colour. Street Fashion Sydney photographed by Kent Johnson.
People and reflections at Alaska - Street Fashion Sydney photographed by Kent Johnson.
Striped shirt afro and overalls. Street Fashion Sydney photographed by Kent Johnson.
KSGOW street view. Street Fashion Sydney photographed by Kent Johnson.
Artist portrait of Jenny Sages at King Street Gallery on William. Street Fashion Sydney photographed by Kent Johnson.
Artist portrait of Jenny Sages at King Street Gallery on William.
Art works by Jenny Sages, king on William gallery. Street Fashion Sydney photographed by Kent Johnson.
Jenny Sages in conversation, King on William. Street Fashion Sydney photographed by Kent Johnson.
Art crowd, 220 creative space. Street Fashion Sydney photographed by Kent Johnson.
220 creative space. Street Fashion Sydney photographed by Kent Johnson.
https://www.facebook.com/arogallery/?fref=ts
http://home.alaskaprojects.com/
http://kingstreetgallery.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/220creativespace/

Telling Stories in Pictures all over Sydney..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863