I want to thank Windsor Smith for the invite to celebrate their 70th anniversary at #HarbourLife for which they were a major sponsor. You can read all about that epic sojourn in the VIP Marquee behind the stage if you missed it HERE. BUT because I was at this amazing venue for this amazing event and an event within an event; I could not resist documenting both, day into night to the best of my abilities. I had never been to a day club/Festival/Rave(?) before although back in the day I certainly liked to hit the dance floor at the small clubs in Brisbane & later Sydney & even Barcelona. So although I didn't actually do anything other than take pictures (once back out in the main music areas); I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the people and everyone seemed great and really laid back. If you see a friend, please share the blog & let them know. I have also decided to post the pictures to a folder on the Street Fashion Sydney - Facebook page, link at the bottom - please share from here first, and you might like to Follow on Facebook when you get there. Thanks to everyone what a great music event, what a location! Even if I do feel conflicted about public park being used so-often as a venue.. We will talk about that another time.. Cheers to you! See a picture you would like to buy? They are for sale, just contact me.
Posters riffing on the ideographs of an IKEA instruction sheet. White plinths topped with packaged canvas boiler suits in clear plastic bags - complete with suffocation warnings - in a variety of languages. A logo, no it must be another art work, the word Uniform over a line drawing of a Unicorns head.. it all feels astonishingly familiar. Of course there are people milling around as one would expect at an art opening.
Some small square canvases on the wall, just canvas.. It has the feeling of a minimally decorated On-Trend Fashion showroom launch. As one moves deeper into the space - looking for the opening night bar - there is a white clothing rack, white table, a white curtained change room; and someone to help you to UNIFORM. It's artist Chanelle Collier, quite naturally wearing fashion's favourite colour.. black. The clothes rack is mostly empty, there are Logo'd canvas suit-bags folded on the table; waiting.. for the clothing of anyone who changes from their clothes into the Uniform for the next 24 hours, becoming part of the art.
The show is titled UNIFORM and uniform is the artwork, the logo, the leitmotif. The word Uniform above a simple line drawing of a Unicorn's head says it all; well maybe not quite all. It does however do exactly what a Logo is supposed to do, create an immediate visual connection with the Brands Identity art as you move into this multi layered installation and performative art work.
Decoration over substance, conformity over vision, the gallery as temple, the artist as seer, machine made, hand made, is it possible to be Uniform and Unicorn at the same time?
This is one of the first exhibitions I have seen in quite a while where I didn't find myself wondering if the work might not possibly be a triumph of technique and style (top shelf decoration) over creative vision and substance. So while I suppose everyone who did choose to wear a boiler suit for 24 hours is most likely on their way to Masters degree in Art; making the process a bit of an inside job. That certainly does nothing to undermine that this show asks real questions of what art is and what it means to be an artist; and covers a lot more VERY unpopular creative ground. Really, when was the last time you saw art that challenged you to think about what is going with the world, with life, and how that fits with art? Uniform addressed a lot of ideas (mostly with a sense of fun and wit) that I have only very sketchily scratched the surface of here. The photographs below are a chronological documentation of the opening night of a three day show that I hope describe more than I have put into words above.