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 an Art Opening at Folonomo Gallery.|
|A Pokemon Pidgey crashes and art opening at KUDOS Gallery.|
|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 in the Sydney CBD.|
|Scott Gardiner 'Disappear Here' at Palmer Art Projects.|
|Off the Wall by Al Poulet at KUDOS Gallery|
|Sarah Ducker at Barometer Gallery.|
|Brett Hilder and friends at the Habana Story book launch, Badger and Fox Gallery Surry Hills.|
|Portrait of Kate Farquharson at KUDOS gallery for her exhibition Disintegration.|
|Anne Lynam speaking 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.
https://www.facebook.com/KUDOS/Off the Wall Al Poulet
http://www.barometer.net.au/ & http://sarahducker.com/
http://www.barometer.net.au/ & http://annelynam.com/
Telling Stories in Pictures all over Sydney..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
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