Saturday, December 17, 2016

Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016.

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.
Arriving Fleet Stairs, short black shorts, Gothic make-up. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Friends checking make-up on the grass. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Three women arriving on Fleet Steps, Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Friends hang out beside the Fleet steps, a convenient location. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
The Stand Off - a group of women greet each other with strong glances.  #HarbourLife - Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Friends wearing bandannas. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Two young women in contrasting outfits. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
The view from above. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Four young women, girlfriends. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
One man, head and shoulders above the crowd. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
The shoes, the empty cans, the protective floor mating. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Friends, male & female with glitter on them. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Guys, Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Sitting on the mat - Red Hair, sheer black top. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Riding shoulders above the crowd, and a selfie too. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
A kiss for my boyfriend for the camera.Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Guys near the stage, view to the back. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Condoms, the shoes, the empty cans, the protective floor mating. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Super Mario (red caps) tries to get through - blue bag blue lighter. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Festival style, black hat shoulder ride with a ciggie and a drink! Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Hair flick, and a gap in the crowd. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Umbrella hat - Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
MATE! Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Loud shirts, friends, mug for my camera. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Crowd crush faces. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Photography ME! Above it all, Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Peace signs and a peasant blouse, glitter eye make-up. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Sydney Opera house and bridge from Mrs Macquarie's Chair. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
As Day turns to Night - the music plays on. Night, the dance crowd, view to fleet stairs. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Revellers on the fence looking out to the opera house. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Dance party crowd Rave into the night, coloured lights and a view to the stage. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Changing colours wash across the dance crowd by the harbours edge. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Friends near the bar, night, Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
A couple chill out on the grass, night above the dance area. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Revellers to the back of the lowerer festival area, Sydney cityscape at night in the background. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Getting late, friends resting on the plastic matting. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Green light, a walk along the waters edge, time to go. Harbour Life Music Festival Sydney 2016. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio.

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.

UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier. Lilac City Studio 17th November 2016. Darlinghurst, Sydney.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
Art documentation of - UNIFORM By Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier at Lilac City Studio - Photography by Kent Johnson.
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