Thursday, May 18, 2017

Art in Sydney - On Now & Just Missed It!

Yes we are back in Sydney; at least for the time being. However I am not finished with Prague just yet so please do excuse the banner for the time being.. But; for now there is a LOT of art to see in Sydney, so here's a quick overview of shows I've seen in the last 10 days along with, you guessed it, some "street fashion" too. Let's kick off with last nights opening at Gallery 9 in Darlinghurst.

Paul Snell photographed at "Chromophilia" at Gallery 9.Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
 Paul Snell above, "Chromophilia" and Tony Lloyd below, "The Distance" I loved Paul's strong colour works including the larger area pieces in the third gallery room. Tony's beautifully executed paintings have a kind of sci-fi quirkiness with the natural beauty of the landscape, and the two shows sit remarkably well together.
Portrait of Tony Lloyd at "The Distance" Gallery 9 Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Tam, suede jacket black jeans and doc martins; art student style. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Red lipstick and a beautiful smile, with a black on black outfit. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Ladies with coats and black pants and a little dog at Gallery 9. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
SNO 132 - Stephen Jones. A retrospective of the legendary electronica video artist and member of experimental band Severed Heads. The show was opened by Ian Milliss followed by some words from Stephen himself. A must-see exhibition chronicling the cutting-edge start of video art and music clips.
Seated, Ian Milliss left with Stephen Jones on the right.

Speeches at SNO 132 with Ian Milliss and Stephen Jones. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Speeches at SNO 132 with Stephen Jones and audience. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Mandala video at SNO 132 by Stephen Jones. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

"Unseen Everyday Japan"; opening, curation and talk by Q Sakamaki at the Japan Foundation. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
"Unseen Everyday Japan"; opening, curation and talk by Q Sakamaki at the Japan Foundation. As part of Head On. Well worth a look, gritty stuff. All images were sourced via a dedicated Instagram group.
Gaffa gallery launch - currently home to a show of three Dutch photography artists and one Scottish photographer. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Gaffa gallery is currently home to a show of three Dutch photography artists and one Scottish photographer. Some pretty terrific work all-round though I was personally very impressed with the close-up "tomboy" portraits of women of all ages, WILDFANG by Lesley Turnbull. Dare I say it; there is something for everyone as at least one artists style will impress anyone who loves photography. The show was opened by the Dutch consulate (above) and is well worth checking out.
Artist Douwe Dijkstra : CITY REFLECTIONS at Gaffa. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Douwe Dijkstra : CITY REFLECTIONS at Gaffa.

INSCAPES artist Astrid Verhoef at Gaffa, Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
INSCAPES by Astrid Verhoef at Gaffa,

Photographer Emmanuel Angelicas  with his printer at Blanco Negro for the opening of "Caprice - Je ne Sais Quoi"  Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
"Caprice - Je ne Sais Quoi" : Well I don't know what that is.. but I do know fine erotica when I see it and Emmanuel Angelicas is a master of his underground fine art erotic art form. The sitter is the perfectly named "Caprice Hunter" and between the two of them they have created a beautiful series of sensual and sexually alluring images. Emmanuel told me that he booked the model online in Perth and flew over to photograph her in just one two hour session, with his new Sony point-and-shoot. Of course all this could be true and it is a fantastic story - so are the pictures. Thanks Emmanuel for the signed limited edition catalogue. Love the show. On now at Blanco Negro.
Photographer Emmanuel Angelicas and artworks at Blanco Negro for the opening of "Caprice - Je ne Sais Quoi"  Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Photographer Emmanuel Angelicas at Blanco Negro for the opening of "Caprice - Je ne Sais Quoi"  Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Vivienne Shui and William Yang at Barometer Gallery. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Speeches with Sarah Ducker and Sandy Edwards at Barometer Galley. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Details. I can't believe that the show I saw almost a year ago of macro photographs of alpine flora and rocks and water and soil and some ice, I mean it was all there.. was her first show! And sold like hot cakes and deservedly so. It was just bloody amazing! So now Sarah Ducker is back at Barometer Galley, this time it's tidal wash on sand. And I think for one, Sarah has done it again. There are no flowers so the pictures are not as pretty? Her sensitivity to the flow of nature however remains undiminished and her skill at choosing just-how-much detail should be accentuated; well this is an artist to watch. On now. Check it out.
Speeches with Sarah Ducker at Barometer Galley. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Shoes and Fishnet stockings at TAP Gallery. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Now Nyk and I have been great friends for over a decade. (Nyk can you believe it!) All after I contacted him via the Model Mayhem website, not because he was a model, no I saw a local photographer who seemed to know everyone and as I had just returned to photography at the time; I wanted to meet someone I could talk shop to. Beer, Models, Photography. Probably in that order; we have been good friends ever since and so it's great to see a show that celebrates all that - and Nyk's yet another photography award (he does have a lot). Major Rock Stars and Fashion Stars on the runway and affordable prices. On now at TAP Gallery; and what an opening party - Totally Fashion - Nyk. Congratulations yet again!
Women party and pose for the camera at the launch of Nyk Sykes exhibition Show Piece at TAP gallery. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Street style at the Nyk Sykes launch. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Street style, fishnets and feathers at the Nyk Sykes launch. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Nyk speaking at the launch of his show Show Piece at TAP Gallery. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Rod Sainty giving a floor talk about his photographs on opening night M2 gallery. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
I went along to Rod Sainty's show, and to quote myself "Saw a great 'Boys Own Adventure' exhibition last night. And I say that in the most positive way. Amazing historical architecture pictures shot NOW in Ancient Persia, the cradle of civilisation (correct me if I am wrong). Shot 5x4 on film. Lovely work. On now at M2 gallery. Awesome, and Rod Sainty is minding the show so you can find out ALL you need to know just by dropping by. I'm going" back because I have more questions to ask and want to see more of this real photography!" The show is down but Rod is my Facebook friend so if you are interested drop me a line!
Portrait of Rod Sainty, opening night at M2 gallery. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

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