Saturday, March 24, 2018

From Suburbia to China Heights and a New Standard..

I keep hearing about how galleries are closing; but new galleries are opening too and some rippers like China Heights just keep doing what they do and keep doing it well. So lets kick off with my first visit to Cement Fondu (CF) (website coming soon)  CF opened on the 10th of  this month with a beautifully curated group show SUBURBIA. This is a colourful show of installations, photography, ceramics, drawings and mixed media work on, you guessed it suburbia. Only the selection of artists and their own visions of suburbia while remaining somewhat familiar, will certainly shift your perception of what is suburbia, and how it is for some who are for whatever reason on the periphery. Pictured directly below is my portrait of Caroline Garcia - post Live Performance & floor talk at CF with House #7 by Garry Trinh as a background.
Portrait of Caroline Garcia - post Live Performance & floor talk at Cement Fondu Gallery Paddington, Sydney. Background image House #7 by Garry Trinh. Photography by Kent Johnson.
The post performance floor talk was actually really illuminating as to immigration and integration into Australian suburban society. It was during this talk that I realised that Garry Trinh's "Houses" represented a shuttering of suburban society to those new people moving in around them. I mean maybe it should have been obvious (but then I'm a white anglo Aussie) and the context of the show made this very clear! That said, the installation has a lot of whimsy bright colour and is an overwhelmingly enjoyable experience and I can't wait to see more shows from Cement Fondu!
Caroline Garcia - Live Performance & floor talk at Cement Fondu Gallery Paddington, Sydney. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Caroline Garcia - Live Performance & floor talk at Cement Fondu Gallery Paddington, Sydney. Photography by Kent Johnson.
SUBURBIA installation at Cement Fondu. Photography by Kent Johnson.
I've know of Disorder Gallery for a while now but have only just made it to two my first shows there. On NOW, the beautiful new show from Catherine Hourihan - dance inspired images with a contrast of youth and age, beautiful images and really lovely matte prints - you need to seem them on the walls, not on some glossy glowing screen!
Portrait of Catherine Hourihan at Disorder Gallery - dance inspired images with a contrast of youth and age, beautiful images and really lovely prints. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Attendees at Catherine Hourihan at Disorder Gallery - dance inspired images with a contrast of youth and age, beautiful images and really lovely prints. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Catherine Hourihan and friend at Disorder Gallery - dance inspired images with a contrast of youth and age, beautiful images and really lovely prints. Photography by Kent Johnson.
China Heights - Even after all these years attending an opening at CH still feels like like being part of some underground yet very cool art society. I'm not sure if that's because it seems way off peoples radar or they just can't handle the coolness factor! That said I think (not unlike the recently closed Black Eye) many of their artists seem to come from commercial design and advertising backgrounds - like Andy Warhol & Willem de Kooning did - but in Sydney that still seems to be a bit of a no-no to the art establishment. I enjoyed seeing "they used to call me" Rad Dan by Daniel R. Watkins on Friday night, the work reminding me a little of 1960's British Pop artist Richard Hamilton. CH have the slightly unusual practice of Friday openings followed by Sat/Sun only viewings so check the website first if you want to see the work.
"they used to call me" Rad Dan - Portrait of Daniel R. Watkins - China Heights Gallery. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Opening night, "they used to call me" Rad Dan - Daniel R. Watkins - China Heights Gallery.  Photography by Kent Johnson.
Phillippa Griffin and Sam Ramsden's The New Standard Gallery has been up and running for a little over a year now (I think). The Current show Brad Teodoruk, PROOF IS AN IDOL is a show that feels very much, one from a stable of artists coming from Sydney's strong art school traditions and I perhaps felt more my age at this opening than I do at CH! Lovely skilled painting, don't be fooled by the painting out and naive approach to form - it's anything but that..
Portrait of Brad Teodoruk, PROOF IS AN IDOL at The New Standard Gallery, Surry Hills Sydney. Photography by Kent Johnson.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Arbiters - Photography Exhibition at KUDOS Gallery

Sydney is finally getting into the swing of  2018 with a pretty cool photography exhibition at KUDOS Gallery which opened last night to a happy crowd. Arbiters is a group show with Orson Heidrich, Vasili Papathanasopoulos, Manon Mikolaitis, Daniel Mitchell, Bryce Noakes, Cat Wratten, Tayla Jay - curated by Vasili Papathanasopoulos & Orson Heidrich. I like the nods to analogue photography - more than a nod in some cases - and the rather well executed presentation of each artists piece. Hopefully these shots from the opening will encourage you to pop along and have a look or yourself. I managed to photograph four of the artist too, great show guys, love your work! KUDOS Gallery 31 January - 17 February 2018.
Artist portrait of Vasili Papathanasopoulos with work - Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Vasili Papathanasopoulos
Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Mould manipulated photographs by Daniel Mitchell - Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Wall Text - Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Blue Dress - Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Artist Daniel Mitchell Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Daniel Mitchell
Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Stripes and straight cut hair. Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
The artist being photographed. Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Outside Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Cat Wratten Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Cat Wratten
Cords  Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Installation room shot - Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

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Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

King Imprint & Kandi Reign Sing & Dance LIVE at NYFW

Well it may be 2018 but I'm still not done with 2017 yet! Not when I still have super cool shots from all around the world and pictures of performances like this one from two young dance stars, King Imprint & Kandi Reign; performing live at BracĂ© New York Fashion Week. Unlike here in Australia, the independent Fashion shows like to keep you entertained between runway shows but putting on a show... As a NYFW nube this was a pleasant surprise to me and when it's two acts like these young YouTube entertainers coming together it's absolutely top shelf. While I'm pretty sure I captured the energy and excitement of the performance, sadly there is no sound. So if you want to see and hear them perform, just click through to their respective YouTube video channels below after the pictures. Thanks for a great show guys, Cheers; I LOVED IT! Special thanks to SFS's NYFW sponsor White Caviar Life for getting us there.
Mr Benny Whip himself, LIVE! King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Eye contact! King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
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With some help from so even younger dancers! King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
The crowd love it - the phones are OUT! With some help from so even younger dancers! King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
The crowd love it - the phones are OUT!
Benny and Kandi singing together - King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Kandi takes the lead - King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Kandi in pink black and blue with high energy dance moves. King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Kandi in pink black and blue with high energy dance moves. King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Benny solos on the mic. King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
It's a dance off - King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Singing to each other, King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
In unison, King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Grand finale coming up, King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
And that's all, take a bow - King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
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Special thanks to SFS's NYFW sponsor White Caviar Life.
Previous NYFW on SFS
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2017/10/andre-bryson-guerrilla-emerging-fashion.html
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2017/12/rappers-streetwear-labels-finesse-uk.html
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2017/10/dexter-simmons-on-runway-art-hearts.html
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/a-captive-line-up-for-art-hearts.html
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/purvi-doshi-at-art-hearts-fashion-new.html

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Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Asymmetric Style - Black and White in Darlinghurst Sydney

Style is style and asymmetric style has a leaning and learning curve all its own. Spotted tonight (and I asked for the picture) The red disco bag (and double hoop earnings) is the clincher amongst so many great details.
Asymmetick off shoulder black top, slacks with balck detail and red disco bag. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

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Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
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