Last month I was invited to participate in a recent exhibition "Decoding Data" & "Drawing Data" at FirstSite Gallery in the CBD. Curators Stephen Gallagher and Liam Revell are interested in the power that image making has in the creative process, specifically how the initial visual impacts the final design.
It was wonderful project to be apart of.
For the exhibition I created this series of collages along with my most recent retail works of Collage Scarfs.
I came across this painted worker's boot and was completely entranced.
The link between the contemporary and classical visual motifs is wonderful. I especially love the use of an old workers' boot, as it really captures the appearance of a hard, well traveled journey.
This notion of the journey is paralleled with the imagery of Jason and the Argonauts (or Jason and the Golden Fleece) and is literally emphasizing the epic tale of life's challenges. The ode to Ancient Greek mythology (through styling) creates an overwhelming sense of wonder and opulence, transforming a commonly disregarded object into something a little more mystical.
.....unfortunately there was no artist name attached, only that it was on display at the Anna Pappas Gallery in Prahran.
Wondering around the city is always a pleasure. ....especially when you come across a wonderful surprise like this one.
Russell Place, in Melbourne's CBD is quickly growing into quite a cool little side-street of wonder.
With a handful of beautifully designed cafés, bars, boutiques (including unique men's leather shoes, a secret little FAT boutique and Pieces of Eight Jewelry Gallery), Russell Pl is definitely a destination for any curious Melbournian.
Along with all the retail and culinary excitment, what really got me thrilled was the Street Art on display.
This collage is very surreal yet, quite a romantic motif in comparison to the other street around the CBD. I love the notion of colossus stone-like hands, intertwined as if they were vines, while people sit, converse and dine on the opposite side of the street. These hands emerging from the concrete ground give Russell Pl a softer more organic feel against the dense and chaotic life that lives beyond its walls.