Category Archives: Exhibition

Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize 08

One of my works gets short listed for this year Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize. The work is the final version of one of the Bangkok travel series.

4-21 September2008

The Vanishing Point Contemporary Art (ATVP)

565 King Street, Newtown

I’ll see you there.

Opening night and presentation

Thursday 11 September 2008, 6-9 pm

(For work not short listed for main category awards)

11-28 September 2008

Chrissie Cotter Gallery (CCG)

Pidcock Street, Camperdown (next to Camperdown Bowling Club)

Opening night

Friday 12 September 2008,6-9 pm

The Echoes of Pain

One of the hi-lights of Biennale of Sydney on Cockatoo Island is Mike Parr video installations in one of the abandoned office building. It is a collection of 30 years of his artist career. He uses his body to explore pain and violence as a part of the human being. It is not pretty. It is a spook house that really hits you with reality. Once you enter inside, the stairs and hallway lead you to each room of presentation with brutal imageries and inescapable sound. And there is no way you can skip one. It is about our own nature of curiosity. You can still feel the irritation lingering in your soul when getting out.

Anyway, the building itself is like a time capsule. Traces of activities are left as it was. One who feels Mike Parr’s works are too much to handle can distract themselves and just enjoy the history.

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Same Old Question

Caravaggio's Amor Vincit Omnia Bill Henson

That is “is it art or porn?” It is even more debatable when it comes to the kid issue. Red hot discussion at the moment is NSW Police seized up to 21 works of highly regard Australian photo artist, Bill Henson and closed the exhibition opening. While the Commissioner is considering charging him and the gallery as child offenders, arts community put their hands up and others raise the eyebrows. Whether how the lawsuit turns, the publicity, ahem…damage, has been done.

It is a thin line between these two realms but I believe it is a clear line. That line is the purpose and the intention. Obviously, pornography, soft-core or hard-core, is about sexuality and to fulfil that primitive human instinct. Many artists visit the theme many time. Some even uses pornos as the tool to tell the truths about it. That means there are layers of expressions to explore and think about, not just a quickie.

I have never seen Bill’s works in real life-slap me! Looking at the naked girl with inexpressive face beautifully lid from the back, personally as a child abuse victim myself-this is the first time I publicly disclose this, I find the image quite disturbing. It would creepily punch me on my face if it talked directly to me in print not on computer screen. Kevin Rudd says it is revolting. But that what is arts about: to touch you where no one can, to take you where no one can and to reflect and to understand yourself as a human being. And it is up to your interpretation.

Let the real paedophiles get moist with Caravaggio‘s Amor Vincit Omnia but they do not take it from the wall and hide it in a back room as it is worth much more to experience the beauty and joy of the creation than to feel the lust it hardly presents. For the mums and dads that scream out should open up to it and listen to what the artist would like to say, rather than try to cover their eyes and others.

Bill may or may not exploit the adolescences as he leaves that to the audiences’ views but he surely tackles the issue. A child abuser is an extremely strong accusation. It is our role to provide a safe place to our children. But I do not believe that covering up the issue the best way to sincerely educate our kids about it and handing that accusation to someone who just talk about it truthfully is a moral way to practice in this society.

My Sydney Now Finalist

Pink Ground Force

Pink Force – Pink Poodle and trash on the ground in the morning after at Sleaze Ball 2007.

Here comes the next great news for me from the small slide show at Australian Centre for Photography when this image is the finalist of My Sydney Now Competition. It does not get to the top three but gives the fantastic feeling to get recognised. Along with the winners and other finalist, it is exhibited at the Museum of Sydney until 27 April.

Mardi Gras: the Slide Show 2007 Retrospective

Trannie George Bush

George Bush impersonation at Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2007

It is my little dream comes true to have my works exhibited at Australian Centre for Photography even though it is just a part of the slide show of Mardi Gras: the Slide Show last year. Quote from the press release:

Last Mardi Gras season, a group of budding photographers drawn from Sydney College of the Arts and the Sydney Photobloggers group (who reside at flickr.com) were brought together by Robert McGrath of MG Photographic with the aim of capturing the originality and exuberance of Sydney’s Mardi Gras season.

Morgan Carpenter says that my photos have changed over the year. It is essential to explore retrospectively on your own works to see how it has shaped in a period of time. This small exhibition gives me a chance to look back at myself and I start having a flashback.

Late 2006 I suffered from a drawback feeling. Things went not too well on the year for all sorts of reasons. And I found that that my photography was stale, especially in the contents. So I decided to have a theme to focus on. The idea was to capture Sydney’s diversity through its community events and celebrations.

I was looking at Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras to kick off the concept. Fortunately, Mardi Gras: the Slide Show was looking for a handful of photographers via Sydney Photobloggers Group for the project. My Fair Day series impressed the producer, Robert McGrath and got me in.

Best of all, this art project gave the photographers their own space to express the creativities. The event pushed my limits technically and creatively as I tried to approach it different ways from what I saw Mardi Gras photographs and from my own comfort zone. The day after I was still exhausted mentally and physically. The award from the project was just an extra, the experience that I could share to the larger audience and got me this far was the real deal.

Damien Eames, Head of Brand and Creative Strategy at Mardi Gras says.

For the first time I feel we have a body of work that can convey the complex magic of Mardi Gras to those who’ve never experienced it directly.

The Slide Show is presented at Video Lounge, Australian Centre for Photography until 8 March.