To coincide with his current exhibition Heads, Matthew Hopkins is performing with musical collaborator Jonathan Hochman on April 2 at Gallery 9, Sydney. Their synthesizer drenched industrial sound-scapes will serve as an accompaniment to Hopkins’ new video/sound piece Hypnagogic Reconstruction #1 HEAD. The artist’s still (above) made Leg of Lamb think of DWARR’s ‘Screams of Terror’ video. Freaky.
Rock Solid at Pieces of Eight, Melbourne, features jewellery created by 11 established visual artists. Jeweller, writer and Rock Solid curator Meredith Turnbull invited participants to create sculptural works on a scale small enough to be worn on the body, and the results are diverse.
Christopher L G Hill shrinks multicoloured plastic bags into bangles, Anna Ephraim continues her exploration into natural history with a series of parrots fashioned out of porcelain and Madeleine Kidd presents wonderfully tactile baubles upon geometric components that reflect her abstracted, candy coloured paintings. Uninhibited by the conventions of traditional jewellery making, the artists’ experimental (though not always entirely successful) work conveys a real freedom of expression.
Rock Solid, Pieces of Eight, 28 Russell Place, Melbourne, until May 7th
A new film about fashion photographer Guy Bourdin (who died in 1991) has been released. Made by one of the photographer’s old assistants, Sean Brandt, the documentary features interviews with Mick Jagger, Bryan Ferry and David Bowie as well as film footage of Bourdin and his shoots supplied by his son Samuel.
In the film, Brandt tries to dispel allegations of cruelty pitched against Bourdin, who was accused of being unpleasant to the models he worked with. Certainly the photographer’s vision was uncompromising. He would only work with people under certain star signs, tried to dye the sea blue for a photo shoot and once turned up to the French Vogue offices on a camel. Interestingly, Bourdin never published a monograph of his work during his lifetime, so the film’s a good opportunity to view his incredibly powerful, sexy (and in some cases, never-seen-before) images.
Bill Henson, Tolarno Galleries, Level 4, 104 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. Exhibition dates: 31 March – 21 April, 2011.
Australian painter Angela Brennan (who shows with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Niagra Galleries, Melbourne) has joined the stable at Orexart, Auckland. To whom Achilles, swiftest of the swift, replied will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in New Zealand, and opens at Orexart’s Khartoum Place gallery on April 12.