The Knowles Gallery: officail launch exhibition

Tony Stephens, a very talented artist I’d known from art markets, has extended an invite to the launch exhibition of a new gallery that was opening up in Prahran. He’d told me that this gallery utilises a large space and there is a dance group next door that can be collaborated into the installation… curious.

Rather than boring you with my talk, scroll on, and see how the night played out. There were exhibitions by a dozen or so artists on the wall, and then there was the dance group, from The Space: Dance & Arts Centre (in which The Knowles Gallery is hosted), plus Hernán Lopera did a live installation production.

If you are following my Facebook page, you would’ve seen MOST of the images. I think I added one or two back in here from the photos I’d taken (but not selected for posting to Facebook at the time…)

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

Live installation production by Hernán Lopera:

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
There was a black sheet and a white sheet, formed in a shape of lying persons. It looked like somebody was sleeping underneath, and she (looked pretty skinny so I’d assumed she) would just stretch out and get up, out of the sheets. Then this took place in front of us…

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

And here he is, Hernán Lopera. Love your work, Hernán!

Some poetry on artists and the gallery were presented:

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
Everyone focuses on one of Tony’s pieces, to which one of the poems was regarding.

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
In another poem, she took us to our utopia, the ideal place of our creative inspirations…

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
Tony thanks everyone for their work and participation…

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
Adam & Deb – two people behind this great space and dance installations.

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
Tony and Miranda of McDrawn (whose beautiful new works were on display but unfortunately not available for safe this evening due to requirements to exhibit in other exhibitions) – two people I’d had a chance to admire the work of at Blenders Lane night market last summer. You might remember some of my photos capturing them at work.

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

Please, spread the word about this great gallery space. That, is not what Tony’s girl wanted to keep ‘secret’ down the corridor…
The Knowles Gallery / The Space: Dance & Art Centre

 

Upstairs, 318 Chapel St (enter via Carlton St)
Prahran, Victoria, Australia 3181

http://www.thespace.com.au/theknowles-gallery

Friday night

in the city
I was on the street in Melbourne CBD on Friday evening. There was that particular buzz about, people moving into city to catch up with friends, watch sports at stadium, and smell of alcohol and tobacco in the air. It is weekend.
tunnel
In the station after the peak hour is over, the tunnel is deserted aside from odd individuals hurrying their way to another platform.

departing train

People ran past me towards the train that was scheduled to depart 3 minutes ago. But by the time they get to the door, the train had started moving already.

Chapel Street

I meet up with friend and we walk on Chapel Street. At this early hour of evening, it is pretty quiet. I’m sure it would look very different in 3-4 hours. It is not quite my kind of place any way…

infusion

We sat down for a dinner and I order a pot of tea to go with it. The flavour of jasmine tea fills the air.

F at Greco

We are at Cafe Greco in South Yarra for after-dinner desert and coffee. The lighting and deco here is great. If they allow it, this is actually a great place for portraiture… One of the poster looks a little like him, or does it not?

untitled

There was a tension in this space as the waiter set down our cutleries.

at cafe

My ‘weak’ long black is actually not so bad. That’s just what I needed after the saucy Indonesian sweet & sour. It is interesting to see the street on Friday night for once.

From Day to Night

Some days I go out onto the street without a single expectation. Camera ready at hand, I walk. But some of those days, I come home without a single shot made. On this Friday walk without expectation, I felt something. This could be a beginning of something new. Or it could be just a faint flirtation that just goes as quickly as I found it…

5:46pm Flinders Street. The large cloud dominates the sky, reflecting the setting sun that I cannot see. The city's evening is dark.

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