BCTION

I heard about this through an article posted on Facebook. Some group of visual artists got together to create a bunch of installation works in an office building that is scheduled for demolition. They basically got a permission to use the entire building, 9-floors of it, and over 50 artists spread their wings in there to create something pretty funky.

BCTION is a word created to mean something that comes after Action, after A comes B, hence Bction… Action x Action leads to BCTION. Their desire is to draw attention to the ‘dead space’ in the urban environment, with spin-off works spawning up across the globe, such that those abandoned buildings often seen in SE Asia, for example, may see the light of day, while inspiring people to feel more, think differently.

Bicton - Sep 2014 Koujimachi

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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

Art events aplenty!

There are some interesting art events coming up, that I thought I’d share with you. If you know of other events, exhibitions you recommend or are interested in, please share!

‘WILDCARDS’ – exhibition of Australian photographs selected (but not photographed) by Bill Henson
Monash Gallery of Art
Opening Sat 8 Feb (that’s tomorrow!)
http://www.mga.org.au/

White Night Melbourne
A street art party of music, art, dance and food, taking over blocks of Melbourne streets till the sun comes up!
Fri 22 Feb 7pm to Sat 23 Feb 7am
http://whitenightmelbourne.com.au/

See my photos from White Night Melbourne 2013
https://ytphoto.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/white-night-melbourne-2013/

The Knowles Gallery – Official Launch Exhibition
The talented artist Tony Stephens is involved in the launch of this cool art space in Prahran. Come join the party!!
Fri 28 Feb 7pm-
facebook.com/theknowlesgallery

Lots on this week in Melbourne

Sorry for not updating the blog for a while. I’ve been busy doing this and that… As you would know if you are following my Facebook Page, there have been regular shoots going on, at the markets, on the street and sunset and sunrise as always. But just haven’t had time to properly publish them here, on my blog.

Now, before bringing you up to speed with what’s been happening in my photography world, I’d like to share with you what will be happening, in Melbourne, this week. I will be checking out some of them where I can, and others I recommend that you do. So here it goes…

1. Chinese New Year at NGV – Water Painting Art Performance by Bee

When: Wednesday 13 February 2013: 10am – 2pm
Where: National Gallery of Victoria International (St Kilda Road)

Chinese New Year Performance at NGV by Bee

In place for HungWei the ‘Splash Baron’ who is unfortunately unavailable for the event, her friend Bee, who collaborated with HungWei on water painting work at various occasions, will be performing the water painting on the fore court of NGV International on St Kilda Road. This is the final of 3-day performance, so don’t miss it!

For more info:
Splash Baron: https://www.facebook.com/SplashBaron
Flying Bee’s Love Art Travel: https://www.facebook.com/loveartravel
Photos in my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.605284716154193.157041.175366942479308

 

2. Blenders Ln Artists Market

When: Wednesday nights 5pm – 10pm (only 3 more weeks to go!)
Where: 110 Franklin Street, Melbourne

Blender Ln Artists Market

Taking place on beautiful summer evenings, just around the corner from the night market at Queen Victoria Market is this laneway filled with artistic inspirations. Artists bring their craft and some produce their magic before your eyes. Live music moves you, all-naturale ginger ale cools you down and you may come home with bag full of one-and-only hand-made goodies!

Everyone kindly gives me permission to photograph their works, so I do have quite a few photos on my Facebook page. I might wrap them up and publish in this blog again, too. I’ll be back on your final night of the season in 2 weeks’ time. Looking forward to photographing your best works and your party dress. We’ll say good bye to summer in style, before going back to our workshop to start the creative process again!

Blenders Ln Artists Market: https://www.facebook.com/Blendermarket
Photos in my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.556161997733132.149822.175366942479308

 

3. Sidney Myer Free Concerts with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

When: Wednesday/Saturday 4pm open for 7pm start – wed 13, sat 16, wed 20, sat 22 February
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Sidney Myer Free Concerts

Melbourne as Arts Capital of the region at its best – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra puts on free public concerts, not just one, but FOUR CONCERTS, in the park. You can bring in your picnic blanket, wine, cheese, tomato and olive and chill out lying on the green stuff up the hill, or sit in the best front-row seat in the house and enjoy the acoustic of the natural sound of orchestra. Doors open early, so make your way and secure your spot.

Be careful – no breakable glassware allowed, so you cannot bring those nice wine glasses.
Plastic ones, please.

Ah… it sort of happens on the same evening at Blenders Ln…

For more info, check out the MSO website: http://www.mso.com.au/whats-on/2013/sidney-myer-free-concerts/

 

4. PEACE Exhibition: Opening Talk at Monash Gallery of Art

When: Saturday 16 February 2013: 2pm
Where: Monash Gallery of Art (860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill)

‘Degree South’ the Australian photographer co-op, or group of documentary photographers, will be presenting their works from assignments around the world, focusing on ‘what peace looks like’. Michael Coyne and Ben Bohane will take the podium to talk about their works. I’ve seen their works in some exhibitions and in their first book ‘WAR’ that I have in my bookshelf.

People who face the disasters have a sense of appreciation for peace, order, safety and health. Many documentary photographers in the past captured the world of love and peace, including the well known war photographer Robert Capa, whose best photography, in my personal preference, is among those when he pointed at children, ladies and family away from the bullets and bombs.

If you would like to tag along for this, please let me know. MGA is not the easiest gallery to reach if you are based near the city like me. I’ll be driving up for the talk, and come back in time for the concert at Sidney Myer Bowl in the evening.

For more details, check out MGA’s website: http://www.mga.org.au/exhibition/view/exhibition/117

Luminous Cities

NGV is hosting another interesting looking free exhibition of historical photographs. This time it is collected from NGV’s collection of photographic printed works with themes around city. It is looking pretty interesting, seeing some of the clips they sent out in their email and on their event page.

(image borrowed from NGV newsletter)
(image borrowed from NGV website)
(image borrowed from NGV website)

If you are a NGV member, or if you have a friend who is a member (hint hint!), there is a member-exclusive (can accompany guest) preview on the day before the official opening. I’ve visited other exhibitions on such occasion, and I tell you, it is the best. It is so quiet, and you get to stare at each work for as long as you want until you are satisfied, without anyone pushing past you. Generally at those free exhibitions only people who are really interested in the works are around, but still it is so much better on the member-only day.

The exhibition will be running until next year, but make your way there when you have a chance. I’m sure you’ll want to go back for more, just to take in your favourite piece again and again…

Luminous Cities

NGV International (St Kilda Road), 3rd level Photography room

Member Preview
2-5pm, Thursday 21 October 2010

Exhibition from 22 October 2010 to 13 March 2011

Free admission

Bill Bachman

I had a pleasure of having a well-established Melbourne-based photographer among the crowd for my current project’s work-in-progress group critique last night. Bill Bachman has been shooting around Australia for over the last quarter of century, and he is one of the photographers who contributed to Australian Geographic from its beginning until today as the quarterly journal reached its 100th issue.

Just flipping through the stock image library of his works, I can appreciate a particular style. He seems to heavily utilise wide and telephoto, but not so much of ‘undecided’ focal distance like 35mm and 50mm. Or, maybe it is just that more dynamic images sell better in Stockphoto? I’ll have to ask him next time.

He was all nice and generally only made positive comments all evening, but still, it is encouraging to hear him comment on my images as ‘artistic’ and ‘ready for exhibition’. During the week I stopped by at a library and asking about the public display space. It ain’t cheap. But I have been thinking about sharing my street photography works with people in Melbourne. Maybe in the near future…

I’ll post some of more recent works from the project in this blog later on. It is really coming to the stage where I need to wrap up the shooting phase, and move onto selecting and sequencing them so that they form an integrated series, rather than a collection of good photos.

 

In the mean time, check out the 25 years of Australian Geographic photography. As always, the photographs are best appreciated in prints. The images on screen is just not the same. The collection of those great images, that I had a chance to browse through last night, will hit the bookshop near you, or keep your eyes on Australian Geographic website.