GERARD O'CONNOR AND MARC WASIAK

New Photographs

red gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new photographic works by Melbourne-based collaborators Gerard O'Connor and Marc Wasiak. Informed by the artists' shared background in design, fashion and advertising, the exhibition combines the grandeur of history painting with the glamour of contemporary staged or constructed photography.

Art Exhibition previously on at red gallery in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 09 September 2009 to Saturday 26 September 2009
Launch Wednesday 09 September 2009, 6-8pm

Bordello image

Published by Amelia on Saturday 22 August 2009.
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The majority of these large-scale colour images are captured as intricately choreographed scenes on location and in the studio, with some shoots involving up to thirty different characters. An intense amount of pre-production work is required. The images are then retouched to create a series of tableaux vivants – some based on drawings by Robert Crumb; others inspired by Hogarth’s paintings of everyday, lower-class people in social situations.

In the gallery, a decadent bordello interior is presented alongside a scene of piratical tyranny. Nearby, the character of ‘Rocket Girl’ is pictured standing naked in a field, a projectile missile strapped firmly to her back. Notions of theatricality and the cinematic provide critical entry points into the exhibition as a whole.

Gerard and Marc have been working together for nearly ten years, predominantly in the fashion industry, while also collaborating on their independent photographic art projects. Drawing upon Marc’s expertise as a stylist and Gerard’s photographic experience, their working methods involve all aspects of image design, including casting, costume, set-design, direction and lighting. This is the first public exhibition of their collaborative works.

Opening Wednesday September 9, 2009, 6-8pm

For further information, please contact red gallery
157 St Georges Rd Fitzory North VIC 3068
mail@redgallery.com.au
+61 3 94823550
www.redgallery.com.au

Location

157 St Georges Rd Fitzroy North

Melways Ref: 30B12 (there is car parking available in nearby streets)

Trams 11 and 112 (tram stop 21 just north of Edinburgh Gardens)

Bus 504 (Reid Street)