My favourite things
Now in its seventh year, My favourite things returns with another outstanding line-up of Australia’s finest photographic artists.
Listen to these artists discuss their work practices, exploring the various elements of the photographic medium in a fascinating and personal way.
The photographers will talk about their photographic experience, artistic inspiration and their technical expertise by looking at their favourite images that have influenced them (which might be from literature, music and other mediums, as well as the visual arts)
After the talk, join the artist for drinks and further discussion. Places are limited, so early booking is recommended.
7.30pm drinks and discussion
Image: Petrina Hicks, Lambswool 2008 (detail), lightjet print, 120 × 120 cm, edition of 8
Wednesdays 15 & 29 August, 12 & 26 September 2012, 6.30pm
$145 non-members subscription
$100 Art Gallery Society & ACP members subscription
$40 non-members single session
$30 Art Gallery Society & ACP members single session
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878
Link above is for subscription bookings
Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. With subscription tickets there are no refunds for single sessions, unless a session is cancelled. Not negotiable.
Duration 2 hours
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Petrina Hicks’ photographs are as beautiful as they are unsettling. In the work Lambswool, a wolf gently bites the soft, woollen cardigan of a young girl, her face turned away from the viewer to reveal her smooth, blonde hair. Is this a modern day interpretation of Red Riding Hood? Is this wolf friend or foe? No matter what the meaning, the soft hues and dream-like calmness of the image, a repeated characteristic in Hicks’ work, draw the viewer into its world of ambiguous fantasy.
Wednesday 15 August 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Jacky Redgate was born in England and moved to Australia at a young age, where she established her career as an artist. Her exhibition, Jacky Redgate: the logic of vision, currently on at the Art Gallery of NSW, exemplifies her diverse photographic styles. Naar het Schilder-Boeck is a series of symbolic images in black and white, inspired by a book published in the Netherlands in 1604, which described metaphors used by artists in their paintings. Another series, Light throw (mirrors), depicts colourful plastic objects removed from their everyday context and represented as blurred and semi-abstract shapes. Light throw (mirrors) #4 from this series won Redgate the prestigious William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize in 2011.
Wednesday 29 August 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Merilyn Fairskye’s photographs capture familiar subjects: people walking with purpose through city streets, landscapes and ocean scenes, and close-up portraits of people with their eyes closed. Each series has its own distinct style, from the frenetic, blurred urban scenes to the colour saturated space-filled tranquility of ocean and landscapes. In 2011 Fairskye travelled to Chernobyl to document the city 25 years after the nuclear disaster. The resulting images of the everyday, such as ferris wheels, parks and factories, become clouded with nostalgia and melancholy when we realise these seemingly liveable areas are sites of abandonment and contamination to this day.
Wednesday 12 September 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Voted by Australian Art Collector as one of the fifty most collectible artists for three years running, Darren Sylvester creates work that is multidisciplinary and engaging. Many of his photographic images have a distinct film-like quality, depicting carefully composed scenes with central characters performing their role in an implied plot. The images are intriguing and beautifully crafted, their meaning hinted at in the title, such as Frightened of Something Happening, Frightened of Nothing Happening 2007, in which two men sit in a forest clearing, wrapped in survival blankets. Are these men lost, in hiding or in danger? How and why have they arrived at this point?
Wednesday 26 September 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm