These photos are a tad delayed, but what the hell, better late than never right?! After Glebe Markets last Saturday, my friend and I decided to check out the Ben Frost and James Jirat exhibition down at Redfern's Boutwell Draper Gallery. Being exposed to Ben Frost's infamous pop-culture mash-up style during university and having him as our Guest Speaker at our graduation exhibition, it was nice to finally see a full collection of his work up close and in the flesh. With all the bright primary colours and recognisable characters of both the comic and animation world, I couldn't help but to laugh, giggle, smirk and sometimes pause for while and go back to my graduating exhibition where Frost's opening speech was about lawn mowers and cats.
After spotting the main featured piece "Killer Love" (artwork above) had been "SOLD" indicated with the sign of a red dot, I wondered how much that person paid to get their very own heavily layered slice of Ben Frost. Will they showcase it in their foyer greeting their guests with a boom of bright colours, or hang it above their Barcelona couch in their newly renovated warehouse style apartment. Hrrmm??... I think the later.
I paused longer than normal when viewing this piece above. Talk about 'pussy'?! How charming! :O
Titled: "She never cared much for heavy Metal"... haha!
And here are some snaps of the amazing detailed handywork of
James Jirat Patradoon.
With scenes that look they have been derived from a SinCity tale, his villain subjects and masked bandits are executed brilliantly and frozen in climatic situations through his use of graphite on canvas. The decision to reject colour was beneficial as his works continued to grow more visually complex. Seeing the detail in his work blew my mind, you could then really realise the amount of hours dedicated towards each piece AND the annoyance of having to wash your silvery, graphite hands after a 2 hour session of continual drawing and sketching! I always hated then when using graphite or even worse charcoal back in art class. Arrhh!
My personal favourite of Jirat is his "Die and Begotten" piece above. The studded leather jacket screams Michael Jackson's Thriller!
It was pleasant way to end off the day - Nothing beats visiting the markets, shopping, thrifting and then feasting your eyes on some visual arty goodness!
For more upcoming exhibitions and info on the Boutwell Draper Gallery, click here.
On a different note, today we celebrated my dad's 54th birthday with a BBQ lunch and yummy fish! I can see there just might be some left overs for tomorrow! haha
Hope you are all having a relaxing weekend! The sun has been out and it's starting to look more like spring! F I N A L L Y!
x Your Only Blackswan