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Why don't we paint the town? - Doug Bartlett

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Under the pseudonym ‘Doug Bartlett’, good mates Nick Morris and Dave Bowers roll up their garage doors and “let rip” on canvas.  The results are more jazz fusion than pop art.  The works are textured like sand in boots, loud like dogs barking and chaotic like waves breaking. For Morris and Bowers, Doug Bartlett is an “energy”.  They describe a visceral process where no law rules.  Each man throws himself against the canvas, feverishly painting and pasting under the rule - either can override the other.  The result is dense and incidental - like a cityscape, canvases glean layers of...

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Charles Blackman's Wonderland

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Since 1956 Charles Blackman and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland have shared a kindred bond.  This year marks Alice’s 150th birthday.  In celebration, the collection Charles Blackman's Wonderland casts an eye back at the unlikely pairing of Alice and Blackman.  Child heroine and larrikin meet in works which see Alice become not just a literary figure, but also an icon of Australian art.   Blackman first encountered Alice in Wonderland on audiotape.  At the time his wife Barbara was losing her sight.  The couple would spend evenings listening to books.  In these hours Alice took form in Blackman’s mind.  He responded...

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A GARDEN OF DARK AND UNSETTLING DELIGHTS

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Review by Robert Nelson The Age, Wednesday 13 May 2015The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 14 May 2015 Looking at the photography of Fabrice Bigot, it seems uncanny that the word "stalk" is both a noun that means twiggy stem of a plant and also a verb, to follow someone with unhealthy voyeurism. In his exhibition at Walker Street Gallery called Naked Garden, Bigot steals up on plants in his neighbourhood. He is on the prowl in the gloom of night, prying to monumentalise the almost indecent botanical growth of exotic specimens. Bigot's photographs are dark but never dull. There are...

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Interview with Fabrice Bigot

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Born in France, Fabrice Bigot is a photographer who lives and works in Melbourne.  His latest collection, 'Naked Garden' can be viewed here at ATFA.  This is an interview with Bigot about the collection, art and the secret lives of plants.    What is about suburbia/gardens at night that intrigues you?  Do you find suburbia eerie at night?I am not really interested in suburbia actually.  The concept of suburbia is a very Australian thing and I am from Europe.  Instead, my fascination goes to large urban sites - Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Los Angeles, etc... I love the contrast...

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Fabrice Bigot - Naked Garden

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At night, in the midst of suburbia Fabrice Bigot discovers his subject matter.  He shoots flowers, lit just by streetlamps like breathing organisms.  The results are more alien than familiar, more sensuous than pretty.  In the embrace of night, Bigot’s botanicals are stripped of colour and left to their essential form.      Flowers - long since an aesthetic delight are given new emphasise under Bigot’s eye.  He stalks his subject matter, provoking a darkness that is both unsettling and alluring.  His flowers gently lap from centre frame, enshrouded by a veil of black.  They sink from light to dark,...

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