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Liquid Lights / Catherine Hourihan

Alex Evans / Catherine Hourihan
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Entry Fee: Free, donations welcome
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Official Opening 16/05/2015 7:00 pm
Artist Talk 02/05/2015 5:00 am

Liquid Lights by Alex Evans
Having been born in the middle of England in 1984, the lakes and oceans have neither been something immediately accessible, nor immediately enticing to experience up close and personal. Despite this, throughout my childhood the water has always been important to me, initially as an opportunity for fun and adventure when holidaying in the Mediterranean with my family, but progressively as an opportunity to stay fit and to relax whilst swimming or simply sitting at the water’s edge.

The sense of adventure has only become stronger. I am a keen swimmer, diver, and slightly-better-than-beginner-surfer, and relish the opportunity to get out there whenever possible. Something which has come hand-in-hand with the water is my love for animals and the natural world.

With my move to Australia in 2013 and the discovery of photography, I’m outside whenever work can’t keep me inside, looking for shots of oceans and lakes, in addition to wildlife such as sharks or turtles: all of which capture a special moment for me, and hopefully resonate with others.

It is the relaxing and calming effect of the water that I’ve looked to capture in these photos, utilising natural or artificial light playing across its surface to expose those moments which are either too fleeting to appreciate by the naked eye, or span a length of time that the eye simply cannot appreciate as a single snapshot in time. www.alevans.com.au

Catherine Hourihan
Catherine Hourihan’s photography draws on her extensive experience as a dancer, choreographer and burlesque performer in New York and Sydney. Her photography is a continuation of an exploration of theatrical elements such as costume, make up, lighting and the performative quality of the sitter.

Hourihan’s photographic works are primarily portraits of burlesque and cabaret performers from Sydney and New York. The images are photographed in styles that reference pop art, advertising, comic strips and classical portraiture, many have an ironic aspect.

She makes her subjects up and often designs their costumes, transforming her subjects into mythical, archetypal characters, mermaids, angels, dolls, ghosts etc. Hourihan places her subjects in unlikely urban settings such as the NYC subway, a pile of garbage, a back alley or the entrance to a Kings X strip club, all the pictures are taken on location. These juxtapositions create a pictorial space between fantasy and reality, the result is a series of fantastical portraits. The portraits capture the essence of each subject, but are also contemplations on the parameters placed on cultural perceptions of “real” and “unreal” and how these perceptions affect social values and priorities.

This event has concluded
Dates:
Hours:
Entry Fee: Free, donations welcome
Exhibition Event:
Official Opening 16/05/2015 7:00 pm
Artist Talk 02/05/2015 5:00 am
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