Sydney’s contemporary art scene keeps on evolving – with a new contemporary photographic gallery, Black Eye opening in Darlinghurst and the Sydney exhibition and street work of the global contemporary artist Vhils.
Black Eye, a contemporary photography gallery has just opened at 138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst (between the Film Club and Jewish Museum). Black Eye’s first exhibition is Facade by photographer Tom Evangelidis whose gallery this is. Evangelidis looks at the details that give our modern urban landscape its character and richness. Facade delivers an eclectic mix of different architectural eras – gothic churches from the 13 th century to the unique austeriry of the communism of the 20th century. Evangelidis takes us from Prague to Bucharest – to Hanoi, Sofia, Istanbul and on to St Petersburg. His images are large (12o cm x 150 cm) and shot using traditional methods and only one sheet of film per location.
Down at the Rocks is the Sydney popup exhibition – Dissolve by Portguese born artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils. Vhils has been in Sydney creating the works in this exhibition – as well as crafting one of his works in a Sydney public space. Vhils’ practice is based in street art and he takes materials from the urban landscape to create often large scale works on buildings. He’s created a work on the steps that lead up from the foot of Globe St to Harrington St in The Rocks. It’s a huge portrait of Sydney environmental activist, Jack Mundey whose leadership led to the preservation of Victoria St, Potts Point and other inner city areas.
It’s exciting to see the continued evolution of Sydney contemporary art and how it’s becoming more global. Vhils’ visit and exhibition should encourage more contemporary European artists to exhibit here. The Vhils exhibition through Skalizters Gallery in Berlin is on in the space of the old Gucci store at 140 George St until 6 April. Sydneycool was excited to see Skalizters Gallery here in Sydney – we’re on our way to see their gallery in Berlin in a few weeks so the connection was a good surprise for us.