Cross Projections 2007

October 25, 2007 at 2:32 am (Uncategorized)

If you’re in Sydney over the next few days, get along to the Cross Projections exhibition in Potts Point one night. We went to the opening last night to support Llew’s sister Felicity, who is one of the photographic artists being shown. It’ll cost you twenty bucks but it’s worth every cent, and although I am undoubtedly biased, I can still say with absolute confidence that it’s so, so, soooo much better than sitting at home watching some god awful TV show instead. So head to Tusculum House, 3 Manning St, Potts Pt. It’s just off Macleay St, and at least last night, the start time was 6:30 for 7 pm.

It’s not your average photographic exhibition. For a start, there’s a different guest speaker each evening briefly kicking off proceedings, but the defining difference is how you view the works. It’s basically done as a video stream, showcasing the photographic work of different artists with the help of the big screen and a great musical score. The theatre was full last night, and I hope they get the same numbers for the rest of the run because it’s great. Like most people, we took the wine and handmade chocolates they were selling into the theatre from the foyer, so we were able to focus on the photos rather than the pressing question of where our next drink was coming from. There was also an interval, because for the reasons just mentioned we all needed one pretty desperately about halfway through. And the anticipation steadily built throughout the break: what was up next? What was still in store for us?

Work from Flick’s Antarctic series kicked off the second half, and the images on the big screen were even more haunting, beautiful, and altogether surprising than I already knew them to be from her portfolio. It’s an incredible icescape, and much more varied than seems possible. Shadows in one photo made an iceberg on the horizon look exactly like Uluru (aka Ayers Rock). Patterns in the ice reveal fossil-like flakes you’d swear were fallen autumn leaves. The sheer scale – the absolute vastness – and form of some of the bergs takes your breath away. Yes, we were biased, but we weren’t the only ones offering thunderous applause at the end.

Flick’s selection isn’t the only one that moved me. Indeed, two artists in the first half managed to move me to tears with their photos (and no, it wasn’t the red wine). Michael Amendolia’s presentation in North Korean Blindness had me silently weeping into my ganache. Mayu Kanamori’s Bacio della Vita captures centenarians of the Italian island of Sardinia, set to their deep and laboured speech. John Ogden’s Australienation spans 3 decades and, like the two presentations I’ve just mentioned, succeeds in telling the story of our sameness, our basic and enduring humanity.

I could happily take you through each one, there wasn’t anything that failed to elicit a favourable response from me, but I think the point is that you should get along and see it yourself.

I have two gripes. One is that to the best of my knowledge Cross Projections is not a travelling exhibition. It should be. The other is that it ought to be possible, surely, to purchase the full presentation as a DVD. Indeed, I think Cross Projections is in its sixth or seventh year. I would certainly consider buying DVDs of the previous shows, and I think it would mean excellent potential exposure for all participating artists both here and overseas. DVDs are so wonderfully portable, after all, and they require far fewer overheads than attempting to book out a theatre space. It just can’t be that hard to work out a contract whereby the artists and musicians perhaps receive a percentage of the royalties. I don’t have the money or the space to buy all the work that captured my heart, but I’d definitely love to enjoy the exhibition time and time again. Imagine running it on a bare wall as the background to a dinner party – that would be just terrific. And you never know: maybe a dinner guest or two would develop a taste for something that money can buy.


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