Perth has a reputation of going on hiatus when winter hits. But who can blame us? After all, we are a people accustomed to autumn days of 30 degrees and 350 days of sunshine a year. So when that wet stuff starts to fall from the sky it’s understandable that we run for cover. However, July is no longer the dark days of winter with countless events taking place to get us out of the house.
One of which is the brilliant Anarchy, Rock and Ink exhibition being held at the wonderful Fremantle Arts Centre. The exhibition had its opening last night and despite the threat of gale force winds and torrential rain a large crowd was present.
In a sense this event is three separate exhibitions united by their choice of media. And the centre has expertly matched the unique style and feel of each with the rooms it has assigned to showcase them.
Anarchy (political posters from NYC group Black Cat from the 1970s and beyond) is located in one of the internal rooms, one door and no windows. The walls are covered with the subversive and poignant posters up to the upper reaches of the high ceilings. Given the current political climate in Australia, this exhibition is a wonderful lesson in how to intelligent challenge the status quo.
Rock encompasses the very striking and highly stylised promotional concert posters from design studio Beyond the Pale. The company has created posters for a wide range of artists, from The Rolling Stones to The Black Keys and The Foo Fighters. This part is housed in a large, airy and white walled room, and corridor, in which the framed posters are presented in a traditional gallery style.
Finally, Riley (the Cow) by Perth artist Rachel Salmon-Lomas represents the ‘Ink’ of the title. It is housed in one of the smaller internal rooms and lighting is cleverly used to showcase the black and white sketches.
The Anarchy, Rock and Ink exhibition runs from July 26th until September 15th and shouldn’t be missed.