Up nice and early this morning, with not so favourable weather for the install of my work for the Newtown ArtSeat, a contemporary public art space at Newtown Hub outside the Neighbourhood community centre. The concept behind the work Nocturnal Vibrations highlights the character and vibe of Newtown, the night time culture and beautiful architecture of the historical buildings of King St. I adore living in Newtown and would visit regularly before becoming a local, there is only one thing I miss and that’s looking up and seeing a sky full of stars. Through Nocturnal Vibrations I wanted to bring the stars back into the city, by creating my own adaptation of King St combined with a photograph I recently took of the Milkyway in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park NT, to reveal a magical sky to match the character and personality that is Newtown.
Newtown ArtSeat ‘Nocturnal Vibrations’ is on until 30 November 2016.
A collection of photographs and moving images which transgress the fluidity of dreaming to abstractions of moments in time. Noctuary draws on the transformation that takes place with the fall of night. Images of abandoned urban locations and shadowy scenes correlate with our emotional selves, mirroring feelings of isolation, emptiness and sorrow through absence and stillness.
Hopley’s work explores the often-disconnected relationship between nature, the urban landscape and the human condition. She photographs old, historic, abandoned and forgotten locations, documenting the strange transformation of places that in the day appear common and familiar. While her work is often absent of a person or figure, there is an emotional human undertone as she tries to convey the deep emotional state of nostalgia and the profound melancholy associated with longing for someone, or something.
The outdoor projected exhibition will run from 5.30pm – 10pm
10 – 16 June
Off The Wall Gallery
St Peters Triangle Sydney, Australia 2044
I’ve only been back a bit over a week now, and I still haven’t gotten over the incredible time I had in The Red Centre. My trip started with the Artists Preview of the Alice Prize, the official exhibition opening, a lovely artists dinner at The Star of Alice, and a series of talks by invited artists.
After which I went on to explore the West MacDonnell Ranges, Kings Canyon, Uluru & Kata Tjuta, solo in a four-wheel drive. While I was at Uluru I was fortunate enough to be among the first few groups of people to visit the breath-taking installation Field of Light by Bruce Munro. If you get the chance to visit I highly recommend heading out to see the installation.
Thank you to everyone at the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs for your wonderful hospitality during all of the events. It was a pleasure to have been selected as a finalist in such a remarkable exhibition and to have the opportunity to discuss my work and practice to such a large group of people.
I am excited to announce that I have been selected as a Finalist for The Alice Price in Alice Springs, with my work Witching Hour. The 39th Alice Prize exhibition opens Friday 15 April and ends Monday 13 June 2016 at the Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
This weekend is MOST16, part of Sydney Art Month. Which is a fantastic opportunity to meet some incredible artists and their work. I will be showing work at the Dickson Street Space, Newtown, come down and see me, and spend your weekend exploring over fifty studios, galleries and ARI’s within Marrickville and surrounding suburbs.
Please join me on the 21st November at 2pm at Gosford Regional Gallery.
I have been asked by the Directors of the Gallery to present an artists talk. I will be discussing my practice, inspirations and giving some insight into my work including my piece ‘Witching Hour’ which received a commended award and is currently on display as part of the Gosford Art Prize.
Saturday 5 September 3-5pm
5 – 27 September
This exhibition will seek to celebrate the artistic practices of Australia’s emerging and established contemporary artists alongside their international contemporaries in order to highlight the universal theme of connection or disconnection to place. The main focus of the exhibition will deal with the cultural and historical relationships forged within the aesthetic experiences of these artists.
Had a fantastic opening night for my first solo exhibition, thank you to everyone who made it along and to those who purchased works. A big thank you to my friend, Jasmine for taking some photos of the opening to Blake for setting up this time lapse of the evening.
Exhibition is on at Chrissie Cotter Gallery until the 23rd
Join us for opening drinks for Rhiannon Hopley’s first solo exhibition ‘Discovering Locations’
A Series of photographs : The Lost and Forgotten Locations of Sydney and surrounds.
12 AUGUST 6 – 8PM
12 – 23 AUGUST
“Exploring the often-disconnected relationship between nature, the urban landscape and the human condition.
Hopley photographs abandoned and forgotten urban sites, documenting the effects of nature and the elements on these places over time. While her work is often absent of a person or figure, there is an emotional human undertone as she tries to convey the deep emotional state of nostalgia and the profound melancholy associated with longing for someone, or something. The locations and shadowy scenes correlate with our emotional selves, mirroring feelings of isolation, emptiness and sorrow through absence and stillness.
Drawing on humanity’s fascination and obsession with apocalyptic theory and mythology, Hopley captures these abandoned urban sites as poetic symbols of a hypothetical post-apocalyptic wasteland. All that remains in these worlds is a vague trace of human existence and a picturesque melancholia that stays with the viewer long after leaving the gallery.”
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