Well here I am...Thats my BFF Lou McDonald and Alex Wisser in the photo and now my exhibition is on the walls, the people are invited and all I should have to do now is simply wait for opening night... Life as an artist would appear to be proceeding at a leisurely pace if anyone took a superficial glance... But how wrong that would be!
After conferring with INDEX Gallery curator, fab photographer and all round nice guy Alex (The Wizkid) Wisser we decided in the best interests of the show to ditch five of the images and rehang the gallery yesterday!
The stress levels started creeping up a little as we struggled to remeasure for hanging and move unframed prints that are 110cms wide...But the cull was necessary...
In the face of legendary Magnum photographer, mentor to thousands and personal friend David Alan Harvey arriving to see my work on Tuesday I feel that the edit is one of extreme importance... One of David mantra's is to snip and tuck to strengthen the meaning behind the work..
'At the End of The Day' doesn't have a lineal narrative. It is an exploration of people within the landscape and I have tried to push the imagery compositionally to create new ways of seeing. When I studied as a painter at COFA in Sydney I was obsessed with attempting to fit the landscape into two planes on one surface. Its a struggle I again undertake in this exhibition.
How successful my efforts will be in achieving that will be judged by the public in a little less than 30 hours and it is a daunting prospect. Every solo exhibition I have ever had always makes me feel like I am walking into a room full of people naked.
And since a lot of people are travelling a long way to come and see the exhibition I hope they will be able to appreciate what I am trying to tell them in my work.
Simply cut and paste this address into your browser...http://www.ustream.tv/channel/pjhogerstv
Uncle Max (Budjadi man and reknown and respected Aboriginal Elder) will conduct a symbolic smoking ceremony of the gallery at about 6.30pm Sydney Australia time and will be accompanied by Alfred Coolwell on yidaki (didgeridoo) Julie Sundberg will officially open the show directly after that and there will be special surprise performance by two young Australian musicians...
So its a bit of an all singing all dancing event... So for all of you that can't make it in person the broadcast times for the different time zones will be
Los Angeles Tuesday 8th 1.30am, New York Tuesday 8th 4.30am, Rio de Janeiro 5.30am London Tuesday 8th 9.30am Johannesburg Tuesday 8th 10.30am Paris Tuesday 8th 10.30am Moscow Tuesday 8th 12.30pm Beijing Tuesday 8th 4.30pm Japan Tuesday 8th 5.30pm Auckland Tuesday 8th 8.30pm
So if you are in Sydney for Headon Photo Festival please drop by the gallery at 60 Hutchinson Street St Peters or click on to PJHoggersTV...
I would love to see you!