The hugely successful ABC-TV series, The Choir of Hard Knocks, descended on the subway in June in full colour and for a special live public performance. The Choir were singing to mark the opening of Chris Beck's photographic exhibition showing until 6 July, featuring some of the performers as well as choir founder Jonathan Welch (pictured here with his conducting hand disappearing!). Thanks to Alison Kenter and her team from ABC-TV and especially to the Choir members for taking time out of their busy Melbourne Town Hall-Sydney Opera House sellout season to visit our humble underground. When we arranged this last year we had no idea it would be so big!
Thérése Derrick's solo painting show, Men We Love, was another bumper opening at Platform. Many of the celeb faces to appear in Thérése's portraits showed up in person on the night including: Danius Kesminas (pictured), Justin Koschitzke, Eddie Perfect, Dave Hughes, Jon Campbell and quite a few others who mingled into the crowd just nicely. The life-size portraits were painted on board in monotones using flat housepaints, creating a warm watercolour effect. As Thérése is currently travelling in Europe, but you can expect to see her at an upcoming Archibald soon... Read The Age article on Thérése: Portrait of the man as a love object.
In a return visit to Platform, Phoebe Kalaitzis has installed a new series of tape paintings in the Sample window. Framing the whole suite of works in black tape, Phoebe's latest series is stripped back in colour (red, black, silver and yellow) and they show her increasing control of medium. The works are also notable for their changing three dimensional qualities, something that Phoebe explored in her solo show at Platform back in February.
Blythe Toll's knitted mixed tapes have turned a few heads at Vitrine in the subway during June. Not content with simply throwing away her outdated video and audio cassettes, Blythe removed all the magnetic tape then, using old knitting patterns, reworked it into a set of family outfits. This image shows The Flash Dance, Dirty Dancing and E.T. Jumper. Blythe is the first artist at Platform to literally wear their entire 1980s video collection! Read the Craft Culture article about Blythe's Endless Scarf.