Opening Event a Grand Success

August 14, 2012

All four artists were there, a string trio played the night away, the art glowed in its magnificence and the room filled with people, soaking the evening up.

Hotham Street Contemporary's inaugural exhibition 'Observation to Inspiration' opened last Thursday night and the reception was outstanding. Featuring the work of leading contemporary artists Kate Elsey, Caroline Christie, Phil Elson and Xiaoping Zhou, the exhibition had all that attended in awe of the creativity, diversity and mastery of their work.

According to curator Liam Ferguson, Director of Hotham Street Contemporary the Smart Artz Gallery space, which is housing this pop-up event, is a warm open space ideal for the earthy palettes which run through all the artists works. During his welcoming speech to the large gathering of art lovers, Ferguson asked each artist their thoughts behind their processes and subject matter. As each artist spoke of their inspirations it was clear all were hanging on each word, enjoying this rare moment to get an insight into the motivation behind the art.

Along with the words from the artists there were also audiovisual displays that featured videos on the artists' processes. This included 'Ochre and Ink' an award-winning documentary on the life of Xiaoping Zhou, 'Life Museum' a video showing the creation of the Kate Elsey's showstopper and 'Phil Elson - Pottery' which showed the transformation of a lump of porcelain clay into a beautiful, delicate bowl. Also on show was 'Processing Paint' a book detailing the life and work of Caroline Christie.

Observation to Inspiration is open every day 11am-5pm until Sunday August 19 at Smart Artz Gallery, 2 Alfred Place, South Melbourne. For enquiries contact Liam Ferguson 0413 750 303.

Hotham Street Contemporary is also hosting a Late Night Showing on Friday night August 17 from 5pm until 9pm. Come along for a glass of wine or champagne and enjoy the art!