CONNECTIONS BLOG

CONNECTIONS
Affinity. Closeness. Longing for connection. These shared experiences are what elevate our lives beyond mere existence. Good or bad, they are the muse for poetry, the rhythm of music, and the ‘heart’ in our heart. This body of work is about exploring just that: our humanity seen through how we connect with something outside ourselves. That moment when we bare our souls and open our hearts.

Thank you

exhibition2 Thank you to everyone who attended the opening of Longing at the ARTHouse Hotel. It was a fantastic night and it meant a lot to me to see your supportive and smiling faces.  Apologies if I didn't get to speak to you! And a big thank you to HeadOn and the efforts of The ARTHouse Hotel.

The exhibition is up in the Gallery Bar till July 13th, so I hope I can buy you a drink there before then.

20% of proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House, with Triple J news presenter, Ange Lavoipierre giving an insightful speech on the night about dealing with leukemia as a teenager and talked about the support that the Ronald McDonald House gave her.

In other Head On news the Add On Exhibition  recently opened, the concept was very unusual.... 131 untitled, unnamed, uniformly sized photographs all on display.

photo-1One of my images was included which was very timely as it was this image that originally sparked my concept for the Longing exhibition. Thanks to Angela Mushenko for the pictures from the night.

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Opening night....

One week to go to the opening night of my exhibition, save the date.

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Join me for the opening of Longing on Mon 13 May from 6-8pm at the ArtHouse Hotel.

A big thank you to Lynda Howitt for designing my invites and to Head On for inviting me to be a part of the festival. Make sure you check it out. www.christianmushenko.com.

THE EXHIBITION: Longing references a quiet drama present in the photographs. They portray a light beyond darkness, a release into something beyond. Created without a lens, the images are not a ‘focussed’ view of the world, but a more basic response to light, and become abstract colour field images. This 'lack of focus' removes us from the actual subject in front of us. Instead it hints at the mysterious, often unclear vision of our futures, made up of our internal desires and a longing for what we don't have.

Be prepared to be inspired...

Headon1 Be sure to clear your schedule from the 17 May to the 23 June, for the annual Head On Festival. It's an exciting week in photography and you don't have to be a photography buff to enjoy it as there's an exhibition for everyone.

The diversity is so astounding its hard to know where to start, travel photography, portraits, landscapes, or perhaps the gender ambiguous characters in Beneath The Velvet Curtain, or 60 on the Road, which illustrates the stories behind the 60 Minutes' journalists and crew.   Maybe Nudes on Tap is more your thing or Elysium Antarctic Visual Epic with images of Antarctica. All I know is its going to be fantastic and I'm excited to be apart of it.

I hope to run into you there.

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All images are from the exhibitions listed on http://headon.com.au/events/all.

Sneak peek....

As promised, a sneak peek of my upcoming exhibition.....

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Longing references a quiet drama present in the photographs. The images portray a light beyond darkness, a release into something beyond. Created without a lens, the images are not a ‘focused’ view of the world, but a more basic response to light, and become abstract colour field images. This 'lack of focus' removes us from the actual subject in front of us. Instead it hints at the mysterious, often unclear vision of our futures, made up of our internal desires and a longing for what we don't have.

The exhibition will donate 20% of its proceeds to Ronald McDonald House Charities.   Date - 13 May 2013,  6-8pm at the Sydney’s ArtHouse Hotel Gallery Bar.

Inspired?

It's that time again for the Head On festival's ACMP exhibition in Centennial Park, with this years theme 'inspired'. I am really interested to know what can inspire someone. What inspires you?

How can an image impact someone? I find I react to simple, honest images that trigger something inside me. Does that mean I'm simple inside?? Maybe we react to something that we can relate to or we already feel something about.

I entered my seascapes because I love their beauty, the drama and the sense of something bigger than ourselves. Instead of supplying text I included song lyrics for each image.  I see the seascapes as an access and an illustration of feelings held inside; things that we may not wear on the surface but where our minds wander to in quiet times.

What inspires you?

AddOn

ADDON, is part of the current HeadOn Photo festival. I was proudly one of a few invited photographers, artists, and others contributing to an anonymous selection of works. On at Mary Place Gallery, it was a beautiful eclectic body of work, and a lot of fun to be part of. All the artworks were printed square in a small frame, and hung in a continuous line around the gallery. As a sort of adult lucky dip, artworks are swapped at the end of the exhibition.