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.

Dog Days

Meet Samson, 11 years old, the best friend you could ask for. He is the most gentle companion who loves nothing more than being at your side. He gives far more love than you could imagine, and in the words of that wise person called Anonymous: "I aspire to be the person that my dog thinks I am."

If you ever make it down to the studio, he will be panting at the back door waiting to say hello.

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"Longing" beams through the pages of Desktop Magazine

After a show in Sydney and now in Prague, Christian's latest exhibition Longing has hit the pages of Desktop Magazine. Sprawled across a 5 page spread, the article highlights Christian's interest in the idea that an image can evoke feelings and emotions in someone.

In case you missed the exhibition while it was still here in Sydney, Longing is a collection of work that showcases Christian's skill to enchant the viewer into a world of mystery and often unclear vision of the future

If you would like to hear more about the body of work and delve a little deeper into Christian's head as he discusses the processes and thoughts behind Longing, check out the link to the article below.

DesktopIssue201Feb2014Click on the link to have a read of the article. DesktopMagazineLongingProfile

Desktop Magazine, Issue #301

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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I Made Contact

After many years of contemplation and going back and forth I officially did it!! I bit the bullet and am represented by the talented team at Contacts Photography for my lifestyle work.  I'm really excited about this partnership expanding our production team and capabilities.

I was happily surprised to see it mentioned in Campaign Brief.....

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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.

Longing for a good time?

I'm really excited, I've been invited to hold an exhibition at Sydney's ArtHouse Hotel  as part of this year's Head on Festival. As many of you know its been several years since my last exhibition, Affinity. This one is very different, there are no seascapes to be seen. It's very conceptual and entitled, 'Longing' which ties in with one of my earlier posts.  It's not until May so I won't give too much away now. Let me know if you'd like to come along to the opening night.

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The boundary between day and night.

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What happens in the shadows of our minds? What happens in the boundary between day and night. Everything seems so clear in the day, but like the deepening dusk, doubts creep in as the sun sinks below the horizon.

What is that special feeling of wonder, longing, apprehension, or uncertainty that the night brings? Is it the desire you are too scared to speak about in the day?