Sydney Photo Exhibition. Luke Hardy’s latest body of work takes us into the dimly lit, echoey ambience of the karaoke lounge…around closing time. 7-17 August 2013 at ARTHERE. Opening Saturday August 10 2-5 pm.
It’s way after midnight in the Land of Smiles…City of Angels…whatever. You’ve chosen your song, the audio is set on “reverb” and it’s your turn to sing. You pour your heart out through somebody else’s words, but anyone who’s still there to hear you is wasted…and the longer you stay, the more you are too.
“No surprise”, says Hardy, “that karaoke means empty orchestra”. These images, like much of Hardy’s recent work, explore the threshold between real and imagined selves. They are laden with aspiration, longing and doubt…heartfelt, universal and trite. A trippy mix of fake brands, banal lyrics and braced teeth.
ABOUT LUKE HARDY AND HIS WORK by Sandy Edwards, Curator, Arthere.
In his recent Meyer Gallery shows, Yuki Onna (2009) and Dragonfly (2011), Luke Hardy created sophisticated and elegant images drawn from Japanese folklore. www.meyergallery.com.au
He has also presented sensuous studies of the male form in two very successful solo shows, Votive (2009) and Snowforms (2007). www.lukehardy.com
All of Hardy’s work explores the darker side of yearning, the dream of completing ourselves, the desire to merge with the other.
With karaoke we see Hardy in a more playful, sardonic mood. His subjects appear to tease and toy with packaged emotions. He engages with a kitsch vocabulary that blurs the line between lived and vicarious experience.
ARTHERE 126 Regent Street, Redfern NSW 2016 http://www.arthere.com.au/