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Exhibition: Christian Pearson - Art of the Underground

20th July 2012 Exhibitions

Last night I sauntered on down to a gallery I had never been to before (National Trust Tasma Gallery) to attend the opening of the Art of the Underground exhibition from Christian Pearson. I had previously seen all the images roll off our printers, but I was looking forward to seeing them behind glass and hung in a gallery. The work was all printed on the wonderful Harman by Hahnemuhle Gloss Baryta, which I thought worked well with the industrial subject matter.

Upon entering the gallery, a speech was underway from Lorenzo Iozzi – Senior Collections Manager Images, Museum Victoria, and the one line in his speech that struck me was that it has taken Christian four and half years and 16000 photos to get to this exhibition of 29 photographs. After having a look around the gallery, admiring the work, I could not help but wonder what is contained within the remaining 15971 photos Christian took in these locations.

Now, taking photos of photos printed on gloss paper mounted behind glass proved BEYOND my meager photography skills. So I don’t have many images to share, but do yourself a favour and check ALL the images out on Christian’s website here. Or better yet, get along to the show if you can.

Art of the Underground by Christian Pearson
A shot of the packed gallery early on in the night. Photo courtesy of Christian Pearson’s GoPro camera.
Later in the night after most people had left.
The National Trust Tasma Gallery is a beautiful gallery. I will definitely be back.

A big congratulations to Christian on an excellent opening night and for creating a great historical record of what makes up Melbourne. If you would like to see this exhibition for yourself, you can find all the details of times and dates here.