One Saturday morning in Winter I went on a hunt for good coffee and eye-catching art in the tiny streets of Chippendale.
A short walk from central station and tucked behind my favourite vertical garden building, Central Park you will find a bustling creative hub. The paved streets of Chippendale are lined with Chinese food markets and are forever cast in the shadows of the surrounding Sydney skyline.
With coffee in one hand and a glass of red in another I stood among a crowd of art-loving tourists as we waited to start our Chippendale Gallery Walking Tour (Contemporary Art Tour FREE every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month – http://chippendalecreative.com/2015/02/explore-chippendale-free-gallery-walking-tours/).
We began the tour in the crammed space that is the Kensington Contemporary 1 gallery with exhibitor Susan Chen as she talked about her work “First Impression”. She explained how studying the personalities of Instagram users lead her to experiment with 3D printing of clay models and how the imperfections of technology were reflected in her work.
We moved on to find ourselves in the quite serenity of the Japanese Foundation Library tucked away on the top floor of the Central Park building with the delicate silk installations by Akiko Ikeuchi. They hung motionless while casting patterned shadows on the white walls surrounding them.
From delicate silk to electrifying graphics just two floors down you will find aMBUSH, an innovative gallery space wall to wall full with street art. The ‘Metro Luminescence’ exhibition highlighted some of the best works produced by street artists, “writers” and will inspire anyone to pick up a spray can.
Lastly, just a few streets behind Central Park in Redfern is a tiny gallery space, The Commercial with an exhibition on Michael Riley’s ‘Portraits of Moree Murries’. White walls were hidden behind large prints from the Aboriginal photographer as he documented the lives of his family and friends.
Perhaps my favourite exhibition, Riley’s exhibition was the most powerful of all and was truly insightful to see how he depicted his most beloved subjects. For me they depict the types of photos you would see in your own family photo album but what stands these a part is the idea of capturing the lives lived by the Indigenous people of Moree through the lens of not only an Aboriginal photographer but a brother, father, son and friend.
This was one of my favourite Saturday adventures to date and I cannot wait to go on another from the Chippendale Creative Precinct.