Friends told me about this show at Duckrabbit the other day. Adman and artist David Art Wales explores the ageing process through reimagined advertising images from the ’70s and ’80s.
New York-based Australian adman David Art Wales has worked with big brands including Nike, Microsoft and Google. On the side, though, he moonlights as an artist, taking nostalgic advertising and pop culture images from the ’70s and ’80s and subverting them into artworks that are meditations on growing old. His latest exhibition, How I Felt, does just this through the medium of felt.
More than 150 works bear playful texts such as “Old n’ Graytime” (a spin on Golden Gaytime) and “Midlife Toil” (instead of Midnight Oil). Other familiar brands include Twisties, Streets and Milo.
On June 1, Young Henrys and Riot Wine Co poured free drinks, Wales will hosted an artist talk and opera singer Donna Cain sang a ditty – with the felt works lining the walls providing the backdrop for excellent acoustics. When I dropped into the gallery around midday yesterday the wine was still being poured.
I have posted quiet a few of the works … in case you can’t get to the gallery, the price list is at the bottom of the post.
The exhibition closes on June 10.
Duckrabbit 138 Little Eveleigh Street Redfern.
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