Monday, 9 September 2013

Decaying Dioramas on the Gold Coast of our Dreams

An amazing new art fair is set to open next week in Sydney. Called Sydney Contemporary 2013, the fair will exhibit the work of emerging and established artists represented by 80 leading Australian and international galleries from 11 countries. It's on from September 19-22 at the Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St (cnr. Codrington St), Eveleigh NSW 2015; via sydneycontemporary.com.au.

At The Style Index we are looking forward to seeing the photographic works of Anna Carey, a Gold-Coast based artist, who is represented in Sydney by Artereal Gallery. At first glance, her photographs of abandoned houses and buildings appear as realities that Carey may have snapped in her Gold Coast environment, but they are not. Instead, they are shots of small elaborate, fictional and often retro, slightly decaying architectural buildings that Carey painstakingly assembles as models. There is an ethereal, doll-like quality to both the content and the colours in the photographic rendering of her dioramas. Here are some examples.

Star Dust, 2012 by Anna Carey. Digital print; via Artereal Gallery.
Golden Palms, 2012 by Anna Carey. Digital print; via Artereal Gallery.
Sea Mist, 2012 by Anna Carey. Digital print; via Artereal Gallery.
Sunset Place, 2012 by Anna Carey. Digital print; via Artereal Gallery.

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