Exhibition: My Element
Up above the new shopping precinct of Central Park Broadway, the wooden pallet walls of the 10x8 Gallery instantly welcome creativity and authenticity, allowing glimpses into the works and worlds of the artists on show. Last Thursday, 10x8 revealed a new collaborative exhibition of photographs from five up and coming Sydney artists, exploring hip hop both locally and abroad in a series aptly titled 'My Element'. The opening night was a celebration of this collaborative process between a diverse range of artists, as well as an opportunity to party with the Sydney community that had supported them throughout this project. An orange industrial hue set the casual street vibe, encouraged by tones from DJ Joyride, Raph, The Tongue and DJ Skoob. This provided a smooth backdrop to the chatter that flowed as people indulged in sliders from Beach Burrito and drank delicious ciders and wine from Batlow and Kirin.
Within the adjoining gallery itself, the crisp black and white images conveyed powerful and intimate insights into the hip hop scene. The artists, Averie Harvey, Tristen Stefan Edouard, Chris Frape, Steven Guzman and Bradley Scott, showed a deep connection and understanding to the culture through the 24 photographs on show. A glance-by is not enough: a stare, then a read of the blurb and a returned stare, uncovers new and deeper meanings of the faces behinds these portraits. The intensity behind some of these images, aided by the quality from darkroom production, is something you cannot miss.
Check out the series now until May 4th.
By Morgan Crowcroft-Brown
Photography by: Morgan Crowcroft-Brown