Monday, February 25, 2008

A fury of tulle and sequins...

There was a fury of tulle and sequins as the latest exhibition War Stories was installed at the gallery. With bodices unlaced and skirts fluttering from the airvents, the numerous pre-loved wedding dresses were placed around on the walls. Installation Technician John said that he had a great time installing this exhibition and that it was fascinating the various choices of dresses people had made over the years. Artist Janice Gobey was pleased with seeing the final result of all the dresses, paintings and various other 'bridal oddities' all in one place.
War Stories will be open to the publice from 27 February until 20 March.

Monday, February 18, 2008

War Stories exhibition by Janice Gobey

War Stories, works by Janice Gobey

27 February to 20 March 2008.

Contemporary society has never before been so obsessed with spending thousands of dollars on a ‘white wedding’. Seduced by the opportunity to star in a one night only extravaganza, participants often enter into marriages that probably should not have happened.

Artist Janice Gobey explores the seduction of the white dress and the excessive compulsive lead up to the ‘big day’ combining installation, text and oil paintings. She has collected a series of wedding dresses and stories from people who tell their tale of love gone bad after spending a small fortune on their special day.

When asked where the inspiration came from for War Stories, Gobey answered:
“I'm fascinated by our attraction (particularly females) to the white wedding dress and the idea of a big white wedding. I have wondered why females are still attracted to this concept despite our advances in career and independence. Media, family and society in general seem to measure your success as a woman by whether you get a proposal and the opportunity to wear the ‘white dress’.”

Gobey’s background in psychology and sociology led her to explore the pain of her own divorce through art. When she first began working on this project she found that the audience connected with the works as most people have faced heartbreak in some form.

“A breakdown of a relationship tends to be a taboo subject, people are embarrassed to tell their stories as they often see this as a personal failure or rejection. It's important that we can look at ourselves and realise that no one has the perfect relationship, we are all flawed and should perhaps be looking at relationships with more realistic expectations.”

War Stories in on from 27 February to 20 March 2008.

Artist Talk: Thurs 6 March 6.30pm - 8.00pm.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Jazz Spans The Decades

Jazz Spans the Decades features a touring exhibition from the Victorian Jazz Archive alongside fascinating memorabilia from key jazz icons with a connection to Boroondara. This exhibition will not only look at the broad history of jazz in Australia and Melbourne but also the vibrant contemporary scene. As a musical genre, jazz has strong historical roots but also appeals to the modern generation.

Town Hall Gallery is pleased to host this exhibition from the Victorian Jazz Archive, striving to 'save our jazz past for our future'.
Exhibition runs from 6 February to Saturday 23 February 2008.
For more information about the archive please visit: