Southern Wilderness by Gary Fernández

Wednesday, 5 September 2012


I was invited to an exhibition opening in Perth tomorrow night, and since I can’t attend (sadly), I wanted to spread the word about it on my blog. Please note that this is not a sponsored post, or anything remotely like that. I don’t do sponsored posts (check out my FAQ section here). I’m saying this in the interests of full transparency and disclosure.

The exhibition I was invited to is on the art of Gary Fernández, a Spanish illustrator and artist whose work is being showcased in Perth. 140 in Perth is hosting this exhibition, Southern Wilderness, in September. The opening night is tomorrow, on Thursday 6 September. The exhibition will be open to the public on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September. Since I often hear people complaining that Perth’s cultural side is lacking (and I think this is proving to be an increasingly untrue statement lately, especially in the art scene), I really urge everyone to go support this exhibition and the venture of overseas artists visiting us here.


Gary describes his exhibition in an interesting manner to me:

Southern Wilderness is an imaginary journey through a magical, whimsical and surreal American South. It’s the place where the unreal crosses the thin line and merges with the real; where Brown Thrashers, squirrels and rabbits dwell with fantastic fauna, five-legged beasts and witches in foggy forests filled with old trees that whisper and stir in the night. It is there that the son of the rabbit and squirrel becomes a Contortionist, and where bees tear the wings from butterflies, trying to steal their beauty and where birds fight to the death.

Maybe I’m just projecting my own personal interpretation of his artwork here, but I couldn’t help but think of artists like Alphonse Mucha, Tamara de Lempicka and Aubrey Beardsley when looking at his art. There’s an Art Nouveau sentiment, or style, to his work, that I think blends beautifully with the whimsical and surreal themes.

If you’re in Perth, and would like to go, here are the details:


6 - 8 SEPTEMBER 2012 (Curated by Leon Krasenstein)
At 140 (140 William Street, Perth)
Perth, Australia
Opening hours: 11am - 4pm




Before I finish off, I wanted to draw your attention to a few other things:

: : If you’d like to win a free copy of my book, BrontëBlog is hosting a giveaway in honour of their seven year blog anniversary. Details about how to enter are on their blog, and you have until Monday, 10 September, to enter.

: : Thank you Ashley for including two of my posts in your Feminist Odyssey Blog Carnival.

: : And I honestly try not to link too many of my Behind Ballet posts here, but I had so much fun writing this one, I can’t help myself.

All images are by Gary Fernández and are used here with permission.


Gracia said...

I love their description of "foggy forests filled with old trees that whisper and stir in the night", of the contortionist squirrels and rabbits too, and those rather violent sounding wing-tearing bees. Thanks, as always, for sharing the things you find inspiring, and I can see what you see in reference to Tamara de Lempicka's work in the faces but then I, also, have a tremendous soft spot for her work. Those big grand marble faces that command attention.

On another note, I always enjoy your Behind Ballet posts. Last night I saw Icons for a second time and came away just as entranced. Ah! Breathtaking stuff.

g xo

Niina said...

Beautiful imagery, such bold illustration. Thank you for bringing this to my attention although I won´t be in Perth. It´s a little pity that independent bloggers like you have to state every time their independence because to me your objective to blog about things is obvious. I guess sponsored blog posts are so common nowadays...

Hila said...

Niina: yes, it is a shame. I've been getting questions about these things, so I wanted to make my position clear. At first, I was confused by these questions, as it's obvious this isn't a paid blog. But I also understand the cynicism of readers who have been watching some pretty unethical stuff going on in other blogs. I think most bloggers do the right thing though! I have nothing against bloggers who do sponsored posts, and the like, I just don't do it myself. I do think though that bloggers who do sponsored posts have a legal and ethical responsibility to disclose this.

Hila said...

Gracia, I have to run now, but I shall respond to you tomorrow! My commiserations again about poor sweet Agatha (an email will be coming your way shortly). xx

rooth said...

Those pieces are gorgeous and full of so much action - my favourite are the ribbon legs in the last one. Because doesn't everyone's legs just feel like that some days?

Petra said...

I doubt I'll make it to Perth on time, but thanks for the introduction nonetheless.

Hila said...

Gracia: I actually thought of you and Louise when I read that description. And yes, that's exactly what I meant with the reference to Tamara de Lempicka - as you said, something about the marble faces and eyes. She was a favourite of mine in high school art classes.

Sometimes I'm really frustrated that I live in Perth and can't see all the shows from The Australian Ballet! But glad to hear you like my posts for them.

Hila said...

Rooth: Absolutely! Ribbon legs come with exhaustion, in my case.

Petra: Does that mean you're coming to Perth later though?

140 said...

We are very excited to have Gary Fernandez at 140. We love the blog you have done - sorry we won't see you tonight

Hila said...

140: I'm sorry I couldn't make it, hopefully next time. And I'm glad you like this post! I hope the exhibition is a success.

Gracia said...

Off to Swan Lake later in the month and thinking how fun it would be to meet up during interval one time. Perth must sometimes feel a very long way away.

Hila said...

Yes, it does indeed Gracia.