Our friends over at Modern Times are holding a drinks do this Thursday evening (2nd October) to open it’s evocative new exhibition Midnight Modern, a body of work by Australian photographer Tom Blachford and you are invited!
The artworks are manifestly depictions of glorious Palm Springs tract houses, in particular the homes of the Alexander Construction Company and it’s estates built circa 1955/56. The point of difference being that in place of the steadfast glare of the high desert sun to illuminate the architecture, as per typical Palm Springs photography, we find the cinematic depth of night stills with many photographs in the series captured under the glow of a super moon. The elegant but foreboding staginess of the final product is creeping and sentimental all at once and reminiscent to our mind of the work of Gregory Crewdson (sans melancholy housewives and idling cars of course.)
“Deepened by shadows and dashed with stars, each image represents a 30-second exposure. The results appear both deserted and uneasy. These buildings might be iconic, but in Midnight Modern they seem to sit outside of time.”
This visually stunning this accomplished work is been presented flawlessly by Modern Times and is sure to be gobbled up by MCM and photography fiends alike.
“Each A0-sized print—impeccably framed by United Measures—will be exhibited with details about the home, including street address and architect. The show will launch with an accompanying limited-edition book, and a catalogue essay by Melbourne-based arts writer Gabriella Coslovitch.”
To join in the fun of opening night and perhaps bail up the artist himself to bore him with tales of your moonlit teenage escapades and the dynamism of MCM suburbs, head down to 311 Smith Street, Fitzroy from 6pm tomorrow night.