Retrospect Galleries is thrilled to present an exhibition of works from Internationally acclaimed artist Emma Hack.
Emma's artwork is perhaps most instantly recognised in the stop animation body artwork video for Gotye's hit song "Somebody That I used To Know", which, to date, has been viewed over 350 million times on youtube.
Emma's process involves 3 distinct phases, she begins by elaborately painting a particular background, be it a detailed wall paper pattern, fine china design or comic book-scape and then painstakingly painting the body of her model in the same pattern so she then blends chameleon-like into the background. The final stage is to photograph the completed tableaux.
Emma explains, "It can take up to 10 hours to paint a model in front of a background, and they're standing the whole time. I try not to worry about it because it would affect the work - but it's a fine line between being considerate about the models and getting the detailed work done!"
The success and exposure of the Goyte video gave people the opportunity to see that Emma's artworks are entirely handmade and not, as is often presumed, executed in photoshop. Although only briefly in the country Retrospect is thrilled to have secured Emma for an artist's talk about this elaborate process on Feb 2 at the gallery at ?pm.
Another recent project which gained the attention of the world press was "Body Crash" an extra-ordinary project for which she painted 17 people and then 'sculpted' them into position to create a crashed car for South Australia's Motor Accident Commission.
Works to be included in Retrospect Galleries exhibition include a series called "POP!" in which Emma explores her fascination with the pop art genre, Emma's is a fun, modern , however, day retake on the comic-inspired work of Roy Lichtenstein. Her heroines are not helpless romantics, but rather, they are strong feisty, sexy, superwomen. They are so impeccably integrated with their comic book surrounds, the viewer does a double take before realising the female figures are not caricatures but rather are real models.
We will also present Emma's most recent body of work, the stunning Blue and White series in which she focuses her attention on the fascinating journey of the ubiquitous blue and white patterned porcelain which evolved and mutated through centuries of trade between Asian and Europe. The collection features designs from 5 countries, China, Holland, England, France and Portugal. Refined, intricate and subtle, these works are like the stylistic antithesis of the bold, primary coloured works of "POP!".
In a similar vein to The Blue and White series we will also be showing works from Emma's well known "Broadhurst" series in which the model was painted to blend into various beautiful elaborate Florence Broadhurst wallpaper patterns. The model distinguishing herself from the background courtesy of the exotic animal or bird she held in each photograph.
With 22yrs experience in the arena of body art/photography Emma Hack is now at the top of her field. The array of work to be exhibited here is in turn bold, subtle, whimsical, and exquisite. Do not miss this opportunity to meet the artist and experience the work of an acclaimed internationally renowned artist.
See her work online here: http://www.retrospectgalleries.com/exhibition-detail/emma-hack-solo-show/3387/1
check out some of the links to her processes here
Wallpaper Collection 2005-2010
Voices in the Mirror
Body Painting Film: