Venus Virgin Tomarz | Head On Photo Festival

Venus Virgin Tomarz

Robert Earp

Black Eye Gallery

Exhibition Dates:

15 May 2017 - 04 June 2017


Exhibition Description

BLANK BACK YOUR MINDS TO PURITY… Blast Off ! Presenting a Galaxy Goddess for a thoroughly modern age , she is the Past, the Present & the Future A fabulous series of images created by Robert Earp Photomaker With all new, added zooooooom See Venus lift as she flies to the skies The launch pad is a tiny dot in the distance Venus rockets into pure inter-stellar magnificence Out of the world of your dreams she comes, and now you are travelling with her No Baggage Not a complication in the world A free whirl through the stars What a trip. You’re zooming into the pure wonderment of Venus La Fabulous Your passport to significance is ready You’ve been taken to your leader. So slap on your best frickin’ frock Frock up and frock on down baby! And here’s the small print on your ticket to a superb new universe Venus is the most modern escapee from the cheek of our minds. She is the us of you Where did she come from? Don’t ask. Do Tell... She is total loveliness perplexed up from design heaven. What goes with what, Venus knows Having the understanding of all has been with Venus since she was a sparkle in the eye of Mother Earth. Now Venus has “ the eye” There is no greater talent. She sees all and knows all Venus feels content and operates is like a master with that touch of brilliance and excellence All of this sucked up from a life of panache, wonder and style Venus has whirled all of these knowing’s into a pure experience of love and laughter She’s set it all in the shimmering valley of exquisite beauty As you ride on the rocket of Venus, the knock-on effect is yours Be knocked. Be on It could not be simpler Be hypnotised Resistence is futile Venus......Va-Vooooooom ! Author - Ian Buckland 2016 © ARTIST’S STATEMENT: Robert ‘Starman’ Earp “Sixties sci-fi is such an influential genre. In creating ‘Venus Virgin Tomarz’, my mind went straight to the film Barbarella, starring Jane Fonda, but there were so many other things to draw from too, even ‘80s versions of that, like Flash Gordon.” “Venus had these sketches, like her ‘Mars Triumphs’ image that has her standing there with a big flag and this kind of moon buggy beside her. The final image looks quite different to the initial concept but also quite similar in that, what I did, was create an environment and even culture for Mars, and the same for Venus, so there’s a continuity running through it all.” “For example, if you look at Mars, Mars is very aggressive with flags, sharp shapes and blacks, while Venus is much softer, feminine and pastel. Elements that are unique to the specific worlds had to run through all the images. In other words, I needed to make the surreal real. I hope the viewer gets that straight away but, when they scratch the surface, they can study the technique and the story.” “My team and I sat down and conceptualised every component. ‘Okay, we’re going to make planets now – how are we doing to do it? We did a bit of research and we did a bit of daydreaming, just sitting there and working it all out.” “The moon was the very first thing that came to me. I was thinking, ‘What is circular and has craters?’ And then I thought, ‘Coffee.’ I’d previously worked on coffee packaging projects and always thought coffee was an interesting surface to photograph, so I was drawing from a library of experiences in my train of thought. And then I thought, ‘Beers and liquids’, and then I ended up landing on beer.” “When you metaphorically ‘scratch’ at the surface of these artworks, you start to see, wherever there’s a moon in the imagery, that’s beer… The stars in the galaxy… they’re made with bicarbonate soda, spices and a bit of chalk dust… The Mars surface was all red children’s play sand… The tornadoes were created by putting water in a vase then creating a whirlpool with a blender… The aliens were toy robots and all the fleshy bits were fish from my tank… The surface of Venus is actually a $2.50 shower screen. All these techniques are very analogue in nature.” “We delved into Greek mythology to create the story because everyone knows the gods’ names so that creates a sense of recognition. Rather than gobbledygook, we wanted everything depicted to relate back to Earth, to say this is where we’ve gone – we’ve gone to the outer reaches of space. It all needs to thread back to Earth.” “Behind it all, the narrative is about equality, really. It’s also about that fight between Venus and Mars in the classic sense from literature – you know, men are from Mars and women are from Venus. That’s very much an influence on the project. That fight is in everybody. And it’s also about acceptance.”

Exhibition Space

Dates and Times

15 May 2017 - 04 June 2017
Artist Talk: 
Sat 20 May 2017, 3:00PM

Open Hours

Opening Hours: 
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm

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