A STAR IS BORN
A strange thing happened at West Space last night: a 9 year old kid and her band stole the show. The band is Gravity and they played a great set of Maxine’s songs in the exhibition space, converted into a little girl fantasy stage with coloured gels, fairy dust and the piece de resistance, a bubble machine. Dressed in black taffeta encrusted with green sequins, sporting questionable Amy Winehouse-style eyeliner and hair worn down with a simple silver Alice band, Maxine is a musical genius, even when she’s not a part of Mother Nat’s Project Space Life Project, Stage Mom. This is self-aggrandisement 101, but one step removed. Freud would have a field day with this mother/daughter dynamic, what with the mother being a failed performance artist herself. Throw Dad into the onstage mix, accompanying Maxine on drums and attempting to live up to her exacting standards, and it’s a Freudian rhythm hell scene for all to witness. Still, she gets all the merch money and is currently moving it offshore. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQXf0HWI8-8&feature=youtu.be Natalie Thomas
Project Space Life runs at West Space, Level 1/225 Bourke Street Melbourne till 10 August.
Gravity will play an encore performance at the Artist Talk on Thursday 8 August 6-6.30pm live at West Space.