July 18

A STAR IS BORN

Maxine from Gravity

Maxine from Gravity

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.

Gravity

Gravity

Patrick O'Brien

Patrick O’Brien

Gerard van Dyke

Gerard van Dyke

Dean Collett, Jimmy Greig and Emma Eastwoord

Dean Collett, Jimmy Greig and Emma Eastwood

Kelly Fieldner, Christina Apostolidis and Danny Lacy

Kelly Fieldner, Christina Apostolidis and Danny Lacy

Adam Cruickshank

Adam Cruickshank

Gravity crowd

Gravity crowd