DON’T HIDE THE HATE
Hate is a great premise for a show and I hate that I didn’t think of it first.
I hate taking lovely photo’s of people at art openings that you can’t post because they’ve got their eyes closed. And I hate people faking having their eyes closed accidently but in reality what has happened is that the photographer has directed the models to smile and pretend to have their eyes closed. And I hate feeling like I’m off the pulse, behind the times, no longer know what’s cool. I thought people Hated Haters. But evidently they don’t. People like Artists Hating stuff now. And the group show that opened last night at Slopes, DON’T HIDE THE HATE, (curated by Christopher Sciuto and Patrice Sharkey), proves it. ‘Whether channeling feelings of dissatisfaction, destruction and disgust; ridiculing and mocking others; partaking in acts of self-loathing; participating in questionable or criminal behavior; or engaging subversive imagery and text; each artist in Don’t Hide the Hate indulges in the pleasures of hating.’ Maybe this new Hate is also a reaction against that bleeding Optimism that was everywhere a moment ago, where everyone had to pretend to be like ‘wow, we’re at a juncture point, and everything is about to get very good soon. I’m excited that everything isn’t as crap as you think it is. And you can tell this by the brightly colored scraps of paper I’ve scattered about the gallery floor.’
But the thing I really hate the most right, above and beyond everything else, is the Australian political landscape. It’s embarrassing. Natalie Thomas
Don’t Hide the Hate till 24th May WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY 12 – 5PM 9 SMITH ST FITZROY VIC AUS 3065