Studio 615 took over the RVCA Corner Gallery to produce one of the best group exhibitions seen this year. A large crowd of friends, family and locals attended the opening night, despite it being the coldest day in June on record. With the prayers of all involved the rain held off for what was a great night.
With the theme of the exhibition surrounding itself around 'Dark Times' each artist was to create a series of black & white works, a concept that has been rarely explored by most in the group, but one that we may see a lot more of.
I arrived at the gallery the night before the opening, the rain hasn't stopped for the last 3 hours and my shoe is full of water due to a misplaced step into a deep puddle on the footpath. The first artist to arrive and greet me is Michael Danischewski, I had met Michael once before but did not know it was him at the time. Sam Octigan is the next to arrive and luckily for us he has the keys to let us inside. Melissa Grisannich and Sahil Silk Roy are the next to walk through the door. Michael tells me that Doug Aldrich is in New York and Brendan Davies arrives in the morning.
As the artists begin to measure out their walls of works, I walk around getting to know each individual a little bit better. Learning about who the artists are, their creative process(es) among anecdotes of other group members. The artists are extremely open and caring, in such a way as I felt I was one of the collective's members.
6 hours of measuring, drilling, hammering, hanging, chatting and laughing pass. All the pieces are up, much to the relief of the 4 artists involved. I felt very fortunate to have been able to look over the artworks so closely and gain knowledge of how the works came to be.
Arriving at the venue an hour into opening night and the room is packed, it was a great sight to see the gallery so alive with happy faces and supporting handshakes. As the beers kept flowing, the conversations grew louder, with the sound of a successful opening night.
A well deserved result for Studio 615.
In case you were busy on opening night of 'Dark Times' and didn't get to catch a glimpse of the artworks up close, don't fret, the exhibition runs for another month! Exhibition details here: www.facebook.com/events/1079086118832386/
All words & photos by Wilhelm Philipp.