Preview :: A Kings Cross Affair

April 27th 2012

Bridie Connell’s work has previously drawn on forms traditionally considered women’s handiwork, embroidered vintage hankies for example in her series ‘Hanky Panky Fiction’, Artereal Gallery 2010. Far from riding the wave of the nanna craft revival in a rowboat of whimsy, Connell embroidered salacious phrases from 50’s pulp novels placing together conflicting ideals of femininity.


For her upcoming show at Alaska Projects, Connell turns to a different kind of “traditional women’s handiwork”, paying homage to Kings Cross’s go-go bars of yesteryear. Probably, like pole dancing, go-go dancing can be as much about empowerment and fun as it is about crotch watchers, and I’m looking forward to Connell’s expert take on the whole affair. That’s right, expert. Because Bridie Connell is artist by day and go-go dancer by night, and no less than her own troupe, the Go-Gettes will be performing on opening night.


And if such double lives interest you, I might also mention that Alaska Projects in King’s Cross is a car park by day and art space by night (and weekend afternoons). I shall call you, art park.


What: Exhibition- Kings Cross Affair

Who: Bridie Connell

Where: Alaska Projects, Level 2 of the Kings Cross Car Park,

9A Elizabeth Bay Rd (directly behind the Kings Cross Police station).

When: Thursday 26th April, 6-8, exhibition open Thurs-Sun until 6th April

How much: nada!


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