A new collaborative exhibition featuring the work of Ghostpatrol and Cat Rabbit opens tonight at the Gorker gallery. I was lucky to be invited to the VIP preview of ‘While You Sleep’ last night, and I’d like to thank marketing director Lauren for the invite and co-owner Nathan for his time in discussing the gallery. The work, particularly that of Cat Rabbit, is stupendous in its technical achievement and remarkable in its emotional power. The transformation from the page into three dimensions gives Ghostpatrol’s characters even greater charm and intrigue.
2009 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ and Darwin features in this exhibition.
Ghostpatrol’s characters are complex and his mythology is obscure – I wish each drawing and matching figure made by Cat Rabbit had a story written about them on a plaque beside them.
Characters dream of acorns, owls fly overhead, a mysterious knife appears in many scenes, rabbits are not what they appear to be and the whimsy, melancholy, nostalgia and surreal innocence of the scenes makes engrossing viewing. If an Enid Blyton book was made into a film by David Lynch, it may look like this.
The exclusive preview was mainly for collectors and people interested in the craft side of the exhibition. Fitzroy is one of the centres of the resurgence in fashion of handmade objects and craft activities but the collectors come from all around Melbourne. After the success of Ghostpatrol’s joint show with Miso at Metro 5 gallery on High St Armadale last year, Gorker is expecting as many peeps from the southside to venture to Fitzroy for this show as came from Fitzroy to see GP and Miso on High St.
Because this exhibition brings together two complimentary aspects of Melbourne’s creative culture, it will be very popular. The opening night tonight will be packed and I expect good crowds on the weekend too. Gorker opening nights have become a highlight of the Fitzroy social calendar and they work because they bring new audiences to the gallery and to art, and act to demystify and modernise what art is about.