by Ariadna Zierold
Melbourne artist LUSH organised a pop-up exhibition in street art lined Hosier Lane last friday with a witty, tongue-in-cheek poke at traditional galleries and buffing.
The secret location was released via social media just as it began with the message that it was only open until the illegal exhibition gets shut down. Painting the walls and floor red on a section of the laneway, velvet ropes, and a serious looking security guard who doubled as the gallery attendant, gave hundreds of people the illusion of visiting a traditional art gallery.
As you walked down the lane, the next section of the gallery wall was buffed completely in light grey, artworks and all. The third stage of the show had a wall filled with a number of small canvases painted by the artist – that was until two men came along and buffed all these out as well. Then out of nowhere two ladies sporting LUSH SUX on their behinds appeared and gave out LUSH-tagged condoms before being buffed themselves.
Rumor has it that all the framed works were purchased by an overseas buyer just prior to the exhibition.
Images via Land of Sunshine.