Posts tagged ‘sonido!’

January 19, 2011

sweet things: polas on show

by nicole

alimentari & benvenuto diptych, 2010 © nicole davis

hello all! i’m back. i’ve been having a wee break from the web 2.0 world since early december – no tweeting, no flickr, no blog reading! this was all for a variety of reasons mainly business:

a. i went to new zealand for 10 days. it was part work, part play. i friends in auckland & tauranga (bay of plenty), as well as going to the contained memory conference in wellington. the former was restful and good for the soul, the latter was mind-blowingly inspiring!

b. christmas in brisbane with family after a week back from nz. lovely and restful, great to see my family. lots of dvds watched on my parents gigantic new flatscreen and harry potter at gold class. it rained the whole time, which made it hard to go out but it forced me to relax. unfortunately, as we now know, that rain turned into devastating flooding that affected so many in queensland.

c. new years. four lovely friends came down from sydney and spent the week with us. it was so much fun! i worked the whole time, including new years day but we had plans for a nice quiet dinner with cocktails and drinks at my house. everything went to plan … except for the quiet bit (i was in bed by 1am, the rest of them partied all night!)

d. exhibitions! yes … plural. i’ve been doing back to back exhibitions for the last few months and feeling a little exhausted by them all. i of course already blogged about the m.a.i.d. show in october at the owl & the pussycat, richmond, as well as my solo show, feria, in november at chiquitica. for the last month i’ve had six polaroids up in the annual small works show at brunswick street gallery. i was so pleased with the way they worked out i have to say! they included some that you’ve seen before and a few new ones, including the two above. you can see all the images on my small works exhibition set on flickr. they’re a nice little mix of foody treats and images of two of my fave spots in fitzroy for being foody – sonidoalimentari. there were so many gorgeous works in the exhibition in all types of media … i was so tempted to buy … but could not make a decision what to buy! i literally just pulled these off the wall today, so apologies that i made no effort whatsoever to promote it or tell anybody about it at all. but … i promise i’ll keep you up to date on the next lot coming up very very soon … in two days in fact … eep!

November 27, 2010


by nicole

hello! i am back. i have been wanting to post for a bit but have been so busy with hanging & preparing for upcoming exhibitions that i haven’t had time to breathe. another big thing that’s been happening, which has nothing to do with photography but is worth shouting about, is that i’ve also been editing my friend’s phd. this took up some time but was such a great experience to work on. not only because i’m a bit nerdy & really enjoy the editing process but it also because it’s a really fascinating topic & i was so glad to be able to help out & be trusted with such an important task. now she going to hand it in within the week. congrats kate!

so back to what this post is about mainly! my first solo exhibition has been up at chiquitica gallery at sonido! for three weeks now &  it closes next friday, 3 december. lots of people have seen it – even friends from sydney who have been down for a couple of days have popped in! i’ve received lots of great feedback and, although i haven’t sold anything (yet!) the whole thing has been fabulous. for me it’s more about getting the courage up to get my work out there and it’s motivated me to do several other shows coming up over the next few months, as well as plan for future projects. for those who are in melbs, i really hope you can get there, but for those who can’t or are interstate or overseas, here’s a peek at the images. before it closes, i’ll take some in situ shots & post them, but you can see already see some shots of the show on both the sonido! & my facebook pages. i’ll also write a little more about the subjects of the photos over the next few days.

i intended to hang six images but in the end didn’t hang the first one that you see below. they all fitted but, spatially, five looked better. i still wanted to include it here as it’s part of the series,  so I wanted to show you it as well. also in the exhibition is that lovely girl in the yellow dress that i showed you in my first post so many weeks ago. this is what i wrote in my artist’s statement for the show:

The images focus on the feria de st telmo, a vibrant street market that comes to life every sunday in st telmo, a bohemian inner city barrio of buenos aires, argentina. here both locals and visitors come together once a week, taking over the streets in a riot of colour and music. these images document a typical market day by observing some of the characters who are at the feria every week: antique dealers, musicians, stallholders, artists, dancers, restaurant staff and roving advertisers for the businesses surrounding the market. They are integral to the life of the feria and seem somehow to belong to these streets. the visitors to the feria, most of whom are tourists, are also essential participants. there for only a short few short hours, they usually leave never to return, except through the memories that they have captured in their photographs.

i shot these photos over a couple of weekends on a 1975 canon tx that i bought at an amazing antique camera shop, which is on one of the streets at the heart of the fair. it was an unplanned, enforced purchase &  it changed my photography forever … but that is another story for another day. meanwhile enjoy the results of that very fortunate occurrence …

audience, 2009 © nicole davis

band, 2009 © nicole davis

dealer, 2009 © nicole davis

dancers, 2009 © nicole davis

musician, 2009 © nicole davis

November 11, 2010


by nicole

sonido! 2010 © nicole davis

remember my first post and that girl in the yellow dress and how she was part of something really exciting?

well it’s all happening now! i’ve just hung a solo exhibition at a new gallery space called chiquitica at SONIDO! cafe on gertrude street in fitzroy (in melbourne, australia).

i’m exhibiting five of my images from the san telmo market in buenos aires that were shot on film last year. i’ll do a longer post after the exhibition with all the images but you can read about the show on the chiquitica gallery page.

the pola shot above shows the front of the cafe & is the last of my ‘roid week shots that i promised to show you in my last post. the cafe opened on gertrude street several months ago & is owned by columbian couple carolina & santiago. SONIDO! is an oasis on gertrude street with fixtures, great tunes on vinyl & amazing coffee all sourced from south america. they also have great arepas & empanadas, inca kola & other south america goodies for those missing the continent’s fabulous food or wanting to discover it. 

they’ve had some great reviews & mentions since they opened, including from the age, fitzroyalty, agenda, opulent, fat belly club & pieces of victoria wining & dining hotspots. SONIDO! has fast become a gertrude street fave & they are a saviour on sundays when no other cafes along that west end strip of the street are open. (try the arepa with huevo if you’ve had a big saturday night!)

for a while they’d been wanting to open a micro gallery space along one of the cafe walls, featuring artists that focus on south america in their art. after a conversation about my photography one morning they asked me if i’d like to exhibit first. yes please! soon after they also asked me to manage the gallery space, which i’m very excited about. i’ve lined up artists for december 2010 & january/february 2011 & am now considering artists proposals for the rest of 2011.  it’s all very exciting & i’m sure i’ll write more about it in the future!

you can keep up with both the cafe (& gallery) news on facebook & twitter.


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