It continues! Hayes’ show at Dark Horse Experiment has been extended so you still have this week to go and see it. It’s attracted great attendance, media attention, academic interest – not bad for a cancelled show! The gallery is open Wed – Sat 12 – 6 at 110 Franklin St, Melbourne.

Museum of Love and Mortality

In 2004 I helped Cameron Hayes put together a publication to accompany his solo show at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. When I went to deliver some to be stocked at the Arts Bookshop a rather peeved employee there complained: “but you don’t have any information in here about the artist!”

It’s true. I did try, but he refused, genuinely seeing it as erroneous information. “Just show the pictures”, Hayes instructed, “and the only text should be about the stories.” So that’s what we did.  No biography, nor exhibition history, not even a birth date. This time however, I happened to get a bit more out of him. So here goes:

Cameron Hayes is first and foremost a narrative painter. Usually his style of work consists of densely painted large scale canvases filled with figures and scenery, animals and architecture, playing havoc with retinal activity. Have a look at Mathias Ulungura…

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That art show I wrote about is on

A couple of months ago I posted a piece on the forthcoming show of Melbourne based artist Cameron Hayes. The ‘forthcoming’ aspect of the show was rather short lived, but was reborn again at Dark Horse Experiment, 110 Franklin Street, Melbourne. The exhibition The Incomplete History of Milikapiti is currently on so have a sticky-beak before it closes on the 1st September.

The artist explains in a bit more detail the events surrounding the cancellation of the show in this report on the ABC’s current affairs show 7.30 which aired on the 3rd August, 2012.

Click here to watch the report

Cameron Hayes, Waiting for a confession – 31 October 1976, 2012,
Oil on linen