In the 1980s Australian artist Robyn Beeche captured the excitement, colour and androgyny of the London scene. Fade to Grey, an exhibition of some of her most celebrated photographs, is a trip down the garish and gender-bending rainbow of the decade.
Beeche’s images are tales of outrageous flamboyance, decadence and carefree wealth. Taken before Photoshop, the pictures are inventive, free-spirited visions. They are artefacts of an era of excess and truly capture a period where make up and costume were used to camouflage, confuse, yet reveal a common humanity.
These are illustrations of people. They zoom on facial and somatic features of various shapes and have a painterly quality which fascinates.
Beeche’s work is an iconic part of the ’80s and was instrumental in the development of ideas about fashion and art. This display is a small taste of a time where David Bowie and Vivienne Westwood reigned supreme. (LR)
Until Mar 2, Black Eye Gallery, 138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst, free, blackeyegallery.com.au