Wow, this post has certainly been a long time coming.. Better late than never I say!
Before I moved down to Melbourne, I made a point of asking heaps of people to tell me cool things to do down here. Without fail, the first thing most suggested was the Tim Burton exhibition. It may have just finished, and I may have checked it out nearly 4 months ago, but I still think that is absolutely worth posting on here. Sorry for the slackness!
As a designer and someone that really takes a lot away from finely crafted art and the like, this exhibition was an absolute inspiration. I havent walked out of an exhibition feeling arty for such a long time, and this one was certainly art-inducing.
I walked in without realising the breadth of work that would be featured – I thought I could be done within an hour or so, but ended up staying for somewhere close to three! It really didn’t feel like that long though – the work was just so intriguing and diverse.
The exhibition was spread across a number of rooms, each with their own focus. Burton’s work in sculpture, costume, art, and film were all thoroughly explored here, and I’m sure that anyone at all would walk away feeling excited.
Personally, I think my favorite was the art section. It really brought to light just how unique and contradicting his work is. On one hand, much of his work deals with scary, horrific characters and subjects which are coupled with issues of loneliness and hardship, but on the other hand, his work seems to communicate with, and even be made for children. It’s a little bit confusing, but it really creates a feeling of accessibility and immersion when checking out the work.
I wish i could tell you to come and check out the exhibition or even give you dates or prices, but like I said, the show has ended. I’m sure that it is being shown somewhere around the world at some point soon, so keep your eye out. In the meantime, head over to his site and check out the public gallery to get a Tim Burton taster.