Anthony Lister, a Brisbane artist who staged a one-night only art installation at the heart of Kings Cross ten years ago, did the same again – this time coming back with a vengeance to add colour and life to this one-time bustling entertainment precinct.
Lister’s latest exhibition `Culture is Over’ opened on Wednesday July 17 at the old Porky’s entertainment venue in Darlinghurst Road Kings Cross to packed audiences. The abandoned nightclub was cleaned up for the pop-up art installations and restored temporarily to its former glory to accommodate a mix of paintings, sculptures and lighting on display. The queue to get-in was long – due to the outstanding support for this event, but with security guards on duty and excellent catering by Fishbowl, the evening became a breeze.
In returning to Sydney having toured around the world creating his type of public artworks, the artist was somewhat dismayed at the post-lockout laws embracing the character of this suburb. Taking the initiative to strike a chord where he left-off a decade ago, Lister put-together this amazing show inviting Sydney to his trip down memory lane.
Many Sydneysiders share his beliefs and look forward to seeing this iconic suburbia experience a new lease in life in the not too distant future.
(All pics by Denver Mottau)