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PLACES WE LOVE: GALLERY 139 by Kian West

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Newcastle has a few things popping up on every corner: Espresso Bars & Small Bars... And Art Galleries! Some of them appear to be rooted in peoples want to create a place to "Work" which is really more about where they want to hang out every day. But there are other galleries like 139 that are clearly passionate about art, local creativity... And... much more importantly... They understand what it takes.

It takes creating something special, reasons to visit the gallery, interacting with the community and being a part of the scene you want to visit your space rather than just "Create it and they will come" that often takes place. Gallery 139

Place: Gallery 139 Address: 139 Beaumont Street Hamilton, NSW Hours: Wed-Fri  10-5 & Sat 10-2

Why We Love it: Who doesn't love a Gallery Dog? Coco Mo is this gorgeous little guard dog happy to greet customers at the door. Coco MoPlus Ahn is amazing too. Stop by for a chat, look around the incredible walls, find out about up-coming exhibitions as well as a fantastic resource of local information. Put the top-end of Beaumont street on your monthly visit route and stop by. You won't regret it.

60 Seconds with CHRIS BROWN by Kian West

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60 Seconds with CHRIS BROWN

by KIAN WEST

 

CHRIS BROWN IS A BUSY BOY. PHOTOGRAPHY, RUNNING A COMMUNITY GARDEN IN BELMONT & FERMENTING JUST THINGS TO NAME A FEW. THIS IS THE PART WHERE I TELL YOU, DEAR READER, WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT. WE TALKED ABOUT CHRIS' INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY. BUT SEE FOR YOURSELF.

How would you describe the photography that you take? My work is a mixture of film and digital photographs, largely portraits – which range from informal documentary style right through to heavily styled studio work. I have 29 cameras and tend to have a few different projects running at the same time. Say for example, I might be working on digital studio portraits, recording everyday life, and another film project where I play around with negative layering, double exposures, carefully controlled light leaks and other fun techniques. I like to experiment and have several things going at the one time.

What are you working on at the moment? I am working on a fashion shoot with a few friends of mine, my upcoming exhibition “Everyone I Know, Everything I've Seen”, an artist residency and a series about community gardens.

Where is your next event? 16th May, 2014, at Churchkey Espresso, Hunter St 6:30pm.

When do you like to take Photos? Is it all about timing or are you always on? My camera is connected to my body via umbilical cord. My camera goes everywhere and I feel weird if it's not with me.

Who is your biggest influence/s? Oh, hard to say. I would rather say that moods are my biggest influence. I can be inspired by the mood of a song, a painting or a landscape just as much as a visual artist.  I get inspired by emotions, feelings and the environment. I have always been  interested in 'exhale moments' – moments in life where you just stop and have a deep breath for whatever reason. Where the mind gets even just one or two seconds to have a break and forget about all the stuff happening in the world. It's not a meditation or de-stress thing, it's got to do with my fascination with people who are comfortable in their own skin and in their own head. I think it's about confidence. Confidence is sexy.

If you could shoot anywhere where would it be? Or who would it be? The mountains of Tasmania would be my location of choice... Such a harsh yet magnificent place.

The Naked Magicians - February 15th in Newcastle by Kian West

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Here is our page on the Naked Magicians from the February issue of Mirage  

TNM - Half Page Mirage AdON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15TH LIZOTTE’S NEWCASTLE WILL BE STRIPPED BARE WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF THE NAKED MAGICIANS WHO ARE TOURING NATIONALLY. NM WILL BE THERE TO SEE ALL THE GLORY AND WE THOUGHT WE SHOULD TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO CHAT WITH SAM KLINGER, THE PRODUCER OF THIS EXPOSED PERFORMANCE.

For more information head to: http://www.thenakedmagicians.com.au/

 

So Sam, Other than nudity, what makes the Naked Magicians a “must see” show?

 

This is the first time magic has ever been taken to this level. This seriously is the naughtiest and cheekiest magic show the audience will ever see ever! Not only do Chris and Mike get their gear off but the magic you’ll witness is seriously mind blowing and the comedy will have you in fits.

 

Clearly both Magicians are highly talented with years of experience, is there anything special we should know about them both?

 

They’re considered to be some of the biggest names in magic in Australia having performed alongside Gordon Ramsay, Pink and comedy legend Jerry Lewis. Christopher was the first ever magician in Australian history to have his own television series.

 

 

Should I bring my Grandmother?

 

Yes! As long as you can restrain her from getting “too involved”. The older women seem to be the wildest! When booking your seats just make sure they’re not together… don’t know if you want to be in the close vicinity of your Grandmother while feasting your eyes on this show.

 

KW