I wasn’t expecting this! Neon Parc is an upstairs gallery space in the heart of Melbourne.
Philip Brophy – Evaporated Music
In the few seconds it took to enter the gallery and take a few steps up the stairs, the conversation stopped, the heavy bass and near incomprehensible vocals, coming from the gallery space, made me reconsider entering the gallery, and I fell into a sort of fight mode.
A few steps more, and a glance to the left – a large, comfortable yet generic sofa, facing a flat screen tv, both flanked by speakers. Visually inviting, an assuming safe and comfortable space. I felt held by the opposing visual and audible aspects. The TV showed a familiar American teen television show from the 90’s/2000’s, dubbed with black metal words and lyrics and dark guttural sounds, with supporting subtitles. What I could see and what I could here, were so conflicting, almost unbelievable. Certainly something to be experienced. After 20 mins I left, and once outside, I felt so very calm.
His website, much like some of his work that I am familiar with feels a pretty punk! Theres a real sense of attitude, strong intentions and a individual way of making a mark across sound, film, graphics, music and art.
Last two images taken from the Philip Brophy website.
Featured image from Ocula.com
Phil Brophy’s ‘Colour Me Dead’ exhibition at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, is coming up shortly, so Im sure I will write about that.