Sydney artist Justin Sayarath is set to host his debut solo exhibition this Thursday, October 20 at District 01 in Surry Hills.
Entitled “Segreto Bellezza (Secret Beauty)”, Sayarath will present a series of acrylic/watercolour paintings on love and intimacy.
As a young teenager, Sydney artist Justin Sayarath had trouble sleeping and found that what helped him was listening to David Attenborough’s voice until his eyes closed and he eventually drifted off to sleep. But on one particular occasion, he couldn’t fall asleep because he was intrigued by the subject matter: slugs.
While one wouldn’t think of it being such an interesting topic, Sayarath found the inspiration behind his exhibition through this particular story:
Under the cover of darkness, two hermaphroditic leopard slugs meet and nature takes over.
What unfolds is an intimate performance of a balletic and a very colourful mating ritual, where translucent, ×ower-like membranes intertwine, twist, fan out and glow.
“Segreto Bellezza” is personifed through this strange, sticky and sensational world of slug sex. It is beautiful. It takes a long time and it is kind of hypno-homoerotic.
“I wanted to capture and showcase this all-consuming, body-shivering, toe-curling,spine-tingling experience of intimacy and lovemaking. [I wanted to] bring it to the forefront of our minds and to isolate the issues of gender and equality we face today in oursociety – to remind everyone that not only is love free, it is also genderless.
“Just like these slugs, whom are free to choose their sexual preference upon meeting ‘the one’, these works depict displays of love and intimacy between a pair of individuals who share nothing but the wondrous gift of giving and receiving – a secret beauty worth sharing.”
Original music will accompany the works, specifically created and produced for this event, by
TRONG – an aspiring musician and artist in his own right.
This event is open to anyone and everyone who loves and enjoys the wondrous world of love
Thursday 20 October, 6.30pm
Randle Lane, Surry Hills.
20 October 2016 – 23 October 2016