‘Somewhere in Sydney’, a unique new exhibition featuring the reworked architectural plans of buildings from a selection of locations around the city, opened in Darlinghurst’s East Village Hotel this week.
Created by Sydney-based artist Marcel Khoury, the mixed medium pieces use as a starting point the architectural drawings of around 15 buildings, which are bonded onto a canvas and then worked over to create an end product that Khoury says he hopes will be creatively and aesthetically interesting, while also providing a unique way to preserve and showcase architectural plans.
“When you’re building a house, the first step would be to produce architectural plans and the last step would be to hang up the art work,” he says. “The whole spirit of the idea is to merge the first step and the last step together.”
Presenting the ideal opportunity to check out one of Sydney’s newest art venues in one of the city’s most historic drinking holes – the pub on the ground floor was frequented by notorious razor gang figures in the 1920s – the exhibition coincides with this week’s launch of the East Village Hotel Dining Room, which is located on the first floor of the building and is billed as an upmarket restaurant experience with a menu designed by head chef Adam Spencer.
The exhibition is expected to run through to the end of the year and the work will be for sale with 10 percent of the proceeds going to Voiceless, a non-profit organisation dedicated to alleviating the suffering of animals in Australia. Further details about the exhibition are available on the East Village Website: www.theeastvillage.com.au