Black Eye Gallery hosts Head On Photo Festival exhibitions

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Sydney's Black Eye Gallery in conjunction with the 2017 Head On Photo Festival is this month featuring exhibitions by photographers Robin Schwartz and Robert Earp.

The first exhibition by US artist Robin Schwartz, Amelia and the Animals, opens on May 2.

The exhibition gives an insight into the journeys of a mother and daughter who have shared their world with animals of all varieties, over the past thirteen years.

Amelia and Emily by Robin Schwartz
Amelia and Emily by Robin Schwartz

Schwartz says she is driven to depict relationships with animals in the hope that these moments portray the sameness of humans and animals.

The images featured in the Black Eye Gallery exhibition show young Amelia’s enormous fortitude and ingenuity through her ability to relate to each individual animal with kindness and respect.

Trunk sniff by Robin Schwartz
Trunk sniff by Robin Schwartz

Robin Schwartz earned a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Pratt Institute and is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in Photography. Her photographs are held in several museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Exhibition - May 2-14 
Opening night - May 5 6-8pm

Opening at the Black Eye Gallery on May 15 is an exhibition of conceptual photography by Melbourne-based Robert Earp.

Earp's Venus Virgin Tomarz is named after the artist's collaborator and muse whose story of transgender is told by way of hyper-colourful composite photographs that recall sci-fi kitsch.

Two Faces by Robert Earp
Two Faces by Robert Earp

To add minute detail to his images Earp has used everyday household items; the stars are bicarbonate soda or a sprinkling of chalk dust; the moon is a swirling pour of beer; a Kitchenaid blender whips up tornadoes; and the flesh of alien
robots comes from the fish in Earp’s own tank.

“Behind it all, the narrative is about equality, really,” admits Earp. “It’s also about that fight between Venus and Mars in the classic sense from literature – you know, men are from Mars and women are from Venus. That fight is in everybody.”

Battle of Two Worlds by Robert Earp
Battle of Two Worlds by Robert Earp

Robert Earp is a multi-award-winning conceptual photomaker shooting global brand campaigns for agencies worldwide. He is the owner of Glow Studios in Melbourne. 

Exhibition - May 15 to June 4 
Opening night -  May 18 6-8pm
Artist talk - Sat May 20 2pm

For more information on these exhibitions visit

About the Head on Photo Festival
Running from Thursday 5- Sunday 28 May 2017, Head On Photo Festival is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious photo festivals. Since it began in 2010 the Festival has evolved from 70 events to 180 throughout its program. This year, over 60 featured exhibitions have been nominated as highlights of the Festival.

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