Opening date: 22 Feb 2017
Running date: 07 Mar 2017
This February, artist Guy James Whitworth is set to unveil his latest solo exhibition, ‘Cries For Attention’ at the M2 Gallery. It is shown as a part of both Mardi Gras Arts Festival and Sydney Art Month.
Well established on the Sydney art scene and with a keen following on the alternative/queer film and performance circuit, Whitworth’s work is both provocative and collectable. While intersectionality is a bit of a buzz word at the moment, there is no more an appropriate word when referring to Whitworth, who identifies as a queer creative immigrant and as a result of that, has a unique and fascinating view on modern Australian culture.
Obviously anyone can hold a paint brush, but it takes a true artist to wield that brush as a weapon, using their profile as a platform to help those more disadvantaged than themselves. Whitworth is such an artist, with every one of his past exhibitions championing a social cause, whether it is advocating for animal rights, heightening visibility of the LGBTQI community, questioning masculinity or making a social comment about personal freedom. “Cries For Attention” is the thought process of an artist who has a lot to say and the nerve to say it. No matter what the subject matter, Whitworth’s exhibitions are a guaranteed explosion of energy, social rebellion and passion.
‘There is a quote in an old Hollywood film, when a character played by James dean is asked “what are you rebelling against?” and he replies “what have you got?” well that pretty much sums up this exhibition’ claims the artist. ‘This show is an absolute explosion of the political frustrations that have been in my head for the past twelve months, it’s now so much bigger than just one single social cause’.
‘Cries For Attention is about what we are all choosing to say and about being brave enough to keep saying that when you realise others are listening. Basically, get heard or die trying! No one I know trusts politicians anymore, so maybe it’s time for the artists to have a say.’
‘Cries For Attention’ runs from 22nd of February to 7th of March at the M2 Galley Shop 4/450 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, Sydney. Open 12 til 6pm daily. Opening night Friday 25th February 6 til 8pm.