SAMOAN in Surry Hills is a prolific body of mixed media works exploring Raymond Tuifao Lalotoa’s fluency in urban and cultural pictorial languages. This series is a portrait of an ever changing inner city environment colliding with Lalotoa’s Pacific Island heritage in strong graphic language and hypnotic colour palette.
These works take the viewer to a place that is not quite reality; an eye blurring wurlitzer of words and abstracted events competing for space and giving new life to these once rejected objects. Most of Ray’s canvasses are either gifted to him or rescued from the streets.
The narrative of these works tells a loose story of Ray’s journey through Surry Hills, leaving the Burbs as a teenager, dealing with change, politics and life. This ghettofied tumultuous world dares the audience to see the images for what they are, while also allowing the work to create their own personal story for each viewer.
SAMOAN in Surry Hills 2 is the final instalment in a two part series of works which Lalotoa has been working on over the past five – six years.
‘SAMOAN in’… is an ongoing concept exhibition which will eventually see itself touring throughout the universe and beyond, viewing each environment from an inner city living western suburbs raised Samoan perspective.
Ray Lalotoa is the founder of Sydney’s underground music movement MY SYDNEY RIOT and front man of Sydney based band FAIT ACCOMPLI.
Young Henrys, My Sydney Riot, MUSIC ART PEOPLE, Maison Charlotte Presents…
SAMOAN IN SURRY HILLS /// 2
CAMPBELL PROJECT SPACE
78 Campbell St. Surry Hills
Tuesday 12 December
6pm – 8.30pm
open for two more days
Wednesday 13 December 12noon – 8.30pm
Thursday 14 December 10am – 8.30pm (final day)
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