New installation to celebrate at Art Seat

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

A composite artwork of almost 400 individual works on postcard sized boards is the latest installation to feature at Inner West Council’s Art Seat in Newtown.

‘All the Things We Never Talked About’ by Leichhardt-based artist Ian Thomas explores a reimagined gay adolescence of freedom, nostalgia and ceremony. “With this work, I’ve tried to reconnect with my sixteen year old psyche to give me a safe space in finally acknowledging all my teenage crushes, my hopes and dreams and innermost thoughts- the kinds of things I may have stuck on my bedroom wall if I wasn’t desperately trying to hide the fact that I was a queer kid.”

Thomas’ artwork is a combination of collage, found images and paintings that act as a personal celebration of the spirit, colour and joy of the gay community. ‘All the Things We Never Talked About’ is on now on display in the lead up to the 2019 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. “What I didn’t know way back then is that life is a good time when you come out and celebrate who you really are and this work is my opportunity to shout that from the street” said Thomas.

Council’s Art Seat is a permanent structure in Newtown Square that provides local, emerging and established artists with a space where experimental and non-commercial art can be showcased. Incorporating public seating and lighting, the Art Seat is also a landmark meeting point.

For an interview with artist Ian Thomas, call 0402 829 555.

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