Creative celebrities Alex Fevola and Alyce Platt turned out to help launch The Porch’s Pink Chair-ity auction at the Monash Gallery of Art today. The exhibition features painted and decorated chairs which will be auctioned to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Alex and Alyce have both contributed to the exhibition in their own unique styles, inspired by the theme ‘Pink: Life, Love, Beauty’.
Alex’s chair features photos of famous females who have survived breast cancer:
“My chair is meant to be an eye piece with lots to look at and a source of inspiration for people battling cancer. All the pictures are of women who have survived breast cancer and are now living happy, healthy lives. The words (on the arms of the chair) are ‘hope’ in different languages.
Alyce covered her chair spectacularly with feathers:
“I was inspired by my brother Dean who passed away of cancer three years ago and his profound connection with feathers,” said Alyce at the launch.
Other celebrities who have contributed to the display are Suzie Wilks and Peter Russell Clarke. Suzie’s chair featuring the footprints of her baby Ruby:
“The chair represents my mother, myself and Ruby my daughter. The butterfly represents my mother who has passed and the footprints represent Ruby walking through life with us around her. The flowers are the gardens we sit in together,” said Suzie.
Peter’s chair entitled, “It’s not Collins Street” depicts the bushland near his home.
“A painted chair should have an outdoor theme. The environment, like a chameleon, can change colour at whim. But my chair must remain bright and welcoming at all times.”
Also displayed at the exhibition are chairs by artists Jamie Daddo, Jody Pratt, Jane Sinclair, Barbara Kitallides, Emilia Johari and Archibald finalist Sonia Kretschmar.
Before the auction, the chairs will be on display at prominent exhibition spots around Melbourne, starting at the Monash Gallery of Art on 1 March.
Organised by Melbourne outdoor furniture company, The Porch, the exhibition hopes to raise awareness of the importance of ‘taking time to smell the roses’.
The chairs will be auctioned at Melbourne Central on May 11 with all proceeds donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
For details on the live auction and pre-auction bidding visit www.theporch.com.au/pink-chair-ity-auction.
Locations that people can see the completed chairs are:
Monash Gallery of Art: March 1 - March 14, 2012
The Fracture Gallery, Federation Square: April 2 - April 13, 2012
Melbourne Central: May 3 - May 11, 2012.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Artist profiles at: http://www.theporch.com.au/pink-chair-ity-auction/