Taste of Hollywood at the Campbelltown Arts Centre

There’ll be a touch of Hollywood glamour in Macarthur for the next couple of months with the launch of Campbelltown Arts Centre’s latest collection.

The Sheer Fantasy exhibition, curated by David Capra, is all about pop culture and visitors will find references to plenty of their favourite TV shows and films.

Classic film actress Kim Novak – who played the lead female role in Alfred Hitchcock thriller Vertigo – has one of her artworks featured in the collection.

The actress’ work, Vertigo/Vortex of Delusion, is inspired by the celebrated film. It portrays Novak herself, a profile of Hitchcock and various imagery fans of the film will be familiar with.

Also adding to the exhibition’s Hollywood sheen is a lenticular photographic work of Gwendoline Christie.

Christie is well-known for her work on Game of Thrones, where she plays Brienne of Tarth, and has also appeared in two Star Wars films and the Australian series Top of the Lake: China Girl.

Curator David Capra said he had been toying with an exhibition like this for six or seven years and he was thrilled to see it finally come to fruition.

He said he was keen to deliver a collection that would be accessible for the whole community.

“I work with communities so having something to appeal to and be accessible to everyone, a broad audience, is always something I keep in mind,” he said.

“I love the idea that these works represent the shared experience we all have, that sort of fake, fantasy world and showing the reality behind it.

“There’s a lot of nostalgia involved.”

The collection also features works from Saturday Night Live and Sesame Street alum William Wegman, Fred Flintstone-inspired wallpaper by Terri Bowden and an interactive exhibition by Mark Shorter that features an impersonator called ‘Renny Kodgers’.

That installation allows people to book a timeslot with Renny Kodgers inside an old, American-style truck and take part in a brief ‘road trip’. Spots are available on April 21 and 22 and June 2 and 3.

Another impressive feature of the exhibit is a collection of sculptures by late Colombian-Australian artist Javier Lara-Gomez, who was an inmate at Long Bay prison when he created his works.

Sheer Fantasy officially opens on Saturday, April 14 until Sunday, June 3. Details: 4645 4100.

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