Forever and Easy

14/03/2009 19:49
05/04/2009 19:49

Big Day Out by Michael WylieBig Day Out by Michael WylieRock Photography by Michael Wylie

Forever and Easy is an exhibition of rock and roll photography by Perth photographer Michael Wylie, documenting twelve years of live music in WA.  Some of the worlds biggest international acts such as Rolling Stones, U2, Pearl Jam, B.B King, Lenny Kravitz, KISS, Janet Jackson, Nick Cave, Rage Against the Machine, Sonic Youtrh, Ben Harper, Pavement, Prodigy, The Rollins Band, The Strokes, Tool, The Cure, Beck and Mudhoney are exhibited, as well as Australia’s best independent bands such as You Am I, The Vines, Hunters and Collectors, Silverchair, Rocket Science, Inxs, Yothu Yindi, The Mark of Cain, TISM, and the Cosmic Psychos. Forever and Easy also contains large format crowd photography – with some works 2.4 metres wide.  These are visually striking images, highly innovative in their photographic technique.  When the exhibition showed in the reception foyer of the WA Museum, it was not just music fans who took a great interest in these images – the multitude of faces in the works added to their universal appeal. The exhibition features commentary and anecdotes from some of the major performers, with written material provided by Bob Gordon, one of WA’s most respected music journalists.  Including multimedia, there will be around 1000 images on display. About the photographer

Nick Cave by Michael WylieNick Cave by Michael WylieMichael Wylie first started shooting live music in 1991.  A keen surfer and photographer, he was working for a WA based surfing magazine, and happily combining his tow passions.  However, in late 1991, he inadvertently secured a full time job with Kodak, selling cameras.  This severely restricted his time to take surf photos, so, using his magazine accreditation to gain entry, he started shooting live bands.  In early 1992, Wylie presented his portfolio to the West Australian Newspaper’s Revue Magazine, who immediately offered him a job.  This opened the door to a world of well paid rock and roll photography – he shot live music for the West Australian Newspaper for 6 years, shooting most bands that toured the state, and all the major music festivals.  Currently Wylie still shoots for a range of clients, and is in-house photographer at the Amplifier/Capitol Bar complex in Perth central.


The national tour of this exhibition is managed by Art On The Move.


The exhibition has been supported by the National Exhibitions Touring Structure for West ern Australia Inc. through the State Exhibition Development and Touring Funds.


The State of Western Australia has made a investment through ArtsWA in assoicition with the Lotteries Commission in Art OnThe Move the National Exhibitions Touring Structure for Western Australia Inc.


Art On the Move is assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.  Art On The Move is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.