Internationally renowned artist Anthony Lister, celebrated the launch of his latest exhibition, CULTURE IS OVER at the iconic Porky’s in Kings Cross.

CULTURE IS OVER celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Lister’s No Win Sitch pop-up on the exact same date in the exact same location. Local creatives and leading Australian media experienced the exhibition ahead of the public opening from 5pm -7pm, receiving a personal insight into the inspiration behind the show from Lister himself. 

Staying true to Lister’s atheistic and ethos, last nights attendees experienced a dark and twisted visit into the past of Kings Cross and the paranormal mystery of Luna Park’s unidentified horned man, a tale that has inspired many of Lister’s works.

The exhibition showcased 59 of Lister’s incredible works including paintings, sculptures and video installations across two levels of the infamous Kings Cross building. The first level invited attendees into a dark room complimented by neon lights striking across four large scale paintings. The room begins and ends with a display of various sculptures, each with their own spotlight contrasting against the darkness.

The second level invites guest into a bright white room, beautifully juxtaposing from the level below. Video installations, prints, sculptures and paintings surround the floor.

Guests sipped on Goldy Gin cocktails prepared by Trolley’d, using all Australian ingredients such as Lemon Myrtle and Illawarra Plum to complement the local themes of the exhibition. Young Henrys supplied beer and cider and Fishbowl ensured guests were fed serving three of their iconic bowls.

On CULTURE IS OVER – Anthony Lister states: “This new body of works and subsequent show is an exploration into a mysterious subject which has been kept relatively quiet for nearly 40 years. The focus of these artworks exists somewhere between paranormal investigation and the findings of private detective obsessions grounded in the facts of myth and the horror of reality. In 1979 an unidentified Horned Man terrorised the minds of Sydney’s Luna Park patrons and has since lived on under a veil of mystery and suspicion”.

From 7:00pm – 9:00pm the exhibition was opened to the public with hundreds of eager art enthusiasts lining the length of Darlinghurst road. Over 1,000 patrons walked through the exhibition last night and over 30 of Lister’s works sold.

The pop-up will continue for a week long independent and free exhibition for the public, celebrating the culture of old school Sydney and paying homage to a city that has lost its soul due to heavy handed government policies. Lister has turned the neon lights back on in the strip and bringing back the rebellious nature of the Cross from 2009 for one week only.

Porky’s, 77 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross
Friday, 19 July  – 11am – 3pm
Monday, 22 July  – 11am – 3pm
Tuesday, 23 July – 11am – 3pm
Wednesday, 24 July – 11am – 3pm

Source: Anthony Lister