SCOTT BENEDICTINE – TINNING STREET PRESENTS

Words – Nick Tapscott

Photos – Andy Donohoe

Scott Benedictine, Tinning Street Presents, Lot5/29 Tinning Street, Brunswick

Sawdust on the floor, the Scott Benedictine range that hung on the wall still looked good in the earlier part of a sunny Brunswick afternoon.

Due to more annoying commitments the night before I was unable to catch the actual event with the bands and wot-not, but from all reports that part of the exhibition was a winner, with local high end heroes A Dead Forrest Index and Hayden Calnin adding the mouth and ears to the fashion and design body of work created by post-modern day Gatsby Warren Harrison, a straight and true navigator of the Creative Classes.

The show was the launch of Scott Benedictine, the branded pseudonym with an ambition beyond simply fashion or a label, but conceptuality with an aesthetic, consumption practice and consciousness breaching any one particular media. The representative Post-(Post?) Modernity of the label was the clothing on the walls. Ready to wear ‘Androgynous European Male’ modelled only by the walls but not available for sale, temporarily shifting their function from fashion to art, incorporated into and alongside other media of photographic prints and video projection, all collaborations between the designer/artist and other artists swimming in their individual ponds.

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The high end photography of Pia Johnson and the slashie acting/modelling of Nick Casey added further dimension to the range and the function of the work, the clothes displayed in a variety of action poses in beautifully shot studio photographs.

Due for release in 2013, the prestige garnered from events like this and the prestigious attention it draws will ensure that Scott Benedictine and all those that wear him a bright, black and prosperous future.