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Road Works

26 April, 2022 - 21 May, 2022

26 April- 21 May 2022

Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 11am to 3pm
admission: Free

Mike Reed dabbles in the gravel and raises his sights from quirky street photography to an artful view of “Road Photography”.

Many a time in his travels he has reclined observing the ever-changing sky and its clouds and recalled seeing the phenomenon called Pareidolia which is a type of illusion of light, shadow and form representing something clear and distinct. For example, in the discolourations of a burnt slice of toast, one might see the face of the Messiah. Or perhaps the image of Vladimir Putin in the soapy scum of a shower curtain. After finding some obscure images of an elephant and alien figure, the artist gave up staring at the road… it was quite dangerous too and so he turned to a more fleet-footed graphical approach.

These graphics from the tarmac have been enhanced and the colours have been accentuated to a strident surrealism. Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo, London, Rome, New York, Melbourne and Sydney and one photograph from Cairns Airport!

Mike Reed presents to you, not so much “forty miles of bad road” but graphical and colourful sections of road on the gallery wall and much more in an exclusive innovative book, certainly a desirable collectors edition.

The artist will also display in the smaller gallery a collection of his street photography in a salon style showing Recently Mike’s work was selected by the Editor of Life Framers in their ‘Street Life’ theme, commenting on the “humourous visual narrative that Mike conjures through sharp timing and a clean composition”.

To view the complete catalogue, please click here.

It is hard for friends and colleges to understand Mike Reed in any way other than what he did day in day out … and nights too.

He has been film editing for 42 years, yet photography has always afforded him his only private creative outlet for all those years.

Photography was portable, instantaneous and satisfying in his short breaks from the screaming schedules (editing and running the business was soaking up his concentration 60-100 hours a week).

His camera was always there as he roamed his backyard and afar, eyes alert for something that would catch his attention.

He’s always been a hoarder, all things rusty, crusty and novel. Photography is a further collection of moments. Quirky and delicious.

Editing trained his eye to detail, decision and dialogue. Culture, creativity and cooking are also amongst his other pursuits.

So now retired from the maddening advertising affray, he is armed with his cameras and visual diary passionately pursuing his love of the world around him.

Artist Floor Talk: Saturday 7th May 12pm – 1pm

Please join Mike Reed as he shares stories about his artistic journey and how and why he made the photographic series Road Works.

Find out more about this graphic work from the tarmac that has been enhanced, with colours that have been accentuated to a strident surrealism. The artist travelled to Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo, London, Rome, New York, Melbourne, Sydney and even Cairns Airport to realise this exhibition.


Free event – RSVP to [email protected]


26 April, 2022
21 May, 2022
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fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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03 9662 9966
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