On Wednesday August 27 a rather unique show will open at The Serpentine Gallery in Lismore -‐ ‘I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR’ – a knitted tribute to Lou Reed and the 40th anniversary of his first Australian tour.
The show is the result of a collaboration between Mary Adams, a visual artist who now lives in Lismore, and local photographer Katrina Mathieson.
Mary has worked in the medium of knitting for over 40 years, producing hand loomed garments in pure wool using a range of images from popular culture.
For ‘I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR’, Mary has produced 50 sweaters representing Lou Reed albums and songs, and she and Katrina have joined forces to make this a truly community event.
In July, Mary and Katrina set up a photo booth at The Channon Markets and invited locals to be photographed in the sweaters. The public response was tremendous. People of all ages, sizes, shapes and styles lined up for the opportunity to put on a sweater featuring Lou Reed images and/or lyrics, and pay tribute to the great musician and poet.
One week later, 11 ‘models’ including several musicians, a radio arts program host, 2 high school students, the manager of the Lismore Artspace, a mother and her 6 year old son, a performance artist, and a DJ who goes by the name of Sista Ray, were photographed in a set of 11 Transformer sweaters in one epic shot against the striking murals in Lismore’s graffiti lanes.
The resulting images from these public photo shoots will be exhibited alongside the sweaters.
To add to the sense of celebration at the exhibition opening, a selection of Lou Reed songs -‐ arranged for guitar and cello – will be performed by local musicians, Lisa Cameron, Greg Richardson and Erol Dulagil.
The exhibition has the enthusiastic endorsement of Laurie Anderson and Sister Ray in New York. Sister Ray will be posting a link to the details on the Lou Reed Facebook page.
Jason Stern from Sister Ray said: “This is one of the coolest tributes I've ever seen, no exaggeration!”
When Lou Reed toured Australia for the first time in August 1974, a woman wearing a Transformer sweater attended his first press conference. He sent her to find the person who had made it (local resident, Mary Adams) with the following message: I’ve decided not to sue and would like to order 20. On their last night in Sydney, several members of his entourage came out on stage for the finale wearing the Transformer sweaters. The original Transformer sweater was found among Lou’s belongings when he died last year, and is now on display in the Sister Ray office in New York.
The Serpentine Gallery
17 Bridge Street,
New South Wales,