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A Love Affirming Vibrant Exhibition
A Kiss is the focal point of every great love story and an experience that has motivated and inspired artists for thousands of years. Linton and Kay Galleries Perth is host to a love affirming, vibrant exhibition; Kiss Me by artists Gillie and Marc. Kiss Me is not your conventional art exhibition. Gillie says, "A kiss can be very powerful. Yes, it can be used to seduce but it can be used to silence anger. We believe in accepting people for who they are and in people uniting and putting aside their differences, so that's where the power of the kiss lies for us."
Gillie and Marc's iconic hybrids Dogman and Rabbitgirl offer a love story of uniqueness in which opposites attract. Their creation was to celebrate and embrace the differences that they depict and not to be viewed as freaks. Marc says "They've found the acceptance they were looking for, these hybrids are in the most public places all over Australia and the world. Our sculptures are in five counties and are even on display in New York. People not only accept these nude hybrids, they dress them, photograph them and connect with them." Gillie adds, "if people can accept and celebrate something as surreal and strange as hybrids maybe, just one day we can learn to truly accept other human beings who are different to us."
When hatred and restlessness emerge, and disturb our inner peace contributing to judgmental behavior there will be no progress. We live in a world full of diversity and developing tolerance and harmony is essential to sustaining a peaceful and loyal community. Gillie said of the concept behind the exhibition, "for all our years on earth we have seen so much injustice, ignorance, and hatred from one human being to another. We believe the injustice and hatred in the world exists because we want everyone to be just like who we are. Look the same, speak the same and have the same beliefs."
The couple have their own fairy tale which started with a kiss. They were married in the foothills of Mount Everest, just seven days after they met. "We hope that this exhibition gives people a reason to stop and think about the kisses that have shaped their lives. We hope some of the works remind them of their most important kisses, some of the most romantic and that some works make them want to kiss their celebrity crushes," Marc says.
Alongside the paintings will be the bronzes and colourful sculptures Gillie and Marc have become known for, including a life size bronze Rabbitgirl Marilyn, which visitors are welcome to photograph, have fun with and – of course – kiss! The entry fee is simply one kiss. Visitors are invited to kiss one of Gillie and Marc's sculptures, a friend, a partner or a total stranger (as long as they agree to it too).