New Zealand-born photographer Derek Henderson is famed for his naturalistic portraits and an innate ability to find beauty in even the most mundane of situations. His recent series of nudes featuring model Zippora Seven has reached great acclaim, but in Black Dahlia he turns to still life instead. Named after the notorious LA murder case of the 1930s, Henderson channels film noir and its pervading air of decay with a series of floral still lifes.
Curator and Broadsheet contributor Joseph Allen Shea (Gallery AS) has again brought together another unusual art space – this time Bondi eatery The Corner House – with leading artists. But rather than calling it an exhibition per se, this Seasonal Art Policy is bringing art to the public in a way that is accessible (in a bar), while also refreshing the atmosphere at the venue.
Henderson’s florals are only too appropriate for spring and the bar staff were fittingly inspired to create a cocktail inspired by the art: Fleur de Liz. Named after the beautiful victim in the Black Dahlia case, Elizabeth Short, Fleur de Liz is appropriately floral and a little bit dark too.