Robe up late with Andy Warhol

Posted on Monday, April 21st, 2008

The recent Andy Warhol Exhibit at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane has proven to be a melting pot of past and present pop culture with the inclusion of the Andy Warhol Up Late performances.

Live music from national and international artists every Friday night of the exhibition has bought one of the most influential and important artists of the late twentieth century to today’s audiences.

Brisbane’s live production gurus, IJS Logistics were on hand to provide the audio and lighting for the Andy Warhol Up Late gigs. Holding one of Queensland’s largest Robe inventories, IJS used various combinations of Robe’s across the dozens of acts involved in the Up Late performances. These acts included names such as Architecture in Helsinki, I Heart Hiroshima, Tyrone Noonan, Trans AM, and New Buffalo. To close the Andy Warhol exhibit, award winning Australian band, Wolfmother, were called on to perform the final Up Late show. Playing to a sold out audience of 1000, Wolfmother lifted the roof of GOMA’s River Room and rocked the crowd with hardcore riffs and explosive lyrics.

Lighting on the night was courtesy of 8 Robe ColorSpot 700E AT’s, 4 ColorWash 575E AT’s, as well as 12 SDV ColorFusion 803’s. The fixtures were used to provide color and wash to both stage and audience. The ColorSpot 700’s were mounted on the front and back truss and the ColorWash 575’s were set around the stage. In the relatively small space of the River Room, the output of the 700’s set the stage alight with color, adding mood and depth to Wolfmother’s performance. Due to the conditions of the gallery, IJS were not able to use smoke or haze on the gig, so the color and light emitted over the stage and band was bright and sharp offering a different effect to the standard rock gig.

Robe certainly helped Wolfmother shine as bright as Warhol, and the combination of classic art and modern rock proved to be a great success – if the audience’s reaction was anything to go by.