Raymond Lalotoa's heritage is Samoan but his family immigrated to the Western Suburbs of Sydney, Australia when he was 13. As a child, growing up in a strict church environment, he fell into creativity as a source of escapism and that’s how his life began. For Lalotoa, music, art and relating to people is an important combination for him and as a human being, he feel's like his journey to connect has still only just begun.
Fallen Broken Street, Stone & Wood, My Sydney Riot presents...
**/// LISTEN TO THE KIDS ///**
An art show by Sydney based artists Raymond T Lalotoa
Lalotoa's 'Listen to the Kids' exhibition will be held at A Spot Of Genius in Byron Bay Wednesday, July 19th. The inspiration behind the title is that everything is art and we need to pay more attention to the next generation and what they have to say. Lalotoa is of the opinion that our current power structures are failing us and we need to bring the power back to the people and let the next generation be heard at all levels.
’Samoan in Surry Hills’ was Ray's major debut art exhibition which was held in 2013 and ’60 faces’ followed in 2014. Ray has also had pop up art shows in small galleries, in music venues and in friends’ apartments. He even recently curated the ‘Save Bondi Pavilion’ group art show to help spread awareness about keeping the Pav in the hands of the community away from the claws of capitalism. This is just another day with another punk mission when it comes to the life of Ray.
This current art show ‘LISTEN TO THE KIDS’ is a family of works which expresses Ray's visual thoughts about society in simple terms with positive slogans to help keep the bad voodoo at bay. All of his canvasses are mostly objects found on the streets, giving new life to these discarded pieces is a major part of Ray’s ethos “Everything is art”.
His art shows title ‘LISTEN TO THE KIDS’ is partly borrowed from the Kanye West quote ”LISTEN TO THE KIDS, BRO!”. It is a simple quote based loosely on music and politics, but if you look deeper you’ll see that we are currently living through a moment in time where the adults are failing. There needs to be another way for all of us to get through ‘this thing called life’ in peace and with a more positive state of mind. If we don’t seek the knowledge of the kids then who knows what might happen? Just look at who we have in power right now!This art show is a reflection away from all of the negative noise, bringing it all back to the simple beautiful things in life. Light, colour and sound.