Solstice State, a group exhibition by HAKE in Balsa at the Harbord Hotel, is reimagining the dining experience. Delicious vintage furniture. Heavenly warm flavours. Delectable textures. An appetite for the stomach and eyes. It’s contemporary art and design with food, paving the way for future cross-cultural collaborations.
The Harbord Hotel is a local food destination located on Sydney’s northern beaches. Its design is grounded in an earthy, natural palette with a beautifully polished interior filled with soft creamy hues and raw materials. The timber ceiling and contrasts of striking darker tiles entertain all seasons, and guests with front-row seats have views of the ocean through the arched windows. There are walnut timber floors and a staircase paired with a mural painted by Ash, a deeply creative experiment that marks the long-lasting relationship between the two spaces.
Ash and Jake approached the collaboration as an opportunity to curate a show that responds to the humble and subtle interior and exterior surroundings. It suggests a timeless and seamless atmosphere that creates a public friendship and cultural exchange between HAKE and the Harbord Hotel. A selection of 15 works compose of various styles, techniques, and subject matter that create a sense of comfort and familiarity with Sydney’s northern beaches.
Solstice State bleeds effortlessly and intuitively between HAKE and Balsa, welcoming guests with a new cultural sphere.
Written by Amalia Mitsopoulos