Darlinghurst NSW exhibitions. Works on Paper 1 Metre Show at Stanley Street Gallery. 11th June – 5th July 2014. Artists: Denis Clarke, Amy Dynan, Cedric Van Eenoo, Jeffrey McCann, Sally Simpson, Derryn Tal, Christina Thwaites, Christine Webb.
Imagination is at the heart of artistic endeavour, and the at Stanley Street Gallery assembles the work of a compelling group of artists, all working differently, and each displayed within a 1 metre stretch of wall.
The delicate and moody ink paintings of Cedric Van Eenoo provide a poetic interpretation of the principles of quantum physics and the unstable nature of reality. With his chosen medium, he carries forward the tradition of Chinese ink painting, reminding us of “the connection with ancient Chinese philosophy and the poetic nature of profound matters.”
Christina Thwaites uses photographs as a point of departure for her mixed media works. Using pattern stylistically and symbolically, the subtle narrative of her subject matter is designed to engage us in a dialogue.
Jeff McCann’s whimsical recycled cardboard creations celebrate his devotion to the hand made and radiate a sense of joy, while referencing costume, street and folk art. Jeff is passionately committed to using discarded materials, and enjoys transforming “rubbish” into art. In the process, he challenges us to question our own patterns of consumption.
Amy Dynan’s photorealistic charcoal renderings explore the notion of self using adornment and concealment to raise more questions than they answer. The subjects of these finely observed renderings gaze directly at the viewer, but no contact is made … or is it?
Christine Webb’s recent works have pursued an investigation of the passage of light through transparent objects and the differing light of Italy and Australia. These works continue Webb’s fascination of reflections and cast shadows while paying homage to the 20th century Italian painter, Giorgio Morandi.
Sally Simpson’s process draws on the tradition of humans making sense of the natural world through drawings with local materials. Simpson drawings investigated the fragility of life in an environment in flux.
The evocative paintings of Denis Clarke are made in response to the world around him, and to a life time of questioning and exploring life as he finds it. His wandering lines and energetically rendered colour forms deeply engage the eye and heart as they invite us into their contemplative space.
Derryn Tal’s abstract mixed media paintings are an investigation of cause, effect and change. Figurative elements combine with layered glazes of colour and texture, conjuring captivating dreamscapes that assume meaning the longer they are viewed.
The diverse and thought-provoking group of artists gathered for The Works on Paper 1 Metre Show are curated for maximum visual effect, creating a layered visual conversation that lasts well beyond the gallery walls.