Wednesday, June 29, 2011

James Dorahy Project Space - Fifth







Just needed some time for this show to sink in and for me to get over a nasty bout of flu...

This is a really beautiful show, one of the best I have seen so far at this gallery, James Dorahy has collected some wonderful unique artist’s during his 5 years in his Potts Point gallery and to mark his fifth year we are invited to enjoy this diverse collection in all it’s glory...

I’m going to go to town on this post and gush as much as I want as I love all the artist’s...

‘A World’, watercolour on paper by Stephanie Monteith, is a very sensitive painting with her subject being a skeleton, like an x-ray of day to day life. I was introduced to Stephanie’s work way back in 2006 when I bought a tiny little painting called ‘Heat Wave’ and have since purchased another and have become a firm fan of her work...

Ali Noble’s ‘Woobley-Booble’, felt, interfacing, glue and foam core, which jumps out of the wall with a big hello in it’s striking fluro orange felt, seriously I just wanted to run my fingers over this one. ‘An act of disappearance I &II’, animal hide gesso on MDF, liquid graphite, ink wood by Sherna Teperson is another wonderful example of how her brain works, I purchased 1 of her works in 2006 of a thought bubble made out of green erasers and just love it...

‘SYMBIOSIS, Untitled #14’, polypropylene, wire, acrylic rod, by Annie Aitken reminds me of a plastic jellyfish, 1 that has been made with an attention to detail with more lean to the whimsical, it’s soft and delicate and dances with your breath. The glorious green oil & wax on canvas ‘Untitled (blue/green study)’ by Antonia Radich evokes memories of lush green pastures and green green grass between my toes. ‘Tukutuku’ & ‘Fabricate’, acrylic on marine ply by Julie Krone, are modules for life, perfect in size and strategy, each one telling its own story...

‘Subterranean Promise’, acrylic on wood by Nuha Saad is a sheer delight as has all of her works that have hung in the gallery. When I first saw her work I had thought Nuha has a wonderful understanding of wood, taking off cuts from building sites of skirting boards and architraves and rebuilding them into miniature structures giving them a new infusion and a new life. Antlers abound in the floor and wall mounted ‘Opiliones Rising’ and ‘Daddlylongreach’, both tinted varnish on wood by Paul Donald, these works aren’t meant to be touched but test your need to touch them just like those wall mounted animal heads that are just to high up the wall to touch...

Somebody get me a gun now, and make it a magnum.. ‘Toy Soldier (Grey Day)’, stainless steel, high gloss auto paint, shotgun hole. This work is actually quite beautiful, if you have a look at it from the side the ripped metal glistens in the light, it’s glossy and anything that glossy I always want to lick it. How cool it was to see work by Alexander James, after being introduced to his work At The Vanishing Point, ‘Laskar Sailor (Autumn 1797), type c photographs I fell in love with his story telling and these 2 works are just to die for, creating a snapshot from the past into the future...

It’s time to get down onto my knees with my arms outstretched and bow to the ‘Cotton Yarn Queen’ Sarah Newall, her work is just so beautiful, I have gushed about it before and I am still gushing about it. ‘Lotus flower & Lily pad (white & blue)’, cotton yarn, acrylic, pine and plywood, delicate, playful and sensual all rolled into one...

I have bought about 15 works from this gallery since 2006, past and present artists and planning not to stop. James Dorahy has a wonderful keen eye, he’s enthusiastic and not only is he the Director but also an Artist too, I like that, he has an understanding of what an Artist needs and a wonderful sense of humour as you can see in his ‘Economy Class (G8)’, lightbox, vinyl, power coated aluminum...

‘Untitled Diagram’, oil on linen by Marita Fraser is subtle but affective. ‘Birthmarks (Black)’, type c photograph by Nairn Scott is an amazing close up of the birth of a plastic bottle, unbelievable!!!

There is more wonderful works in the office, so take your time as you walk around the gallery but make sure you study each piece, as this is a very colourful exhibition and I’m putting it down in black and white...

Written by Fleur

14th June - 10th July 2011
www.jamesdorahy.com.au