Sunday, August 7, 2011

Robin Gibson Gallery - Paper Trail












I wonder where we would all be without paper, particularly as Artist’s who work primarily with paper, but at the same time Artist’s that don’t. We all need it no matter what we are doing. This show offers us a diverse collection of works on paper or made with paper, 19 Artist’s have created some beautiful works and lovingly curated by the lovely Carl Lykert.

John Di Stefano has created some sweet work, I liked his ‘Untitled (Abdomen), 2011, Polaroid pigment transfer on Fabriano 100% cotton paper, it looks like a geographical map with the colours he has used and this technique is rather interesting. Another very interesting and I would consider delightful work is ‘Observance’, (1000 hand-cut paper leaves) watercolour on paper by Nick Collerson, this work is quite lovely, I like how it just looks like someone has swept them all into the corner and how each leaf is an identity within itself...

The photo-lithographs by Flora Parrott are another loved use of paper, connecting 2 mediums to create a diverse response. The repeated blurred portraits by Seth Birchall offer us a moment perhaps in the life of a portrait or just an abstracted view. The greatness of Elwyn Lynn, there is not much I can say except I have not seen a work that I didn’t like, I dare to say he started it all...

‘I need to stop making mountains out of molehills’, watercolour and pencil on Aquarelle Arches paper by James Dorahy is just beautiful, a tiny landscape on a vast piece of paper, and I’m a sucker for watercolours. ‘Lizotica’, graphite and colour pencil, acrylic and collage on 16 page concertina diary by Maryanne Wick is a stunning piece, vibrant luscious colours and the lizards look like they are wearing knitted fashion items... If you want to know more about this particular work then check out the extra video on this post of Maryanne talking about her piece, as she has done well and I thank her again for being so gracious...

The watercolour works on paper by Helen Poyser are quite delightful, watercolour is one of my favourite mediums to use, it spreads the colour in the perfect way and these works show a strong sense of control as you can very easily slip up with it. ‘Timed drawing from Gateway Building’, pencil on paper by Gina Bruce is a wonderful piece as viewed from lofty heights.

‘LA’, coloured pencil and graphite on paper by Addison Marshall is to die for, love his work always, it evokes mystery and fascination and his technique will go down in history. The other Master of paper in this show would have to be Brett Whiteley, his exuberant painting style and lifestyle gave us all something to think about. ’23 year old boy chokes to death on monstrously large strawberry’, etching, sugarlift, spitbite on velin arche by Jason Phu is a monster of a work both in content, medium and size...

Just can’t go past ‘L’antichambre’, ink on paper by David Eastwood, it’s a stunningly beautiful piece and I could have stood infront of it for hours on end, after all David is a ‘Master’ and a hell of a nice bloke too. ‘Head of Fairweather’, etching by Lawrence Daws is another beauty as it’s dark and brooding and reclusive like the subject. Marian Drew’s ‘Emu with 2 drawn bowls’, photomedia evokes a sense of sadness, it also is a beauty...

‘Portraits’, paper and pencil on paper by C & R Eaves is quietly spoken but loud in content. The interesting series of works by David Capra is delightful, meaningful and thought provoking. And Cash Brown, where would we be without your sly humour, controversy that follows through your work, we need you to do what you do, it keep’s us on our toes.

‘Exterior 1 & 2’, mixed media on paper by Criena Court are really lovely pieces, I looked closer and closer and found more media involvement, I initially thought they were drawings but they are more and more...

Thank you to Carl for his keen eye and his attention to detail and bringing this selection to all of us, so if your in Sydney get along to see it as it closes on the 17th August...

written by fleur

23rd July - 17th August 2011
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