Thursday, March 15, 2012

Artereal Gallery - The Talent Agency & Charles Dennington











I’d not been to Artereal Gallery in some time probably over a year so my return was way overdue and I have to admit but I really like this gallery and should visit more often. The location is a little arty farty, a little alternative and definitely a little posh and you have to be happy with that.

The Talent Agency is the curatorial persona of artist Giles Ryder and ‘Northern Lights’ is a group show of South East Asian art. It’s an interesting selection of paintings, mixed media and video installations. Bringing almost unseen work to the heart of Balmain. There is lots of lovely work in this show but I’m afraid only one work stood out for me and basically it really blew me away.

‘Slow down, on fire’ by Noraset Vaisayakul, canvas, acrylic paint, web cam, laptop, projector and interactive software. It’s a piece that I found romantic and a bit breathtaking, it did take me a bit aback when I first walked into the enclosure, I wasn’t sure what to expect but watched it and watched it watch me and a fire ring would appear on my face. I loved how it was interactive and sensed your presence and I loved the fire ring that hovered over your face. You can see it in action on my video of the show.

This work is still with me as I’m still thinking about it and it would have worked also in a completely darkened room but I kind of liked how it was with it’s soft lighting, quite moody and quite fantastic.

‘When A Thing Becomes A Thing’, by Charles Dennington in the project room. This work is whimsical and wonderful and I can only guess how hard his work process involves as I can see so much thought process, I loved all of the work right down to the tiny ‘Baby Halo’, polymer clay right up to the labour intensive larger work ‘Untitled Studio Arrangement’, polymer clay, found objects and gouache.

These works are wild and show a fabulous sense of humour and a complete understanding of the physical reality, they all could very easily assume a position within an alternate reality to.

Fleur MacDonald

7th March - 31st March 2012
www.artereal.com.au