Saturday, March 16, 2013

Chrissie Cotter Gallery - Kath Fries























Situational shows artist Kath Fries response to her time as artist in residence at Bundanon.  Her work takes the form of site responsive installation, usually of an ephemeral nature and often using delicate materials.


The first time I came into contact with Fries' subtle and delicate installations was at Artscape in 2010, using masses of feathers in the trees.  Currently Fries uses thistle from the area plus also found rock and wood from the site.  She has combined this with photographic documentation and video projection.


The way the exhibition has been installed not only evokes her responses to the surroundings at Bundanon, but insinuates itself into the unique fabric of Chrissie Cottier Gallery, making it doubly "responsive".  Delicate tufts of thistle emerge from the cracks in the wall, then wander down string to collect and nestle on the floor in a corner.  Tiny rocks collected from the site become grand statues evocative of animal and sacred place icons by their framing inside a nook cut out of paper hung in from the ceiling to the floor.  Behind them the fading light of the late afternoon into evening, allows us experience what Kath describes as her favourite time of day during the residency.


This exhibition is part of Art Month Sydney and MOST (Marrickville Open Studio Trail) and ends on 17 March 2013, with an artist talk at the Gallery.


Match sure you catch this show before it fades with the day.

Pamela Lee Brenner
Guest Reviewer for Sydney

7th March - 17th March 2013 
Chrissie Cottier Gallery, Pidcock Street, Camperdown, NSW, Thursday to Sunday 11am - 5pm
http://www.kathfries.com