Antipodean arty followers may well be aware and acknowledge it was recently Mental Health Week in Australia. As an advocate of everything visual, art as a form of expression may be felt on so many levels. Either as an artisan, admirer or art collector, if the works moves you, it has done its job.
An old-fashioned gal at heart, I am drawn toward the time honoured tradition of painting and sculpture seen below. Many creatives struggle to balance their equilibrium, often working best in cycles of production, sometimes prolifically, often painstakingly. Through creative processes people express their unique experiences for which sometimes there are no words. Although, the artists’ eye always belies the truth – what would I have done differently?
Kathryn Ryan,States of Grace, 2012 Oil on Linen, 82 x 61cm
“Winter landscapes of South West Victoria, misty and foggy, rain soaked paddocks, cows sheltering under cypress hedges planted as windbreaks. Weather beaten old pines and newly planted cypress trees, undulating paddocks opening up to vast skies and views to the horizon. An evocative, subdued and quiet landscape. The light breaking through clouds, and the glow of a fading evening light, the rise of light in to the day, the last light before nightfall… Light paints the landscape for me… the differing mood and contemplative mystery enhanced by the changing light” – Artist Kathryn Ryan.
Michael Peck, Passage, 2014, Oil on birch, 100 x 100 cm
Recent Suliman prize finalist, painter Michael Peck participates in a project of world making, creating spaces so intimate that the viewer cannot help but to feel as if they have stumbled upon a scene not meant for their eyes. His works embody a photographic stillness suggesting a caught moment in the midst of flurried action. There is a calm that belies the activity within, birds’ wings and flowing creeks all temporarily stilled.
Petrina Hicks, The Hand That Feeds, 2013, Diptych (Part 1 & Part 2), Pigment print, Edition of 8
With extensive awards and grants for her large-scale, hyper-real photographs and video works, Hicks’ prints are as beautiful as they are unsettling. Her slick, stylized images at once entice and disconcert the viewer. At first glance her luminous works draw you in, much like the sensuous advertising imagery they reference and co-opt. Yet look closer and subtle ruptures and ambiguities surface, unsettling the promise of perfection embedded in each image. In so doing, Hicks weighs in on photograph’s dual role as both truth-teller and perpetrator of fictions.
Alyssa Black, 2014, oil on board, P.O.A
Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen of Dinosaur Designs, Loop, 2014, Resin, 89.0 x 94.0 x 2.5 cm
‘The exhibition is a fusion of art, design and fashion’ explains Stephen of this body of work, which marks new territory for Dinosaur Designs. ‘For this show, we’ve created large sculptural pieces that reference our wearable collections and reinforce the textural and artful aesthetic in our work’ Stephen continues. ‘This exhibition has given us the opportunity to present our pieces in a gallery context, and has given us the freedom to play with scale and emphasise the relationship between form and colour of our pieces” – Artist Stephen Ormandy.
Eolo Paul Bottaro, 2011, The Thinker, Oil on linen on board, dia, SOLD.
Phillip Stokes, Streaming III, 2014, Hot Glass Size: Various. Commissioned works: P.O.A.
Stimulated by the sculptural possibilities of human form and the organisation of musculature, Philip creates dialogue between the viscous and sinuous qualities of the glass medium. The Streaming Series explores the dynamic fluid and continuous movement of life. Stokes’ latest works are playful groupings excited by fire and inspired by the dance and rhythms of life which are captured in the moment and remain in the colours and contours of the glass forever.
Alexander McKenzie, The Precedent, 2014, Oil on Linen, 71 x 91cm SOLD
“This work continues my exploration of an implied narrative taking place within a landscape. The suggested journey and choices of direction in each of these paintings reflect the decisions – both temporal and spiritual – that all of us must make in our lives” – Artist Alexander McKenzie.
See what people think. Many of us get lost in words. The art is to me an immediate and intimate description of a moment.
It is a pure expression of a complex range of emotions. The ability to communicate has also the potential to heal and further understand the depth of our human condition. Kinda blue? Kinda good!