Wednesday, 6 May 2015

David Ray: Trickster

Anna Pappas Gallery
7 April - 9 May 2015

Exciting solo exhibition by David Ray at his new gallery-home Anna Pappas.
Ray continues to play loosey-goosey with his construction technique this time using torn clay pieces.
This construction give the work a light touch and dynamic energy that would make Duchamp & Boccioni proud.
Trickster also includes his familiar vessel works, loaded with decal and hand painted details.

Gallery view


Ivan Grape

Figure 1


Some old modernist fellas

A sense of fragility and slap-dash nonchalance plays out among this fantastic new collection of ceramic sculptures by David Ray. His urns, vessels and figures draw upon traditional, finely honed techniques and skill sets, only to subvert and generally screw around with form. His figures are wonderfully deft and sophisticated in their sense of proportion and gesture, yet their details and construction – shavings, flakes and blobs of earthenware – are unlikely in their messiness. Some of the vessels utilise found objects and decals, while other bask in bizarre, abstracted enamel detailing. The figures take a particularly larrikin form – as the show's title alludes – and are a highlight. NGV curator Max Delany wasn't wrong when he recently suggested that wonky ceramics were the new video, but an artist like Ray shows the difference between good and bad grunge. These works are astute and chaotic, clever and goofy; we read them as fragile, antiquated objects and unapologetic shits and giggles.
Until May 9; Anna Pappas Gallery, 2-4 Carlton Street, Prahran, 9521 7300,


Sunday, 3 May 2015

Nearness: Anna Varendorff & Kim Jaegar

Mr Kitly
17 March - 3 May 2015

Approximately once a month Andrew Basement sends out his latest blog entry: Past Imperfect, the art of inventive repair. Historical ceramics that have suffered a major injury are carefully & creatively cajoled into service again with the addition of metal rivets, straps & wires. An ingenious metal worker performs the miracle of putting 'humpty back together again'.

Anna Varendorff & Kim Jaeger's recent exhibition Nearness at Mr Kitly reminds me of the intimate collaboration that Past Imperfect blog celebrates. Similarly Varendorff''s brass wire and ribbon plays the supportive role, acknowledging ceramic weight & its dodgy ability to stand sturdily unless flat bottomed. Varendorff's brass additions also add to the whimsy by framing the assemblage, adding angel-like hallows or caliper-like suports to Jaeger's 'disabled' figures. Known for her Pot Heads range, Jaegar's hapless figures seem curiously happy with their lot in life. The ceramic colour scheme beautifully compliments Varendorff's brass.

I enjoy that this exhibition had the process of collaboration at the creative heart of these assemblages. Neither clay nor metal would be complete without its buddy-material near to complete it. Nearness makes a 'ponderance' of what came first, the vessel from the kiln then the metal to enfold, I imagine!

Jo & Alex

Serena & Luca



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