Saturday, 30 December 2017

Louise Paramor

Palace of the Republic

National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square

17 November - 12 March 2018

Surprise! this show features NO ceramics. I am breaking this blogs parameters with this amazing show by Louise Pararmor. 

The reason I loved this show and must record it here is that the expression of scultptural issues, range of material and the virtuotic outcomes are so strong. 

Found materials combine into joyous outcomes from the diminutive to the the enormous. In the entry room are Paramor's works with concertina paper. Majestic and baroque vessels that directly relate the the forms in Titanic Jam Session, Supermodels, Stupa and Boom Town. 

Apologies for the lack of labels for which series related to which image, I was so enthralled by the work that I ignored all text. 

As an extra treat listen to the History of Plastic on Rear Vision

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Angela Brennan

Forms of Life

Tuesday 5 Sep 2017 to Sunday 25 Feb 2018

Ian Potter Museum of Art, Parkville

Melbourne painter, Angela Brennan looks to the University of Melbourne’s collection of Greek and Cypriot artefact for inspiration for this exhibition. Work was commissioned body of work, I presume by the Potter. 
I have always admired Brennan's fluent use of colour seen in her painting practice for many decades. In Forms of Life, her skill at making colour pop and sing continues across hand made ceramic forms, text and printed textiles. 
Brennan has transcribed and reinterpreted antiquities (kylix, amphora or lekythos) and pattern (line, cheque), represented in the University's collection and on display alongside Brennan's contemporary work.  

The power of these vessels can be found in Brennan careful balance of seemingly haphazard pattern application and making. This is not unsophisticated making. The naivety of each form calls to question what it is that makes the form a success. It the the translation of the key design elements that are a continuum in ceramic history. Brennan says that she seeks to
'allow the viewer to encounter the temporary instability of the artefact and to recognise how the artefact resists periodisation'.  

Brennan's use of text is fresh and places the artist within the exhibition. Again, the quality of the text is personal and unsophisticated in its application while referring to quoting philosophical thinking.

The addition of textiles is curious, lessening the impact of the ceramics. 





Craft 16 November 2020 - 30 January 2021 (with a 'soft eye' on ceramics) Inside presents a maximalist celebration of contemporary c...