Gallerysmith Presents Kate Ballis, Dadang Christanto, Fiona Hiscock, Susanne Kerr, Waldemar Kolbusz and Catherine Nelson at Sydney Contemporary Explore 2021.
Susanne Kerr's exhibition, Human Traces comprises quiet allegories that mimic life, just as theatre speaks to the human experience. The works present culture and the natural environment in scenes abundant with birds, flowers, ribbons and women to explore social connections – spoken and unspoken – that bind people together, and the double-edged sword of how human survival and the depletion of the earth’s resources are interwoven.
DUE TO LOCKDOWN, THIS EXHIBITION IS NOW ONLY VIEWABLE ONLINE
In 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic offered us one of life’s greatest encounters with darkness. All of our certainties were thrown into question; fear and darkness lurked in the back of our minds.
Dealing with darkness as a subject matter is a timely proposition.
In this time like no other, Gallerysmith has brought together a curated selection of artists' experiences of 2020 with this online exhibition 2020 (REAR) VISION. This exhibition draws artists from both within and beyond Gallerysmith and aims to provide a snapshot, as a social history record of a most unusual and challenging time. It contains work which is reflective, responsive, reactive and importantly, honest.
When observations become form draws upon what ABC international affairs journalist Stan Grant refers to as the three founding realities that comprise Australia: First Nation People, the British tradition, and the richness of migration. A fourth thread evolved during the course of the exhibition, the Australian landscape.
Throughout European history, literature, music and theatre, the black swan has been attributed with dark symbolism, having a sinister and seductive association with evil. In this her first solo exhibition at Gallerysmith, Fernandez repositions the swan, and other emblematic flora and fauna representative of Western Australian identity, as trenchant symbols, to explore dark undertones of the state's brutal history.
After bushfires which ravaged large parts of Victoria and New South Wales in 2019/20, Fiona Hiscock considers the fauna impacted by these catastrophic events through loss of habitat. Her large scale ceramic vessels provide the canvas upon which she paints a range of native bird species and plants from coastal Victoria, from far east Gippsland to the Otway forest.
Photographed on the Isle of Skye using a converted full spectrum camera and an infrared filter, Kate Ballis reinstates Scotland’s mythological fairies as a statuesque powerful goddesses. The series considers the myth of Cailleach who created the mountains with fire and carved them with ice, and depicts this with blood like feminine forms.
Simply titled Colour, Jennifer Goodman's newest body of work examines colour relationships and compositions in a bid to tease out the primary drivers of her work. This exhibition comprises large scale paintings, complemented by some smaller works on linen, exquisite tapestries and delicate works on paper.
Throughout the history of the world civilisations have used botanical symbols and images. They have woven their forms into the cultural fabric of societies, embedding self and community expression through literature and art to form an unspoken crypto logical language... floriography - the language of flowers.
“There can be no transforming of darkness into light, of apathy into movement without emotion.”1
Flock is an ambitious series of figurative paintings by Rachel Coad which revisit the warm, muted palette that dominated her early practice.
The subjects of these works are French backpackers who passed through Margaret River on their Australian travels. In exchange for board and lodging, Coad retained them as sitters in the studio, where she sketched, photographed and painted them....
The Divine Paradox draws upon elements of the Australian landscape to examine the fragility and strength of the human condition. Working both en plein air and in the studio, Charmaine Pike employs landforms as a vehicle for a dialogue on emotional states through personified rock-like formations which lean inwards and out, often precariously placed within bold compositions to create visual tension between space and form.