A love for what is current, an eye for aesthetics and an ongoing joy of humour, all seem to be criteria for appreciating the art of artists presented by the Robin Gibson Gallery at Sydney, in a unique and special way.
An upcoming trio of solo exhibitions featuring works by talented ceramicist Karen Choy, innovative painter Guy Gilmour and Sandra Taylor, who having had an earlier career in ceramics, is today painting on paper bags, starts 27 October – 21 November, 2018.
This triumvirate will showcase some wonderfully quirky and very appealing items and, if I was still collecting, works I would want to own.
Sandra Taylor, whose reputation for satirical works was founded in the 70’s, with her paper bags today is taking on shopping as retail therapy and the way to mend a broken heart.
In her artist’s statement, she sums up her achievements…
Once upon a time I made a series of little ceramic hand bags and stamped GUCCI all over them in response to a new fashion phenomena… then, one of these little clay GUCCI bags went on to win itself a prestigious ceramic award in Italy, homeland of Mr Gucci himself. It made news in all the Sydney papers and I was suddenly seen as somebody I hadn’t been the day before. And here I am 40 years down the track picking up on the shopping thing again after realizing… I haven’t travelled very far at all
Darleen, according to the commentary, is a lady very retro in her style…
… and she’s a ‘spiritual lifestyle shopping devotee, who is kept busy showcasing her own particular type of shabby chic…
… and later, she is depicted suspended ‘in a moment of madness’ or ‘could it be divine inspiration’.
When she finds salvation eventually by singing ‘look at me now’…we can see there’s a fire within her soul…
Then there is Bruce… who may be a little more than a ‘total bore’, although perhaps not quite on fire yet!
Guy Gilmour has for his show turned old photos into paintings and a commentary on his city life.. asking the question…
“At what point do our old photos stop being aide-mémoires or historical documents and become prompts for poetic musing or objects of aesthetic enjoyment or even any or all of the above?” he asks?
Love his Seagulls on Coff’s Creek and his Milk Bar on Enmore Road, together with his Ironing board (after Fuseli), which would fit happily on any wall.
The very talented Karen Choy is kept busy reinterpreting animal fables in western culture, while being influenced by Tang Dynasty Chinese ceramics.
She has included an Echidna who has gone Belly Up, showing off her most vulnerable side. Then there is her friend, described as a ‘slippery little sucker’, both having been completed using animal lead glazes.
All Right Vegemite 1, warms the cockles of my heart, featuring a wombat and a cockatoo having an encounter, disposed as they are on a quintessential Aussie ‘thong’.
As I love Chinese Ceramics from this period, I would happily live with any of the appealing works Ms Choy has on display.
J’adore All Right Brussel Sprouts and, who wouldn’t fall in love with Matilda the Wombat with wild flowers on her back.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2018
October 27 – November 21, 2018