This is a most exciting mixed group exhibition featuring works by CAROLE FOSTER . JENNY GREEN . ELIZABETH GREEN . MIRIAM INNES JO JOSEPHSEN . DANIELLE McMANUS . KATHRYN McGOVERN REBECCA PIERCE . EDGAR SCHILTER . and WILL MAGUIRE.
It is a mix of works previously seen and new works by some of the favourite artists from the gallery’s stable..I will be concentrating on the new works rather than ones I have already reviewed. The set theme for the exhibition is Black and White and/or works on paper. There is a great variation in size , some taking up almost an entire wall ( eg Miriam Innes with her New York Meandering , full of incredible detail and thrusting diagonal lines of the staircases). Carole Foster with her wonderful landscapes (framed acrylic paintings ) provides swirling textured clouds on the beach and other moody seascapes with large expressive brushstrokes and a vivid use of line and composition . Lost in the Mountains depicts an ominous snowstorm.
Danielle McManus enchants with her wonderful drawings .There is a striking portrait of a barn owl and we see her concern with how people ( with her distinctive depiction of people with large soulful eyes) interact with nature ( eg Fidget the Magpie , The Greeting ).
Among Elizabeth Green’s works included is Nature of the Undoing a strong vertical composition of trees being blown in a tropical storm – you can feel the wind.
Jenny Green has some striking geometric sculptures showing (Connections 1 & 2 for example) .
Julie Hutchings charcoal works are quite atmospheric.( eg Waterfall Chambigne ) Clair Kirkup’s rather Pop-art Saturday Afternoon boldly takes up most of another wall and is full of contrasting shapes patterns and textures.
Kathryn McGovern’s delightful Dog Show series features as well.
Rebecca Pierce’s The Motion of Transition 1 and 2 that I recently reviewed has transferred to this group exhibition.
Two of Josephine Josephsen’s rather large and thrilling works are included – Riding Chock and Windlass, two enticing works that look like sepia coloured movie stills based on The Cape Don , a ship moored at Waverton’s Coal Loader site. It was the first-built, and now the only surviving vessel, of the three Cape class ships commissioned at the NSW State Dockyard in Newcastle in 1963 for the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service to service the many navigational aids and support the manned lighthouses around the Australian coastline.’
Edgar Schilter’s amazingly detailed architectural works and thought provoking bell jar series returns to the gallery as part of this exhibition.
Michael Williamson’s exotic bright and colourful rather surrealist ceramics are also included . A most exciting exhibition.
Black and White/On Paper runs at the Traffic Jam Galleries 3-27 September 2017