Posts Tagged ‘John Nicholson

03
Nov
10

Exhibitions: ‘The Other’ by Titania Henderson at Karen Woodbury Gallery, Richmond, ‘Halftone’ by John Nicholson at Sophie Gannon Gallery, Richmond

Exhibition dates: 19/20th October – 13th November 2010

 

Titania Henderson 'Together II' 2010

 

Titania Henderson (Dutch, b. 1945 emigrated Australia 1956)
Together II
2010
Images courtesy of the artist and Karen Woodbury Gallery

 

 

Two solid exhibitions, ceramics by Titania Henderson at Karen Woodbury Gallery and sculpture by John Nicholson at Sophie Gannon Gallery. Both exhibitions benefit from a straight forward approach to craft – elegant, refined sensibilities that are free from an overly conceptual rendering of ideas; stillness, of form in style, inhabits both bodies of work.

Contemplation is of the essence – in the beautiful, delicate, seemingly fragile shell and tubular mollusc-like bone china structures that, conversely, are physically strong; in the tonal colours of woven amoebic, disc and U-shaped constructions (the Halftone of the exhibition title referring to the loss of colour in digital printing, the longing for sumptuous analogue markings). I liked both exhibitions for the paring down of elements to essentials forming a basis for quiet reflection, a grounding in texture, colour and lightness of form.

Dr Marcus Bunyan

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Many thankx to Karen Woodbury Gallery and Sophie Gannon Gallery for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

 

 

Titania Henderson. 'Silence' 2010

 

Titania Henderson (Dutch, b. 1945 emigrated Australia 1956)
Silence
2010
Images courtesy of the artist and Karen Woodbury Gallery

 

Titania Henderson. 'Remembering' 2010

 

Titania Henderson (Dutch, b. 1945 emigrated Australia 1956)
Remembering
2010
Images courtesy of the artist and Karen Woodbury Gallery

 

Titania Henderson. 'Piled up 1 (yellow)' 2009/10

 

Titania Henderson (Dutch, b. 1945 emigrated Australia 1956)
Piled up 1 (yellow)
2009/10
Images courtesy of the artist and Karen Woodbury Gallery

 

Titania Henderson 'Piled up 2 (yellow)' 2009/10

 

Titania Henderson (Dutch, b. 1945 emigrated Australia 1956)
Piled up 2 (yellow)
2009/10
Images courtesy of the artist and Karen Woodbury Gallery

 

 

Titania Henderson’s exhibition The Other presents a range of ceramic sculptural installations in pure white Bone China that convey a three-dimensional engagement. A fragility and vulnerability resonate through these poignant paper-thin configurations, bringing a sense of clarity and freedom. These hand built works challenge the conception of Bone China as a material only suited for slip casting while also incorporating the use of French Limoges. Henderson’s method involves perseverance, technical proficiency and precision, as she creates her own language of rhythmic ceramic art. There is an inherent translucent character that appeals to elements of shadow and light within the works. This new body of work is based on ideas of the human conscience and larger philosophical ideas beyond the objects themselves and beyond language.”

Text from the Karen Woodbury Gallery website

 

John Nicholson (Australian, b. 1970) 'Cloudpopper' 2010

 

John Nicholson (Australian, b. 1970)
Cloudpopper
2010
Plastic
110 x 38 x 38 cm

 

John Nicholson 'Scan' 2010

 

John Nicholson (Australian, b. 1970)
Scan
2010
Plastic
72 x 128 cm

 

John Nicholson. 'Asymmetric' 2010

 

John Nicholson (Australian, b. 1970)
Asymmetric
2010
Plastic
29 x 70 x 29 cm

 

John Nicholson 'Concept 101' 2010

 

John Nicholson (Australian, b. 1970)
Concept 101
2010
Plastic
35 x 46 x 40 cm

 

John Nicholson. Installation view of 'Halftone' 2010

 

John Nicholson (Australian, b. 1970)
Installation view of Halftone
2010

 

 

Karen Woodbury Gallery

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Sophie Gannon Gallery

2, Albert Street
Richmond, Melbourne

Opening hours: Tues – Saturday 11 – 5pm

Sophie Gannon Gallery website

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12
Sep
09

Review: ‘Connection is Solid’ by John Nicholson at Sophie Gannon Gallery, Richmond, Melbourne

Exhibition dates: 25th August – 19th September 2009

 

John Nicholson. 'Untitled' 2009

 

John Nicholson (Australian, b. 1970)
Aerial Navigation
2009

 

 

You could say that the essence of the cosmos is not matter, it is consciousness.

It is not the external world that is real – it is “maya”, an illusion, for the real world lies within.

These works, with their striations, strata and suspension are emanations of that spirit – projections of the inner reality.

In terms of the ancient Chinese philosophy Lao Tzu we dream the butterfly and the butterfly is us.
If you don’t ‘get’ these works, let go all pretensions and feel their colour as sound, as vibrations of energy.

Submerge yourself in their shape and form. Like DNA structure, a heart beat or the record of a seismic shock these works are music as art, the length of harmony quivering and slipping in our minds, before our eyes.

This is the colour music of Roy De Maistre’s paintings of the 1930’s updated to the 21st century. They are fugues of sound made physical entities, intertwining, coming and going. Here lines, tones and colours are organised in a parallel way – tone after tone, line after line. They are wavelengths of the interior made visible. The connection is solid and fluid at one and the same time; there are many connections to be discovered, many journeys to be made.

I hear them, I like them.

Dr Marcus Bunyan for the Art Blart blog

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Many thankx to Sophie Gannon Gallery for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

 

John Nicholson. 'Under the radar' 2009

 

John Nicholson (Australian, b. 1970)
Under the radar
2009

 

Installation view of 'Connection is Solid' by John Nicholson at Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne

Installation view of 'Connection is Solid' by John Nicholson at Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne

 

Installation views of Connection is Solid by John Nicholson at Sophie Gannon Gallery

 

John Nicholson. 'Thrill seeker' (detail) 2009

 

John Nicholson (Australian, b. 1970)
Thrill seeker (detail)
2009

 

Roy de Maistre (Australian, 1894-1968) 'Arrested Movement from a Trio' 1934

 

Roy de Maistre (Australian, 1894-1968)
Arrested Movement from a Trio
1934
Oil and pencil on composition board
72.3 × 98.8 cm

 

John Nicholson. 'Slip' 2009

 

John Nicholson (Australian, b. 1970)
Slip
2009

 

John Nicholson. 'The wire might sense' 2009

 

John Nicholson (Australian, b. 1970)
The wire might sense
2009

 

John Nicholson. 'Swoop' 2009

 

John Nicholson (Australian, b. 1970)
Swoop
2009

 

Installation view of 'Connection is Solid' by John Nicholson with on the wall 'Satellite Graffitti' (2009) and on the floor 'Cascade' (2009) and 'Swoop' (2009)

 

Installation view of Connection is Solid by John Nicholson with on the wall Satellite Graffitti (2009) and on the floor Cascade (2009) and Swoop (2009)

 

 

Sophie Gannon Gallery
2, Albert Street, Richmond, Melbourne

Opening hours:
Tues – Saturday 11 – 5pm

Sophie Gannon Gallery website

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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, a photographic archive and form of cultural memory, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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