Posts Tagged ‘Pamela Rataj

13
Apr
10

Four exhibitions in Albert Street, Richmond: Pamela Rataj at Anita Traverso Gallery, Claudia Damichi at Sophie Gannon Gallery, Steve Randall at John Buckley Gallery and Robert Boynes at Karen Woodbury Gallery

April 2010

 

Four interesting exhibitions in Albert Street, Richmond – from the beautiful, formed leather sculptures of Pamela Rataj to the wonderfully vibrant tropical bird, chair and decorative pattern paintings of Claudia Damichi; from the intensely observed canvas environments of Steve Randall to the post-photographic silk-screen textualisations of Robert Boynes. Well worth a visit on a Saturday afternoon!

As always, many thankx to the galleries for allowing me to publish the images in this posting. Please click on the images for a larger version.

  • Pamela Rataj. The Morphology of Forgetting at Anita Traverso Gallery. 7th April – 1st May 2010
  • Claudia Damichi. The Bitter Sweet at Sophie Gannon Gallery. 30th March – 25th April 2010
  • Steve Rendall. Security, Storage and Recreation at John Buckley Gallery. 8th April – 1st May 2010
  • Robert Boynes. Postscript at Karen Woodbury Gallery. 7th April – 1st May 2010

 

Pamela Rataj. The Morphology of Forgetting at Anita Traverso Gallery

7th April – 1st May 2010

 

Pamela Rataj. 'Tangent Bundle' 2009

 

Pamela Rataj
Tangent Bundle
2009

 

Pamela Rataj. 'Ravel' 2009

 

Pamela Rataj
Ravel
2009

 

Pamela Rataj. 'Kairos' 2009

 

Pamela Rataj
Kairos
2009

 

 

How to draw a boundary between self and other, past time and today?

Patterns and forms in nature often resemble one another, connecting life forms in unexpected ways. Tide lines left in the sand resemble the grains found in a piece of wood, and the veins in a leaf or those in a hand.

The age lines in the trunk of a tree form as each outer layer covers the one preceding it and echoes its shape. This makes me think of the way past experience resurfaces as memory, receding or becoming more important at different times in our lives, as each new experience envelopes our previous states of being and yet is shaped by them.

The wrapped and layered forms in The Morphology of Forgetting explore coexistence and connection.

I dedicate this exhibition to my parents, whose recent deaths have helped me appreciate memory as a way to connect through time.

Pamela Rataj 2010

Press release from the Anita Traverso Gallery website [Online] Cited 10/04/2010 no longer available online

 

Pamela Rataj. 'Faisceaux 1' 2009

 

Pamela Rataj
Faisceaux 1
2009

 

Pamela Rataj. 'Faisceaux 4' 2009

 

Pamela Rataj
Faisceaux 4
2009

 

Claudia Damichi. The Bitter Sweet at Sophie Gannon Gallery

30th March – 25th April 2010

 

Claudia Damichi. 'Birds eye' 2010

 

Claudia Damichi
Birds eye
2010
Acrylic on canvas
46 x 41 cm

 

Claudia Damichi. 'Star Gazer' 2009

 

Claudia Damichi
Star Gazer
2009
Acrylic on canvas
46 x 41 cm

 

Claudia Damichi. 'Gridlock' 2010

 

Claudia Damichi
Gridlock
2010
Acrylic on canvas
41 x 46 cm

 

Claudia Damichi. 'Reading between the lines' 2010

 

Claudia Damichi
Reading between the lines
2010
Acrylic on canvas
46 x 41 cm

 

 

Claudia Damichi’s surrealist still life paintings are characterised by vivid colours, elaborate patterns and distorted spatial proportions. In her paintings of domestic interiors, flowers, birds and furniture, colour is inflated and scale is playfully manipulated – solitary domestic interiors are reconfigured into places of fantasy and illusion. Inspired by the enduring aesthetic of modern industrial design, her surreal and theatrically staged scenarios self-consciously conjure a sense of the absurd. Graphic patterning, high-croma colour and whimsical compositions foster worlds that are at once playful and claustrophobic, satirical and real, tapping into an ambiguous nostalgia that leaves the viewer feeling that anything is possible.

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Claudia Damichi. 'Look out' 2010

 

Claudia Damichi
Look out
2010
Acrylic on canvas
46 x 56 cm

 

Steve Rendall. Security, Storage and Recreation at John Buckley Gallery

8th April – 1st May 2010

 

Steven Rendall. 'Archive 1' 2010

 

Steven Rendall
Archive 1
2010
Oil on linen

 

Steven Rendall. 'Archive 2' 2010

 

Steven Rendall
Archive 2
2010
Oil on linen

 

 

Citing the British artist Walter Sickert as an important influence on his painterly style, Rendall’s work displays a form and content that has attracted the attention of both critics and collectors. A key work in the exhibition is a large-scale painting on un-stretched linen titled Fountain (Rosemary’s Baby) that sprawls across 4.5m. Certain fountains, along with other apparently arbitrary images of television monitors, speedboats, clothing racks, shelving units and museum interiors are recurring motifs in Rendall’s paintings.

Rendall aims to ‘collect and synthesise’ images from around his home and en route to and from his Brunswick studio. Passing observations of window displays, charity shops and various light industrial warehouses are registered and recorded in conjunction with the accumulation of promotional flyers spruiking leisure activities and museum experiences. This shambolic collection of images is transcribed into an array of compositions in Rendall’s paintings. Images occasionally materialise in unlikely places, such as the spectral diver’s head that is resting on a warehouse shelf in the appropriately titled Storage.

In the exhibition Security, Storage and Recreation, you are invited to enter the image bank of Steven Rendall; a ‘wake in fright’ experience where one can become immersed and caught up in the maelstrom of the artist’s visual language – a sequence of painterly dreams each similar yet different to the last.”

Press release from the John Buckley Gallery website [Online] Cited 10/04/2010 no longer available online

 

Steven Rendall. 'Flat Screens (Green)' 2010

 

Steven Rendall
Flat Screens (Green)
2010
Oil on linen

 

Steven Rendall. 'Pipes' 2010

 

Steven Rendall
Pipes
2010
Oil on linen

 

Steven Rendall. 'Claustrophobia' 2010

 

Steven Rendall
Claustrophobia
2010
Oil on linen

 

Steven Rendall. 'Redacted 2' 2010

 

Steven Rendall
Redacted 2
2010
Oil on linen

 

Robert Boynes. Postscript at Karen Woodbury Gallery

7th April – 1st May 2010

 

Robert Boynes. 'Street Runner' 2010

 

Robert Boynes
Street Runner
2010
Acrylic on canvas and velvet
120 x 242 cm

 

Robert Boynes. 'Days that we forgot' 2010

 

Robert Boynes
Days that we forgot
2010
Acrylic on canvas

 

Robert Boynes. 'Signal Driver' 2010

 

Robert Boynes
Signal Driver
2010
Acrylic on canvas and velvet
120 x 190 cm

 

 

Postscript is Robert Boynes’ second solo exhibition with Karen Woodbury Gallery. This series continues with his exploration of urban themes, contemporary experience and experimentation into ways of using paint. In this most recent body of work Robert has employed the use of text in juxtaposition to various materials such as wood and velvet. The text conveys a feeling of noise and urban clatter, acting as a context and environment for the figures within the work.

His technique involves transferring photographic images to large silk screens and dragging paint through the mesh onto canvas. Robert thus has control in the manipulation of colour, density and translucency of the images. This process results in still moments that magnify and investigate everyday observable reality. The anonymous figures are juxtaposed with text and layering of saturated, contrasting colours, appearing objectified and ghostly.

These works embody a filmic quality, the multi-panelled paintings signify fragmented narratives and enquire into perceptions of time and space.

Text from the Karen Woodbury Gallery website [Online] Cited 10/04/2010 no longer available online

 

Robert Boynes. 'Body Type' 2 2010

 

Robert Boynes
Body Type 2
2010
Acrylic on canvas

 

Robert Boynes. 'Body Type 3' 2010

 

Robert Boynes
Body Type 3
2010
Acrylic on canvas

 

Robert Boynes. 'Things we leave behind' 2009

 

Robert Boynes
Things we leave behind
2009
Acrylic on canvas
120 x 180 cm

 

Robert Boynes. 'The layered moment' 2009

 

Robert Boynes
The layered moment
2009
Acrylic on canvas

 

Robert Boynes. 'Postscript' 2009

 

Robert Boynes
Postscript
2009
Acrylic on canvas
120 x 124 cm

 

 

All galleries have closed except for Sophie Gannon Gallery, Richmond.

Sophie Gannon Gallery
2 Albert Street Richmond VIC 3121 Australia
Phone: +61 3 9421 0857

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.

Marcus Bunyan black and white archive: ‘Mask’ 1994

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