New Gallery Artists
05.08.09 to 29.08.09
Featuring the work of four artists new to the Karen Woodbury Gallery stable, New Gallery Artists showcases works by Michael Cusack, Marie Hagerty, Titania Henderson and Philip Wolfhagen. Largely working in abstract modes and minimal palettes, the exhibition will initiate a dialogue between the artists and across the different media of painting and sculpture that contemplate landscapes of the mind, nature and beauty.
In his signature minimalist approach, Michael Cusack will be presenting three abstract paintings that suggest landscapes in soft focus. Each work is potentially a geography of cerebral experience. The restrained tonal palette allows Cusack to explore this terrain via subtle graphic detail. Texture is built upon the canvases with drawing, smudging and scratching techniques in paint and mixed media. The viewer’s eye is continuously taken on an exploration of trajectories from one detail to the next.
The eye is further directed along bold planes and overlapping layers in the seductive surfaces of Marie Hagerty’s paintings. Hagerty’s work creates an atmosphere of contemplation. Shapes are manipulated through shading and linework to convey a three-dimensional quality. Her paintings have been described as oscillating between the figurative and the abstract as forms appear familiar yet also indistinguishable. Bright colours punctuate sections of the paintings stimulating the eye.
Titania Henderson’s four ceramic sculptural installations in pure white Bone China 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. Henderson’s method involves perseverance, technical proficiency and precision, as she creates her own language of rhythmic ceramic sculpture. There is an inherent translucent character that appeals to elements of shadow and light within the works.
Light is also picked up in the work of leading Australian landscape painter, Philip Wolfhagen. Bush scrub, leafy tree branches and paddocks are set on a background of sunsets and sunrises as natural light is explored. Wolfhagen’s paintings examine themes of memory, change and continuity through everyday observations. A personal interpretation of the natural world is depicted as scenes are painted based on familiar moods and emotional responses. The ‘feeling’ of place and awe associated with breathtaking scenes dominates his creative investigations.