|Gemma O'Brien (L-R) Paraphanelia: Feather (Y), Rope (O) & Worship (T) 2011|
Greg Sindel, Robert 'Thom' Smith, Mathew Calandra, James Taylor, Gemma O'Brien, Sydney Guild: Christopher Hodge, Hossein Ghaemi, Amelia Wallin.
The Paper Mill: November 22- 29, 2011
FourxFour presents the responses from artists who participated in The Paper Mill's 2011 Residency Program. The artist's & collectives involved were invited to use the studio space for their own practice but to also engage with the broader community through events and programs. FourxFour is the result.
I found this exhibition to be very 50/50 in terms of quality and innovation. While some works were exceptional, others fell short, making FourxFour and exhibition of extremes. However in true Paper Mill style, it was beautifully executed.
|Gemma O'Brien, Paraphanelia: Worship (T) (detail) 2011|
|Gemma O'Brien + Workshop Attendees, Alphabetic Order, Zine: Edition of 26|
|Gemma O'Brien, An alphabet created by the letter drawing workshop|
Gemma O'Brien's work focuses heavily on typography and the detail, particularly in Paraphanelia: Feather (Y), Rope (O) & Worship (T), is stunning. For me her work was the standout of the exhibition. The results of the typography workshops O'Brien held during her residency are also on display and I was pleasantly surprised at the drastic degree to which the styles of typography varied.
Greg Sindel's Ghostly ARTES: Three Tales of Terror is absorbing. The graphic novelist demonstrates great skill with a pen and his story unfolds through cleverly crafted characters. For a sum (any amount you feel appropriate) you can purchase one of his mini publications as a piece of 'take- home' art. The way in which the work was displayed on the wall was overwhelming and there is sense that there is simply not enough time to fully appreciate it all. But it's worth taking the time.
|Robert 'Thom' Smith, Untitled Coneheads, 2011|
|Setting up for The Last Stand|
I was not entirely convinced by the work of Robert 'Thom' Smith and James Taylor. Both the medium used and its execution seemed juvenile to me and reminded me of drawings my mother might have kept from my Primary School days. But perhaps that's the point. Either way, when pitched with such detailed work as O'Brien & Sindel it's difficult not to see it as somewhat lacking- however this could be seen as a curatorial fault- but given it was a residency exhibition the selection was fairly pre- determined. Like I said, 50/50.
|James Taylor, Untitled, 2011|
|Greg Sindel, Ghostly ARTES: Three Tales of Terror, 2011|