|Will French, Forever, 2012|
Firstdraft Gallery: June 27- July 14, 2012
For me the work of Will French was the stand-out of the three exhibitions on display. In particular A Million Pieces was especially beautiful. The container held saltwater and sand from Mona Vale Beach with his grandmothers false teeth and an antique Venetian Hotel key ring that was his grandfathers. The sense of nostalgia and family was palpable and I feel the driving force behind this work and what makes it so exceptional. I never would have thought false teeth could be beautiful but in this context they add a personal dimension to the work and a human element.
|Will French, A Million Pieces (detail) 2012|
|Will French, Quite Cavalier, 2012|
Scale replica of 'A Cavalier', a 17th-century Dutch by Frans van Mieris, formally of the Art Gallery of NSW Collection. Current whereabouts is unknown. NFS- Will trade for Volkswagon Van or Livable Yacht.
While the work itself, in isolation, is quite unremarkable, it is the text that gives it character and is what made me take a second look. The insinuation that this is some sort of stolen, precious painting that cannot be sold for anything less than a livable yacht is clever and slightly ingenious.
|CY NORMAN, HEADSPACE, 2012|
|Fernando do Campo, Anagram I, 2011|