Tuesday, 7 August 2012

GUEST POST: Elizabeth Little reviews Harrie Fasher

If Only, Harrie Fasher

Harrie Fasher
The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost)
Maunsell Wickes Gallery: July 31- August 11, 2012 

Harrie Fasher’s second show at Maunsell Wickes Gallery features twelve works that combine elements of both drawing and sculpture. Fasher works with found objects, such as feathers, rusted bits of iron and feathers, which she incorporates into her steel rod sculptures.

Fasher obviously has a huge affinity with horses, and the horse motif figures largely in her art. Dancing to Battle is a steel rod work that takes the shape of the front of a horse, his neck arched and left hoof raised. In The Prowler a horse’s neck and head emerge from a wall, like a steel ghost. Desert Warrior is a smaller sculpture comprised of steel rod and what looks like the pelvic bones of a small mammal, possibly a wallaby. Many of Fasher’s horses are fragments, alluding to a whole animal through a sketch of only part. Desert Warrior with its bony face and two legs could be a new evolution of the horse.
Harrie Fasher, Desert Warrior

I enjoyed the linear quality of these works, and found that they could be read as three dimensional line drawings, as well as sculpture. Under bright lights these sculptures also cast a clear shadow that created a secondary drawing. In contrast to these open line sculptures was a small sturdy porcelain draught horse who drags and strains against the impossible weight of a feather in If Pegasus Broke a Wing…

If Only and Blind Gallop are large works that combine drawing, collage and ink painting, and in which a loosely yet clearly defined line drawing of a horse emerges from an layered open background. Additional texture has been added through the creasing and tearing of the paper.

The title of the show refers to the 1916 poem by Robert Frost, that conclude with the lines…
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Elizabeth Little has a B. Art Theory (Hons)and M Art Admin, COFA UNSW. She lives and works in Sydney.

All images supplied by the writer.

Harrie Fasher, Blind Gallop

Harrie Fasher, The Prowler

Harrie Fasher, If Pegasus Broke a Wing...

Harrie Fasher, Dancing to Battle

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