Robin Gibson Gallery: June 1 - 26, 2013
Each year Robin Gibson selects a handful of students from the art school graduation exhibitions and puts them on show in his Darlinghurst gallery. This year the chosen few are Caitlin Casey, Simon Hodgson, Eugenia Ivanissevich, Allison Marie Low, Elizabeth Rankin, Angela Welyczko and Mirra Whale. They have been drawn from College of Fine Arts (UNSW), Royal College of Art, London and the National Art School, Sydney.
While the exhibition has no overarching theme, what is clear is that these emerging artists all have interesting ideas. Additionally they all understand how to use technical skills and formal qualities of composition, colour, shape, size to express these ideas.
Mirra Whale examines the everyday and the overlooked in her detailed prints and etchings. Allison Marie Low series of drawings, Oddlings, looks at the experiences of childhood and reminded me of Hillaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales for Children. Elizabeth Rankin’s paintings deal with memories of women during the 1930s and 1940s. Simon Hodgson’s sculptures play on the gallery maxim of ‘look, don’t touch’. They somehow manage to invite you to play on and in them, like a set of playground monkeybars, while their gallery setting prevents any physical contact.
Caitlin Casey, Eugenia Ivanissevich and Angela Welyczko all use photography in different ways. Eugenia Ivanissevich creates collages and small scale installations which she then photographs. Angela Welyczko’s images examine the world of collecting and document preservation, and appealed to my inner archivist, while Casey examines the use of photographs as a document of a journey in Untitled # 1 (An Englishman’s Journey).
|Alison Marie Low|
|Alison Marie Low|
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.