Monday, 2 September 2013

There's no place like Rome: Todd Fuller

Todd Fuller, Untitled 3 (Postcards to the Pope) 2013, chalk, charcoal, watercolour + acrylic on paper, 30 x 40cm. Courtesy of Brenda May Gallery. 


Todd Fuller
There's no place like Rome
Brenda May Gallery: August 20 - September 7, 2013

After winning the 2013 William Fletcher Travelling Fellowship, Todd Fuller spent several months at the British School in Rome. His current exhibition at Brenda May Gallery speaks of his experiences during this period, with the Pope his primary protagonist. Themes of power and burden hang heavy in the work as well as addressing topical issues currently surrounding the Catholic Church such as sexuality.

With his usual flare Fuller manages to capture the essence of spiritual meditation. It's the looks on the spiritual figures faces, a look of reticence and calm acceptance, that Fuller captures so perfectly. The introduction of colour, in particular red, is breaking new ground for the artist and adds another dimension to the series of work. In religious circles, red is seen as the colour of fire and so symbolises the power of God.

With influences from Giacomo Manzu and Ignazio Jacometti evident, particularly with Fuller's sculptural works, there is a sense that, despite the subject matter, these are not religious works - at least, that is not all they are - to pigeonhole them as such would be too obvious. Spirituality is not relegated to religion alone.

It is as if Fuller is giving us a glimpse into a secret world, a forgotten realm often whispered about but rarely proclaimed out loud. While not exactly beautiful it is fragile and therein lies its beauty.


Todd Fuller, Untitled 1 (Postcards to the Pope) 2013, chalk, charcoal, watercolour + acrylic on paper, 78.5 x 108cm. Courtesy of Brenda May Gallery.

Todd Fuller, The lobby, 2013, oil, pigment + copper on terracotta, 39 x 14 x 22cm. Courtesy of Brenda May Gallery.
Todd Fuller, Untitled 5 (Postcards to the Pope) 2013, chalk, charcoal, watercolour + acrylic on paper, 78.5 x 108cm. Courtesy of Brenda May Gallery.

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