Photographic Art | Brian Rope
| Various Artists: Alan Charlton, Alan Pomeroy, Andrea Bryant, Andree Lawrey, Ann
Gibbs-Jordan, Anne Eldridge, Barb Smith, Brenda Runnegar, Brian Rope, Caroline
Lemerle, Chris Holly, Dorothy Zenz, Eva van Gorsel, Geoff Meers, Helen McFadden,
John Forsey, Judy Parker, Julie Garran, Louise Bagger, Margaret Stapper, Marion
Milliken, Matt James, Michael N King, Nicky Bazley-Smith, Pam Rooney, Paul
Carpenter, Phil McFadden, Sheila Lunter, Steven Shaw, Susan Henderson, and Tongbo
M16 Artspace | 21 May – 6 June
the author of this review has two works in the exhibition but received no
payment for the review.
This is the first exhibition presented by Canberra
PhotoConnect, a relatvely new group. The catalogue tells us The strange
events of recent times have reminded us how important it is to stay connected
with each other, family and places. Visitors to the gallery are invited to
celebrate the diversity and joy of connections.
It is difficult to individually comment on all 66 works in the exhibition, so I will not try to; rather, I will look at particular works that attracted my attention for various reasons.
Louise Bagger’s Portrait of Joshua is a very fine portrait. It is intense, dark and moody all at once. There is an obvious connection between subject and artist.
Louise bagger - Portrait of Joshua
Helen McFadden’s artworks combining photgraphs with scans of
sketches are beautifully created and enhanced by being their printing.
|Helen McFadden - Gloriosa study
Nicky Bazley-Smith’s Rhythm of the Trees is delightful
with four well-placed humans in a beautiful landscape photographed when the
lighting effectively brought out the textures and forms before a brooding sky.
Nicky Bazley-Smith - Rhythm of the Trees
Judy Parker’s Burning is richly coloured leaving us in
no doubt that we are viewing, and connecting with, a representation of fire
even if we are unsure of what she actually has photographed.
Judy Parker - Burning
Julie Garran’s black and white Children Play images
are powerful. The boy child at play shots are quite disturbing as he holds and “uses”
a powerful-looking toy (hopefully) weapon. The connections between play and
real world are clear.
Julie Garran - Children Play II
Eva van Gorsel’s De-Constructed series are further
fine examples of this talented artist’s works.
|Eva van Gorsel - DeConstructed IV
Caroline Lemerle’s Monaro in drought 2019 is displayed in between two pf Margaret Stapper’s images. The three work well together and portray aspects of connections to the rural landscape.
Caroline Lemerle - Monaro in drought
Margaret Stapper - 'Disconnected', Coleambally, NSW
Marion Milliken shows just one work, Jeffrey Smart Space.
She has not copied, or even imitated, Smart, but has perhaps paid some small
personal homage to him by creating a work that “connects” to his.
Marion Milliken - JeffreySmart Space
Steven Shaw’s images from Kolmanskop, a tourist destination ghost
town in the Namib in southern Namibia, are worthy contributions. The broken
foot in particular is worth contemplating with respect to the connection
between the bathtub and the painting on the wall above it.
Steven Shaw - Kolmanskop - The broken foot
Susan Henderson’s Autumn leaves, 2020 is a clever work,
showing the fallen evidence of the season on a patchwork of pavers enhanced by
colourful art. There is an interesting connection between the colours of the
various elements in the artwork.
Susan Henderson - Autumn Leaves
Barb Smith’s somewhat mysterious red, blue and green
Mythologies series provides a connection with past technologies, as they are
Inkjet prints made from scans of C41 photographs.
Barb Smith - Mythologies II Life
Phil McFadden’s Stone Pull, Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
India, 2017 is a successful image - colourful and eye catching (and used
for the exhibition’s publicity). But I felt that most of the people in it
showed only minimal connection with the photographer.
Phil McFadden - Stone Pull, Hornbill Festival, Nagaland, India
Dorothy Zenz’s Classic is an interesting composite of
several images, at least some of which relate to love. It is worth
contemplating to see what connections you as the viewer can make to its
Dorothy Zenz - Classic
Alan Pomeroy’s Skyscape Sculpture shows a very colourful
sculpture overlaid on a colourless cloudscape. The connection is not clear to
me, but the resultant artwork is good.
Alan Pomeroy - Skyscape Sculpture
Ann Gibbs-Jordan has explored the sense of place in two fine
monochrome works, each comprising two juxtaposed scenes.
|Ann Gibbs-Jordan - Sense of Space II, Mound Spring, SA and near Bedourie, Qld
Brenda Runnegar’s two works are clever composites of
photographic images with scanned artworks.
Brenda Runnegar - Fleur
Visit the exhibition to see all the works and make your own
This review is also on the author's personal blog here.