Saturday, June 27, 2015
Everything & Nothing at Sarah Cottier - 27 June
Everything and nothing. Covers a lot of bases really. Not sure where they were going with this here. Sadly, I only picked up the room sheet and not the essay so I am going to have to wing it ...
For starters it's a good old fashioned group show. And this being Sarah Cottier it is at the edgier end of the conceptual / commercial spectrum. The Mikala Dwyer plastic sculpture was interesting, looks good in the gallery but not sure how this see through work would go at home. That said I'd fit this in more easily than the Tim Bruniges Piano, which is (naturally enough) upright piano sized. Great to see someone up cycling an old piano - although I am interested that this P.O.A work is an edition of 3! A firm family favourite (I had all the 3 junior critics with me) was Gemma Smith's 'Radiant Greige' (pictured above). This was a small work, 34cm x 28cm, but packed quite a visual trick. At eye level it is half grey / half pink. Moving up, the work turns pink and moving down it goes grey. I've tried to show that in the above snaps. The kids initially didn't think much of it, being grey from their vantage. But they did think it was cool as it changed colour, and I was kept very busy picking up junior critic after junior critic. They also liked the Todd McMillan video work but that's the youtube generation for you. I lean more old school, which means a nice big framed print will appeal to me - and Sarah Mosca has delivered a great abstract one called 'Gestural Ode' (pictured top).
Points: Gemma is going to take the 3 points here. Radiant Greige was a family favourite, and I even learnt a new word (greige that is). 2 points for Sarah Mosca's massive 190cm x 155cm print. Koji Ryui will take 1 point for the Spring sculpture - which was quite a nice little piece and it had a cool plinth.