Otago Daily Times

‘‘Jane Shrif­fer and John Oxbor­ough’’

(Gallery Thirty Three, Wanaka)

- Arts · Painting · Visual Arts

peek from the con­fines of their three­d­i­men­sional framed boxes, as if paint­ings have come to life, pulling away from their can­vas and pre­par­ing to fly. Equally re­mark­able are the lu­mi­nous colours of Chris­tine Cathie’s cast glass rib­bons, curl­ing and twirling sin­u­ously into the air, seem­ing to defy grav­ity and the com­plex­i­ties of the glass medium, wig­gling and squig­gling as if an in­vis­i­ble hand is draw­ing with a gi­ant sparkler.

THERE is some­thing so ut­terly ef­fer­ves­cent and joy­ful about Jane Shrif­fer’s work that it draws the viewer in like a mag­net. With highly tex­tu­ral blocks and pats of colour, the hand of the artist is very ev­i­dent; un­like a more rep­re­sen­ta­tional work, the star of the show in both the cur­rent ex­hibits at Gallery Thirty Three is the paint and the process of paint­ing it­self. With pieces such as Shrif­fer’s Just One More Minute, ev­ery fast stroke of the pal­ette knife tells the story of a mind be­com­ing im­mersed in the story on the can­vas, a hand work­ing quickly to keep up, fight­ing against the clock and ex­ter­nal in­ter­rup­tions.

Chip to the Dip is just one ex­am­ple of Shrif­fer’s su­perla­tive use of colour — cool blues and greens, like damp earth and lush fo­liage, meet or­anges and reds and one in­trigu­ing dab of pur­ple, and the re­sult is not a clash, but rather a har­mo­nious flurry, like be­ing out in a beau­ti­ful land­scape in the rain and mist, when the sky­line starts to blur to­gether and leaves are tossed in the wind. The ul­ti­mate feel­ing is one of hap­pi­ness rather than chaos.

Com­plet­ing the study in ab­strac­tion are John Oxbor­ough’s fas­ci­nat­ing ex­per­i­ments with colour and the to­pog­ra­phy of the land and the mind. His blocks of paint blur and bleed into one an­other, drip down and trail away, shapes com­ing to­gether vaguely and con­tem­pla­tively, the way emo­tions and in­stinc­tive re­sponses to a sight or event might clus­ter with frag­ments of mem­ory to form a com­pos­ite image.

 ??  ?? Just One More Minute, by Jane Shrif­fer
Just One More Minute, by Jane Shrif­fer
 ??  ?? Chardon­nay Rib­bon, by Chris­tine Cathie
Chardon­nay Rib­bon, by Chris­tine Cathie

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