Artworks engage with the senses
EXHIBITIONS of artworks engage with the senses on many levels.
While sight and touch predominate, particularly for paintings and ceramic objects, their appreciation should also involve an aesthetic dimension.
A regional and a local exhibition both challenge and endorse this basic criterion.
The Rosalie Gallery in Goombungee is hosting FitZ & PieceZ, an exhibition by Peter Fitzpatrick.
The artist skims across the surfaces of stylistic eras drawing influences from various artists and art movements.
This process may pay homage and offer guidance in technique, but reinterpretation filtered through personal experience would facilitate the emergence of a more individual artistic voice.
The geometry of Mondrian contains Pollock-like spatter, Russian Constructivism mixes with something akin to the Vorticism of Wyndham Lewis, and the sensuous undertones of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt come wrapped in a decorative tapestry of colourful fragments.
Paint and imagery cling to the picture plane in bold patterns and lashings of primary colours.
In works such as Passing, an ambiguous sense of space is controlled by lines that balance the composition rather than define boundaries.
The blended tonality in the composite portraits, Shane and My mate Van, shape aspects of personality, while the Mungo landscapes with their vivid patterns could have been painted by a different hand.
Some works resemble exploratory exercises and lack a crisp and detailed finish.
Universe talking is a more resolved piece with the foreshortened magpie adding a ferocious and dramatic intensity.
The artist’s notebooks of preliminary sketches and problem-solving notations have an honesty and spontaneity that sometimes gets lost in translation to a larger format.
The exhibition resembles a “workin-progress”, perhaps what is needed is a little of Kandinsky’s “inner necessity”, his insistence on the value of feelings as an aesthetic impulse.
Parkside Ceramics, the gallery of the Darling Downs Potters’ Club, 145 West Street, is featuring a range of decorative and functional ceramics that is visually appealing and seductively tactile.
The exhibition is elegantly understated allowing each piece to be fully appreciated.
Yvette Wylde has a series of jugs and funky teapots as well as a delightful bowl with legs and a great presence.
Julieanne Rasmussen’s shell forms make desirable gift ideas.
The classical grace of Judy McCaw’s vessels teams well with the Japaneseinspired teapot and tea bowls by Wesley Denic.
The colourful glazes on works by Jason Zeng, the sculptured heads by Gail Dawson, and the floral decoration of plates and dishes by Mary-Lou Pittard add further variety and interest.
Members of the club are making a series of decorative ceramic totem garden poles to celebrate the Carnival of Flowers.
Parkside Ceramics is situated diagonally across from Laurel Bank Park.
The gallery will open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10.00am until 3pm, and the second and fourth Sunday during the carnival month of September.