There is many an artwork gem to be located in the stockroom of Arts project, or perhaps a more accurate statement, a veritable plethora of jewels to be found.
In this instance the ‘jewels’ I was looking for to put this show together have included works that feature line and mark making. Whether using pencil, charcoal, nib pen, paintbrush or etching tool (to name a few), line and mark making is perhaps one of the simplest and most immediate means of communicating an idea.
In this show expect to see a broad range of linear applications from the use of pattern and repetition seen in the work of such artists as Alvaro Alvarez, Fiona Longhurst, Scott Ferguson, Warren O’Brien, and Dionne Canzano to the gestural and lyrical works of Lai Lai Gong and Leo Cussen, to the rhythmic and kinaesthetic light drawings of Cameron Noble.
Not titled (black and white) 2010
conte pencil on paper
28.5 x 37.5cm
Joceline Lee and Brigid Hanrahan are masters of delicate, sensitive and whimsical line. Like a skater on ice, Lee’s use of repetition and layering of line is enticingly rhythmic. At times using white conte on black paper she creates x-ray like forms and at others webs of lines conjure transparent veils.
Through a committed employment of mark making Mattie Michael also creates an interplay of striking shapes however Michael’s work has an embodiment of speed and upward moving energy. By contrast a bold, structural, confidently even line application is frequently found in the works of Monica Lazzari and Anthony Romagnano.
Other artists such as Jamie Dawes, and Nhan Nguyen use line as an interplay between fields of colour, and in Dawes and Nguyen’s work the line appears almost like a framework on the page. This is true also for Cameron Veitch’s wonderful etching, in which Veitch’s minimal grid of intersecting vertical lines meet to great success.
In Alanna Dodd’s pastel lively blocks of colour are loosely lassoed by a line that dances around them, sometimes allowing hints of colour to fall either side.
21 x 15cm
Line is used effectively to divide the page into a multitude of interconnecting shapes and sizes of equally saturated colour in the striking works of George Aristovoulou that are reminiscent of stain glass windows.
Andrew Ledwidge shows how effective simple forms can be from his confident and minimal line work offset with a limited colour palate. A broad range of mark making is explored in Steven Azjenberg’s white on black drawing including dots, dashes and a distinctively gentle meandering line. Like Azjenberg, Antonella Calvano’s works on paper conveys a rich mark making vocabulary which makes her works truly distinctive.
Commonalities amongst the above mentioned artists and all of the artists in this exhibition (in which there are over 30) are works which are imbued with a confidence and an engagement of materials as well as a freshness, fervour and exploration.