Presented by Art Images Gallery
Reviewed 9 August 2015
In celebrating 30 years of displaying the works of a multitude of brilliant artists, Art Images Gallery presents ‘Past Present Future’, an exhibition that brings together a diverse range of works from artists who have been exhibited in the gallery since 1985.
The exhibition displays a broad range of mediums that have been exhibited throughout the years; from paintings, photography and etchings, through to the three dimensional forms of sculpture, furniture, pottery and jewellery. With such diversity, it is not a calming exhibition, as the rooms are filled with contrasting, combative and often playful pieces that each demand individual attention. Although there is really no common, connecting theme, colour is a forceful presence throughout the majority of works.
This exhibition is a descriptive summary of the contrasting styles of artists who have been exhibited by Art Images Gallery. There is far too much on show to give a complete summary of all that you would see, however some individual pieces manage to stand out amongst this artistic busyness. Mark Judd’s whimsical battle mobiles, Attack/Retreat and Titanic, are a stand out. These Pythonesque war-like machines are exquisitely detailed and crafted, with their rose-gold copper plating, and miniature life-boats, cannons and chariot wheels. Judd has created a beautiful combination of art, craftsmanship and humour.
Amongst the plethora of paintings, Tristan Kerr’s Going Nowhere 1 and Going Nowhere 2 catch your eye with their pop art jigsaw of bold colours and fragmented text. Contrasting with this splash of colour are Angela Bannon’s macabre black dolls entitled The Folly of the Passions (Puppets). Arranged on a display that might normally hold delicate porcelain figures, these ominous dolls have a disconcerting effect; reminiscent of large-nosed Punch and Judy puppets, they create a sinister presence with their black-holed eyes and amputated limbs.
As always Art Images Gallery offers a cleverly curated diverse selection of artistic works. For some this large selection could be overwhelming, but for others such diversity is stimulating and allows everyone to find something that will interest them.
Reviewed by Georgina Smerd
Venue: Art Images Gallery, 32 The Parade, Norwood
Season: 31 July – 30 August