Like Ice in the Sunshine | Mere Tyrannies | Dualis

Art Life , Exhibitions Feb 20, 2015 No Comments

From Sharne Wolff]


Combining the graphic elements of pop with a colour field sensibility, Simone Rosenbauer’s minimal photographs of melting moments are an absolute treat. Positioning each subject over a saturated shade of pastel, the loosening shapes of familiar ice creams exude a playful summery feel. Rosenbauer’s slick images contrast the simple moments of childhood with the fleeting pleasures of time. Perhaps they’re also mouthing a subtle something on the effects of climate change? While on the subject of time and nature, CJ Taylor draws inspiration from Dutch still life painting for his even, still and either, either series of pigment prints. Depicting floral wreaths of Australian wildflowers invaded by mutant fluoro-fauna, or painted fruit cutouts and native flowers accompanied by insects and snakes, Taylor’s culturally inspired images portray a subtle sense of disquiet.

For Dualis, Eloise Cato’s new work, nature provides not only the inspiration, but also some of the medium. Comprised of elements that include charcoal, ash and bark fused with resins and paraffin, polythenes and polymers [plastics], Cato sourced the natural materials from bushfire sites at Wandandian and Berrara on the south coast of NSW. The result is a range of twisted, dramatic shapes that portray “natural disasters as natural abstractions”. Acting as potent remnants of a landscape affected by the fury and raging force of nature, Cato’s work simultaneously reflects on Australia’s recent past and casts shadowy predictions for the future.

Until March 15
M Contemporary, Woollahra
Pic: Simone Rosenbauer, Like Ice In The Sunshine #02, 2014 Fine Art pigment print?, 85x85cm? Edition of 8+1AP. Courtesy the artist and M Contemporary.

Sharne Wolff

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