PORTRAIT V LANDSCAPE
Two exhibitions of landscape paintings by two artists opened at the beautiful fortyfive downstairs last night. Greg Ades delivered Places, the result of the inaugural Residency Program hosted by the Gallery. And he’s been busy; landscape upon gnarly landscape adorned the walls.
Downing his Merlot, Dr Chris McAuliffe regaled us with a string of well-timed, art-based one-liners. Nature is for itself, not for our pleasure, Chris reminded the posh punters. Then he took a conceptual leap, describing Greg as the evil twin of Fred Williams, in that Greg paints the landscape as unpicturesque, unedited, as it really appears. Not all blinged up for an eager audience of those willing to buy a myth.
Stephen Williams presented The Sum of All Things, an intriguingly ghostly suite of works that quietly captured our attention. The mind was found wandering the slopes of a distant snowfield, gazing at unfocussed branches. Using washed out hues the paintings have an uncanny quality of simultaneously being frosty, warm and infinite.
Stephen Williams The Sum of All Things and Greg Ades Places run at fortyfive downstairs till the 27th July, 45 Flinders Lane Melbourne.