HELEN GORY TURNS ARTIST – THROUGH THESE PAPER WALLS
In what some reckoned to be an Industry first, gallerist Helen Gory has expanded her creative oeuvre, presenting her first exhibition as an artist. The work was a handsome suite of enlarged pigment print collages and smaller framed works in a salon hang. It’s more common the other way round, Artist to Gallerist. Artists starting up their own Gallery could even be the easiest way of getting themselves represented. By themselves. Which is funny because that’s what independent artists do.
Maybe the Artist/Dealer anomaly is because they want to represent all their mates too? The other conceptual quandary that Helen’s show brought to mind is, what style of Art other dealers might produce if they too turned artist? The fluorescent, expressionist self-portrait sculpture with engorged appendage that Vasili Kaliman might produce. The stripped back conceptual minimalist interventions of Anna Schwartz. Stuart Purves’ multi screen video projection, his Art ute doing burn outs in the red, barren centre. Then there’s Darren Knight, Roslyn Oxley, Josh Milani, Anna Pappas et al.
It’s a fun game imagining the art the dealers would make. Try it over the weekend.
Through these walls is on at JCP studios till 22 February