May 31

HODGE, KIRKWOOD, ZARAFTIS

Clare, Greg and May

Clare, Greg and May

Before we begin: here is an eagerly awaited pic of Clare and Greg with brand new (much photographed already) baby May who came over Friday arvo for a preview of the show.

Greg and Jock

Greg and Jock

As the evening came to a reluctant close the photos became increasingly blurred and that means one thing … a  great opening! CCAS was packed on Friday night for the launch of three shows that will knock your socks off.  In fact it’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to works by Gregory Hodge, Zoe Kirkwood and Amelia Zaraftis. Greg’s imposing masterpieces made from flamboyantly gestural paint strokes, cut out and reconstructed, make for works that literally leap of the walls and animate the MAINspace. There is a trace of the Baroque in A Fabled Gesture as 17th meets 20th century abstract expressionism that quite frankly gives Pollock a run for his money. Greg’s works were described by an American visitor as “like Canberra, so modern!” Can’t argue.  Zoe’s The Screen Set, an installation of painting and sculpture befitting Bernini is what Angus McGrath called in his catalogue easy a “pop chapel for the 21st century”. And there has already been many an epiphany …. Zoe’s work is not just hung in the gallery it is hoisted, each element , paintings and sculptural forms, connected via a system of ropes suspended in perfect relation to each other and the space occupied. By comparison Amelia’s work seems positively minimal but it is far from quiet. For Amelia motor+hotel = Motel and she imports the highway into Room for an amusing evocation of the generic motel/hotel room “decorated with road signage and rendered meaningless, if not confusing, in its new context. A Fabled Gesture Gregory Hodge, The Screen Set Zoe Kirkwood and Room Amelia Zaraftis at CCAS Gorman Arts Centre until 4 July 2015.  A wealth of mind blowing talent here or what is commonly called these days … EXCELLENCE.

Amelia and Kirsten

Amelia and Kirsten

Zoe

Zoe

Alex, Zoe, Amelia, Sabrina and david

Alex, Zoe, Amelia, Sabrina and David

Enrico and Sara

from Torino, Italia, Enrico and Sara

Luke and Cat

Luke and Cat

Sabrina and Karen

Sabrina and Karen

Lani, Will and Kate

Lani, Will and Kate with Zoe’s work

Hayley and Andrew

Hayley and Andrew

Jock and Abbie

Jock and Abbie

Karl and friend

Karl and friend

Riley, L and Sophie

Riley, L and Sophie

Amelia and Jeremy

Amelia and Jeremy

Andi

Andi

the end

the end