HODGE, KIRKWOOD, ZARAFTIS
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.
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.