The opening of Kael Stasce’s solo at CCAS Manuka was always going to be fun and indeed it was. No. 3 of the Studio Residents’ solo exhibitions, Development opens the night before Blaze#10 which places a lot of pressure on Kael but also means he has work at Gorman Art Centre as well as Manuka. As one might expect from Kael this is a very impressive show – a graduate of the ANU Art School painting workshop he his very comfortable in the 3rd dimension and no stranger to metal (and its dangers).
Development, one could say, has a sharp edge as Kael brings variously stressed materials and paint together for an exhibition of elegant form that is in a number of instances, cleverly and subtly integrated into the architecture of the space. They are works that speak to each other and bring the audience in on the conversation – towering over or dominating a background – while they also frame and reflect bodies in (the) space. The punters were loving it last night and so will YOU ! Development at CCAS Manuka until 28 February.