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Richard Reddaway and Saskia Leek, old friends from the Canterbury School of Art, Ilam, show alongside one another at their gallerist’s behest, this spring 2017. They do share similarities of approach I think, paring back and re-appraising Modernism with deliberate care, along with a layered painterliness and not inconsiderable humour. The surprise here is the similarity of palette – playful oranges, lilacs and yellows overlapping in synchronous serendipity…

 

Tales from Elsewhere

September 1 - 30, 2017

 
 
installation view - front gallery
 
 
installation view - front gallery
 
 
installation view - front gallery
 
Reddaway’s work follows up his show Some Assembly Required from 3 years ago. Cast in resin over cardboard boxes, then rather lushly painted, these Tales from Elsewhere are more mask-like than before. Small, Smaller, Smallest is delightfully Day of the Dead; whilst Icy is really just wild. Equipment 1 and Equipment 2 bring a certain levity to proceedings. As in much of this work, the potential for sound is offered (via speakers and cables) but not realized. For these are masks presented on the wall, or arm-like limbs and mitts placed on the floor.
 
Small, Smaller, Smallest
 
 
Equipment 1
     Equipment 2
 
This gesture towards the functional is taken a step further in a suite of small photographs hung in found frames in the gallery office. Each image, with the name of the work below, shows the sculpture being worn. Variously posed, the figures in these photographs experience Richard’s work in a different way again. For not the first time in his career, Reddaway adds resonance and substance to his sculpture with his considered use of photography.
JS
 
bouy
     a soldiers arms      equipment 1      equipment 2
 
aging
     small,smaller, smallest      mitts      rain monkey
 
 
 
 

Selected works

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Icy (lights on)
       Icy (lights off)

 

Squid
          Rain Monkey

 

Aging (after Maria Lassnig)

 
 
Bo(u)y Hat
      Mitts
 
 
 

Details of works


Wall works

Equipment 1 and Equipment 2
enamel paint on epoxy resin, fibreglass, & audio components
1000 x 900 x 180mm and 1000 x 600 x 520mm    $7200 each

Aging (after Maria Lassnig)

enamel paint on epoxy resin, fibreglass, & audio components
1000 x 1600 x 500mm    $12,000     

Icy
enamel paint on epoxy resin, fibreglass, & electrical components
1000 x 750 x 450mm    $7200   

Squid and Rain Monkey
enamel paint on epoxy resin, fibreglass, & found objects
800 x 520 x 500mm and 900 x 500 x 350mm    $7200 each

Small, Smaller, Smallest
enamel paint on epoxy resin, fibreglass, & electrical components
700 x 1250 x 300mm    $12,000

digital colour photographs, framed
image size 120 x 80mm     $350 each
 

Floor works

Mitts
enamel paint on epoxy resin, fibreglass, & electrical components
length 450mm       

Bo(u)y Ha
t
enamel paint on epoxy resin, & fibreglass
height 1100mm    

a Soldier’s Arms
enamel paint on epoxy resin, fibreglass, & audio components
length 1900mm

the three floor works are available as a group   $15,000

 
All works are from 2017
Prices include GST

 

 

Slopes

September 1 - 30, 2017

 
 
installation view - back gallery
 
Saskia Leek’s Slopes comprises seven new works that continue her exploration of the architecture of painting, colour and brushstroke. Colour is a compound thing for Leek: a careful combination of flat tone against fluoro, of pure dense fields alongside those with transparent histories beneath, and layered yellows, oranges and blues that sing quietly or quite loudly beside one another.
 
Brushstroke can be important, as it is in Slopes#2 where brushed dry and wet there is movement in opposing directions which gives the painting its endearing and gentle charisma.
 
The architecture of painting, its structure and composition, is worked by Leek in a more traditional manner in Slopes#6 and Slopes#7. She has long been fascinated by devices of framing. Here she hops onto the frame in both works, paints frames within frames inside their compositions, and joins them with enigmatic diagonals that enhance the eerie but hauntingly beautiful landscape aspects shared by both paintings. Slopes#6 and Slopes#7 are classical Leek – absolutely!
JS
 

Selected works

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Slopes#6
       Slopes#7
 
 
Slopes#5
       Slopes#4
 
 
Slopes#1
       Slopes#2
 
 
Slopes#3
 
 
 

Details of works
 
Slopes #1 - Slopes #7
oil on board    590 x 470mm    $6000 each

All works are from 2017
Prices include GST