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My hand is a season

 


My hand is a season

October 6 - 28, 2017

 
 
Muddy Puddle Measure
          Temperature 
 
Zina Swanson has always taken the measure of things. In this, her first show at Jonathan Smart Gallery, the typically controlled watercolours Temperature and Muddy Puddle Measure traverse this territory, monitoring our bodies and nature, particularly in and around their most common interface, the home. Lawn continues this theme with lightness and poise – a gently pressed and glued grass mat hanging delicately over a heated towel rail in glass.

The title work of the exhibition, My hand is a season, is different however. This is a sculpture (and watercolour) more of agglomeration than observation. Zina has fashioned a stylized tree out of box profile aluminium painted in two tones of green. It is free-standing, a little like an artificial Xmas tree. But instead of festive decorations, Zina has placed objects of the garden upon its boughs, including: a rubber kneeler; virginal white garden sox and sneakers; cork matting; a spare part for the tap; 3 growing filaments of ivy; and a 'graft' replete with curious crystals. Garden shop commodification is suggested by a rosary-like swathe of hand-crafted yellow price tags draped over the work. There is an optimistic sense of healing or transformation about the whole – gold flakes sit on a pittosporum leaf, inset cloves add spice to this notion, and the ubiquitous Swanson thermometer protrudes from a dot-painted terracotta pipe calibrating the progress of things. I can’t help but think that this is Zina at her playful, material best. And the green fingered hand, the drawing which accompanies the sculpture, rounds out the work looking strangely capable, weird and wonderful all at the same time.
JS

 

My hand is a season - installation view

 

My hand is a season (detail)
        My hand is a season (detail)
 
 
My hand is a season (detail)
        My hand is a season (detail)
 
 
My hand is a season (detail)
        My hand is a season - watercolour
 
 

Selected works

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A cloud or rain or both (detail)
          Lawn

 

Framed works on paper - installation view

 

Listen
     Aloe and Yellow       Corre

 

Focus on One
     Reduced to Clear       Cinder Green Line

 

Installing

 

Zina installing A cloud or rain or both
       Zina installing My hand is a season

 

List of works

My hand is a season, 2017      mixed media and watercolour      2010 x 1150mm      $12,000
Lawn, 2017    pressed grass, hand-blown glass rod, aluminium fixtures     630 x 580 x 45mm     $7500
A cloud or rain or both, 2017    hand-blown painted glass rod, carrara marble dust, aluminium fixtures   height 4000mm     $7500
Muddy Puddle Measure, 2017      watercolour on paper      350 x 280mm framed      $1875
Temperature, 2017      watercolour on paper      350 x 280mm framed      $1875
Listen, 2017      watercolour on paper      350 x 280mm framed      $1875
Aloe and Yellow, 2017      watercolour on paper      350 x 280mm framed      $1875
Core, 2017      watercolour on paper      350 x 280mm framed      $1875
Focus on One, 2017      watercolour on paper      350 x 280mm framed      $1875
Reduced to Clear, 2016     watercolour on paper      350 x 280mm framed      $1875
Cinder Green Line, 2016      watercolour on paper      350 x 280mm framed      $1875

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