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Lollygagger

October 25 - November 23, 2019

 
 
installation view - front gallery
 
 

installation view - front gallery

 

installation view - front gallery

 

installation view - front through to back gallery
 

Emily Hartley-Skudder’s second solo project at Jonathan Smart Gallery is called Lollygagger. Are we to gag on the lolly here, on the sweetest of still-life painting almost overwhelmed by a kitsch framing sublime (alongside the nostalgia for old fashioned confectionary suggested by titles like Ka-Bluey and Gobstopper)?
No, let’s not. Let’s enjoy the conflation of cosmetic, rubber, plastic and chrome. Admire the rendering of objects domestic and often feminine. And relish the artful play between the fancifully small and the overblown potential of pump-action.

What is real here is Hartley-Skudder’s ability with paint, combined with her penchant for interior décor, not simply domestic but increasingly of the bathroom and bedroom. Things feel lovingly artificial and cosmetic, while the droll humour of Lilac Low-Suds and Sparkling Duet is both delightful and absolutely engaging.

Lilac Low-Suds_detail
      Sparkling Duet_detail

The gag is deliberate and the look lolly. However, the attitude and the practice is totally and wonderfully committed. The gallery as showroom is complete – porcelain, plastic and taps. A New Look! Gentle on Hands and Everything They Wash – fresh and re-configured from the Gus Fisher Gallery’s re-opening group exhibition in April, We’re Not Too Big To Care, enlivens the back space. It’s all about orange elephant-head bathroom-ware from China. Life is replete.
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installation view - back gallery

 

 

Selected works

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The Fresh Maker

 

 

Gobstopper

 

 

Lilac Low-Suds

 

 

Golden Strawb Spritzer

 

 

Sparkling Duet

 

 

Ka-Bluey

 

 

Gentle on Hands (diamond)

 

 

Gentle on Hands (painting I)

 

 

Gentle on Hands (painting II)

 

 

Gentle on Hands (painting III)

 

 

Gentle on Hands (painting III) with basin

 

 

List of works
 

Front Gallery

The Fresh Maker
, 2019
polyethylene foam on aluminium composite panel, oil on linen, aluminium and copper trim    
720 x 1020mm       $5000
 
Golden Strawb Spritzer
, 2019
polyethylene foam on aluminium composite panel, oil on linen, mirrored acrylic, aluminium trim  
800 x800mm       $5000

Lilac Low-Suds
, 2019
3D vinyl on aluminium composite panel, oil on linen, aluminium trim
490 x 790mm       $5000

Sparkling Duet
, 2019
3D vinyl on aluminium composite panel, oil on linen, found towel holder, digital sublimation print on microfibre, aluminium trim       680 x 570mm       $5000

Ka-Bluey, 2019
polyethylene foam on aluminium composite panel, oil on linen, digital sublimation print on microfibre, aluminium and copper trim       600 x 620mm       $5000

Gobstopper, 2019
polyethylene foam on aluminium composite panel, oil on linen, aluminium trim
600 x 1190mm       $5000


Back Gallery

New Look! Gentle on Hands and Everything They Wash, 2019
readymade ceramic basins, oil on linen, gesso and enamel on pine frames, digital sublimation print on microfibre, PVC pipes

painting I (290 x 390mm fr) with basin & towel        $8000
painting II (290 x 390mm fr) with basin & towel       $8000
painting III (290 x 390mm fr) with basin & towel      $8000
Gentle on Hands (diamond)   450 x 350mm fr          $5000

Prices include GST

 

 


Emily applying the finishing touches to Gobstopper
Emily applying the finishing touches to Gobstopper prior to installing


Emily & Hamish preparing the basins for the installation of Gentle on Hands
Emily & Hamish preparing the basins for the installation of Gentle on Hands...