Mednick: solo show
Graham & Oldham, Electric House, Peel St, Ipswich.
Until February 28th, 2004
Review by Daniel Rounding.
looking the stairs is Intimacy, (1977). For me this cosily timeless
family scene neatly sets the tone for the remainder of the show
in Arthur Oldham's roomy art bunker. The remainder of the paintings
are an extension of Annabel's kindred friends and contacts, welcoming
you to her world of experiment and expression.
This is another appropriate word, beginning exp, suited to describing
some of the work. Naked and rough studio sketches offering no apology
inside their frames. Strongly contrasting with large finished canvases
hung alongside. The latter vying for your attention with bold neon
like colours, which, paradoxically, were simply pinned to the wall;
minus stretchers and all.
many different styles and media. The hang has been done with care
though to ensure the viewer isn't confused with a magpie's haphazard
hoard. Paintings large and small are grouped together in series,
with the artist's comments adjacent. That is such an important plus
point, so many art works fail their viewers due to the lack of any
interpretative text. An avoidable loose / loose situation, and something
I feel very strongly about.
three studies "...for Spiral in White..." Matron,
Mother and Maid, are very bright and compelling. Set in their own
corner, the elderly of the three is more distinctive than her younger
counter parts, an attribute of age perhaps. The maid being dreamily
makes many statements with her work all the while celebrating her
femininity, and that of many of her friends. The feminine theme
is the heart and pulse of Annabel's practice. For her this is a
conscious process, one that seeks to embrace the whole spectrum
of emotions within the human or hue-woman experience. It's a very
personal domain capturing that essence of self relating to your
sex. With this artist there's a journey here still in the undertaking,
but with a growing and justified confidence in the course steered.
to a nautical theme, this show is a happy landings. A staging post
all creatives can relate to as we attempt to bring our various flashes
of genius to safe harbour. I heartily recommend you to enjoy it
while it's on.
Rounding, Feb 2004.