A Good Painting Works Anywhere

Detail: Ann Thomson

Detail: Ann Thomson

“Once or twice in my student days I was known to say, de Kooning, can you please leave my studio now!” Ann Thomson Monograph 2012.

I think at some point in art school we were discussing art made for living rooms. I had bought a small painting and it didn’t matter where it was hung, it worked. It was a good painting. The same applies for Ann Thomson. Her exhibition in the Drill Hall at ANU last year had the same affect on me as the one in the National Art School in Sydney. Her work is fabulous.  This exhibition was titled Ann Thomson & Contemporaries so it had even more bang for the buck. The exhibition was spread over two floors of the magnificent old National Art School.

 

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The lower level comprising teachers and contemporaries gave a clue as to the vibe of art during her time as a student and teacher and provided an understanding of the strength in her work.  Moving upstairs, the old building provided a lofty open space large enough to take her slashes of paint and freedom of marks.

 

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Out Le-Witted

After visiting the Kaldor Galleries at AGNSW last week, Sol Le Witt has once more been on my mind. His work reminds me of my phone doodles in construction, patterns within boxes, boxes as patterns. The impact of his work drew me to pull out an old catalogue from the NGA – I read it and it was the right time. Reading about artists at certain times during your practise can trigger new paths, obviously I was unaffected previously but realised there was something there. This time it was reading his work Autobiography and seeing his work) Wall Drawing #338 (1971) at AGNSW.that kicked in. Once again new ideas for new works but I know I need to complete Windang before I go any further.