Exhibition Review 1


EXHIBITION DATES: June 14 - July 10

Californian artist Kimberly Rowe is a multidisciplinary artist that works in a variety of formats from very large scale gestural abstractions to hand sewn geometric compositions.  Rowe earned her MFA with Honours from the San Francisco Art Institute and has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.  Rowe’s paintings are made intuitively, improvisational and with practiced discernment.  She challenges herself to respond to harsh or unlikely colour combinations and/or difficult compositions.

Finding Grace is the latest exhibition by Kimberly Rowe showing at TWFINEART gallery in New Farm, Australia between June 14th and July 10th, 2018. Rowe latest work shows her experimenting with colour, form and textures responding to the influences from the streets of the cosmopolitan capital of Spain.

I was instantly drawn to the work Origin.  The sheer scale of the work (235 (H) x 322cm (W) was captivating and on closer inspection the work had a variety of mediums applied including charcoal, acrylic, sand, gel mediums and ink on canvas.  The work is very expressive with black bold gestural brush strokes being compositionally balanced with scratchings of charcoal.  The work has hints of blue  and yellow ink which are great contrasts to the dark gestural elements.

Strength was another work that stood out in the exhibition.  Also being quite a large piece (215 (H) x 252cm (W)), the work was quite a contrast to Origin.  It was darker and had less large gestural brush strokes, instead more small chaotic marks.  Rowe has used a shade of pink that is competing for attention with its complimentary green.  Even though the strokes are quite chaotic there seems to been a harmony between the pink, green, white and black marks on the burlap.

Overall the exhibition is quite exciting for Brisbane as you normally don’t see these types of gestural abstraction works in galleries around Brisbane.  The exhibition works well and is suited to the small intimate space of the contemporary TWFINEART gallery. 

Kimberly Rowe,  Origin,  2018, Charcoal, acrylic, sand, gel medium, ink on canvas, 235 (H) x 322cm (W)

Kimberly Rowe, Origin, 2018, Charcoal, acrylic, sand, gel medium, ink on canvas, 235 (H) x 322cm (W)

Kimberly Rowe,  Strength , 2018, a crylic, gel medium, crayon on burlap,  215 (H) x 252cm (W).

Kimberly Rowe, Strength, 2018, acrylic, gel medium, crayon on burlap, 215 (H) x 252cm (W).

Exhibition Review 2


EXHIBITION DATES: July 4 - July 28

Brisbane based artist Simon Degroot is a contemporary abstract artist who engages specific images from visual culture in order to reimagine these forms in abstract paintings.  His practice involves disassembling and reassembling to explore how abstract shapes form art history and the built environment.  In 2017 Degroot completed his postgraduate studies at the Queensland College of Art where he was awarded his PhD with an exhibition titled, Familiar Beyond Recognition: Translation in Contemporary Abstraction.  Degroot has also exhibited extensively throughout Australia.

Capricious Forms is the latest exhibition by Simon Degroot showing at Jan Manton Gallery in Brisbane, Australia between the 4th July to the 28th July, 2018.  Capricious Forms looks into translating small details from the built environment into abstract shapes onto canvas.  Details are collected, reformed and rearranged as flat abstract shapes on the canvas.

Fantasticaprice 1 was the first painting in the exhibition I was instantly drawn too.  The combination of light pastel colours overplayed with transparent black shapes I found really complimented each other.  The painting has a real sense of harmony with each shape being being precisely placed to give a sense of balance.  The overlaying of shapes draws your eyes into the work and makes you focus as you attempt to assemble the different abstracted shapes in your head.

Overlay Blue is complex painting that has been created with different layers of monochromatic blue to build up the painting.  The work has subtle hints of yellow and green which adds even more complexity to the work.  The use of transparent blues on different shapes gives the illusion of depth and in some parts even creates a deep void due to the dark deep blue created by the multiple layers.

Overall the exhibition featured many great complex works by Degroot.  The space itself was quite small and wasn’t the traditional white box gallery, instead it had more of a homely feel, however It would have been great to experience the works all in one big room.

Simon Degroot, Fantasticaprice 1, 2018, oil on canvas, 167 x 183cm.

Simon Degroot, Fantasticaprice 1, 2018, oil on canvas, 167 x 183cm.

Simon Degroot, Overlay Blue, 2018, oil on canvas, 138 x 123cm.

Simon Degroot, Overlay Blue, 2018, oil on canvas, 138 x 123cm.