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TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : KATHERINE WOOD : SURRENDER

 

Feel My Love- mixed media and oil on canvas

The latest vibrant yet thought provoking exhibition at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries is Katherine Wood’s SURRENDER – a series of moody ,at times rather ominous seascapes , often heavily textured and in dramatic tones .Wood says she aims to ‘ create portals of solitude, a place for the viewer to escape, providing a calming sanctuary, a place to contemplate and immerse oneself. Surrender for me is not giving up, not capitulation, but a coming to terms with certain elements that cannot be changed or amended and acceptance that energies can be redirected to more uplifting and promising endeavours. Sometimes strength can be found in just being able to let go and SURRENDER .’

The eponymous painting with its beach and clouds is pensive , with its strong horizontal composition. ‘Drifting’ is unusual, dreamlike ..a cloudy sky with a small female figure in white bobbing inside it.
‘Dream Big’ depicts a blue, yet turbulent cloudy sky and a lonely beach.

‘Capturing the Light Within’ is a wonderful beach and sky scape , with the eye being led to the far distance. There are one possibly two miniscule human figures dwarfed by the environment if you look very closely .

‘Captured Within’ is an eye catching painting of two goldfish trapped in a balloon bobbing out to see .Wood has used a delicate layer of resin for the balloon .

‘Feel My Love’ is strongly horizontal in composition with its yellowy-brown beach sweeping across the centre of the painting and the atmosphere of being lost in the greyness. There is a sense of loneliness with the one( two?) tiny human figures included .

‘No Limitations’ is a large diptych with a wonderful textured beach receding to the horizon and a strong ,cloudy sky. The dominant colours of the melancholy ‘Patience Is A Virtue’ are blues and greys , another wonderful sea and cloudscape. ‘Glistening’, with its tiny tree and soaring bird, shimmers. ‘Always Together’ depicts a tiny human dwarfed by the land and seascape There is perhaps a sense of wistful loss . ‘Into the Light’ with its ominous purply- brown sky is perhaps also tentatively optimistic.

Two small pieces are ‘Til The End of Day’ bright and colourful with a tiny bird and tree and ‘Just Magnified’ a dark blood red sea and sky scape with sandbars in the middle .

‘Running Through’ is a lonely land and seascape also rusty burgundy red in part,  with a tiny tree , with the horizon line about a third of the way up the picture, leading the eye to a grey sky.

‘Reach Your Dreams’ has a human figure on a stepladder striving to reach the sky under swirling clouds while Live This Life is a pale white beach with some rocks visible beneath many layers of cloud.
Awake Me with its heavily textured beach and rolling clouds is both ominous yet hopeful.

‘Into the Distance’ with its tiny human in a grey /blue /green seascape is perhaps both a reflection upon life and death and how we are at times overwhelmed by the environment.

This was an arresting, compelling exhibition.

https://www.trafficjamgalleries.com/current-exhibition
SURRENDER by Katherine Wood runs at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries 9 -30 August 2019.

Featured image – ‘Surrender’. Mixed media. 120cm x 150cm.

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES KATHRYN MCGOVERN FASHIONED FROM NATURE

The latest exhibition at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries is Kathryn McGovern’s FASHIONED FROM NATURE .

McGovern’s exhibition focuses on the interactions between animals and human beings sharing the planet. McGovern is based in Brisbane. In most of her work she concentrates on endangered species . McGovern’s anthropomorphic creations in watercolour, gouache and ink show the idea of the imposition of the human aesthetic of beauty on nature through artifice and intervention and simultaneously derive inspiration from the impact of fashion on the natural world – blending ecological awareness and fashion.

The works are exquisite , incredibly detailed and range in size , some small some quite large all beautifully presented. If you look closely you possibly see completely different things from if you are standing further back so the exhibition bears repeated viewing and you notice other things each time. Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES KATHRYN MCGOVERN FASHIONED FROM NATURE

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERY : NADA HERMAN’S ‘FLOWERS AND VISTAS’

The current solo exhibition at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries is work by Nada Herman entitled FLOWERS AND VISTAS .

Herman is based in Avalon and comes from the famous Herman artistic family. This exhibition is bright, bold ,joyous and colourful, with many thickly applied layers of paint on the various canvases.

Herman vividly captures various views of Sydney and its foreshores. One such view is from Balmoral to Neutral Bay. .The Neutral Bay painting uses the various buildings on the right hand side of the canvas to take our eye back to the Harbour Bridge.

There are large canvases focusing on Sydney Harbour with the Bridge and Opera House prominently featured as a background for sailing boats.

There are also hot summer reflections of life at the beach , crowded with sand beach towels and umbrellas .(eg A Day at the Beach) .This is contrasted with some works showing the bubble and flow of the sea in various moods ( eg Palm Beach , Sea Spray)

Flowers feature in many of the works – there are some wonderful vibrant still lives of flowers in vases ( eg Agapanthus , Lilllies and Lemons and Daisy Bouquet – in the later, note the fallen flowers outside the vase on the table ) but also flowers are used as a major part of the composition in some canvases dominating the foreground ( eg Beach Floral). Red hot pokers explode in the foreground in Red Hot Pokers Lillies and Agapanthus and the lilies complement them .The pokers also monopolise Red Hot Pokers Over Palm Beach .

Wonderful paintings of waterlilies with orange koi also are also included ( look for the upside down koi – is it a reflection? ) .

A vibrant energetic exhibition celebrating our harbour and flora.

FLOWERS AND VISTAS by Nada Hermann runs at the Mosman Traffic Jam Galleries until 29 May 2019

https://www.trafficjamgalleries.com/nada-herman

Featured image- Sea Spray by Nada Herman.

 

 

FEATURED ARTISTS HUGH MCLACHLAN AND REBECCA PIERCE @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES, MOSMAN

 

Narcissus Emerging Study 1,2 and 3

The latest exhibition at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries is luminous.

Hugh McLachlan’s sculptures are of shiny, highly polished steel , perhaps somewhat Surrealist , and rather dreamlike .Quite romantic. Simple flowing lines are used, there are eyeholes in the sculptures and lots of symbolic hearts. It is as if they are curved and growing.
McLachlan’s  NARCISSUS KISS BUBBLE series further explores the Narcissus myth – a search for love that is playfully romantic , or is it about being trapped in self absorption from which one can’t escape?

Some of the sculptures are free standing (eg Narcissus Reflecting 1,2, 3 and Kiss Me ). Narcissus Emerging, however, is a group of three on a plinth that could in fact be thought to look like playful whales. Continue reading FEATURED ARTISTS HUGH MCLACHLAN AND REBECCA PIERCE @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES, MOSMAN

UNTITLED : THE NEW EXHIBITION @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES

 

Yvonne Maloney-Law Glasshouse Country

The current vibrant and exciting exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries , UNTITLED , features guest artists foreign to the gallery space. This particular exhibition has been curated from local and interstate practitioners at varying stages of their artistic journeys .

These works may challenge, inspire and excite, with diversity being a key factor, reflected through the multiplicity of practice, subject matter and medium ranging from wood and bronze to various types of paint and methods of printing and including butterflies and gold leaf. The whole of the Gallery space is used for this particular exhibition and don’t forget to check both sides of the windows as some works are displayed facing the street.

In no particular order the artists are as follows JUDE HOTCHKISS . AL ROBERTS . TESS CHODAN . SIMONE READ . LEON LESTER. YVONNE MOLONEY-LAW . AYJAY . NIK UZUNOVSKI . ANNABEL SCANLEN and RICHARD CROSLAND.

TESS CHODAN is represented by some extraordinary beautiful and thought provoking butterflies and fauna in bell jars .They have quite a Victorian feel at first sight – and are sourced from antiques – but are very contemporary with the attention to detail and concern for the environment (look at the bees in Diaspora).

RICHARD CROSLAND has three striking wooden sculpture works on display – a thrumming speedy go kart, an amazingly finely detailed Engine with interlocking parts ( which works) and a huge representation of the London Eye. The detail is amazing , the craftsmanship and design sensational.

JUDE HOTCHKISS has several dynamically explosive thickly textured abstract paintings showing, full of tumbling brushstrokes and texture capturing the weather ( eg Stormbreak ) .

AYJAY is represented by three paintings with dynamic use of colour and composition commenting on religion and death

LEON LESTER ‘s swirling, cascading op art works – contrasted with ones that are full of cool straight lines – captivate and at times delight others calmly reflectively lead the eye.

YVONNE MALPNEY -LAW has provided some exquisite, seemingly fragile and delicate intaglio prints of various landscapes .They appear to be water colours but aren’t.

SIMONE READ ‘s series of aerial views of various rock pools around Sydney with their dynamic use of composition and outstanding use of texture are magnificent .The viewer could be in the water.

AL ROBERTS’s bronze sculptures are striking and challenging , including a fish , two sculptures of nude males and a strange John the Baptist like head( Adam’s Apple) .All commenting on the changing ageing human body.

ANNABEL SCANLEN has three subtle yet rather Surrealist like drawings included.

NIK UZUNOVSKI has several abstract bright bold and colourful swirling works showing as part of the exhibition.

A very arresting exhibition .

The present exhibition UNTITLED runs at the Traffic Jam Galleries Neutral Bay 8-29 March 2019

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ANDREW GRASSI KELAHER DANIELLE McMANUS CONTEMPLATIVE WHIMSY

The current vibrant exhibition at the Traffic Jam Galleries Neutral Bay gallery is entitled CONTEMPLATIVE WHIMSY and features works by Andrew Grassi Kelaher and Danielle McManus.

Andrew Grassi Kelaher ‘s delightful works are mostly land/seascapes. They are all fairly similar in style and composition but are enchanting. There is much made of the wonderful sky and clouds and the various changing colours. Grassi Kelaher sometimes uses spray paint for atmospheric effect especially in the skies. Sometimes the reflection in the water is an important part of the work.

There are often many bobbing small boats with colourful sails that lead the eye from the top to the bottom of the page. Rocks and trees with their distinctive textures are also heavily featured .In Harbour’s Edge the boat sails are darting like shark fins. In Weekend Sunshine emphasis is placed on the extra number of houses intruding into the environment. When it Rains it Pours and As the Rain Passes By feature glorious pink-to red- clouds. Cool Calm Cruising has a wonderful solitary Rosella parrot in flight.

Danielle McManus’ works for this exhibition include Scarlet Beauty an intricately detailed portrait of a waratah,  undulating with life. Milk and Honey is a striking depiction of a banksia, with curling grey stem, a magpie arrogantly yet glumly perched on top of it.

There are also some of her whimsically charming paintings of assorted people with her trademark use of huge eyes. Melody features a young accordion player in a grey dress with a white collar at night, a bird perched on her shoulder, another on the instrument.
Rapture depicts a young lady in 18th century dress, a bird at her waist, another in her hair. She appears to be listening to an old fashioned record player which has a cornucopia of native flowers, birds and butterflies exploding from it. Wild At Heart shows a young child with a fox ear headdress, looking like she is holding a book or symbolic doors to the heart, with butterflies perched on her shoulders, flowers– especially a large waratah -and birds .

I Wish I Could Fly Like You is a wistful portrait of a lonely young child up a tree wearing old fashioned pilot goggles and surrounded by birds.

A most exciting exhibition. The exhibition runs at the Neutral Bay branch of Traffic Jam Galleries until 10 December 2018.

Featured image- .Danielle McManus-‘Rapture’- 90-x-120cm-acrylic-and-mixed-media-on-canvas.

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TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : JENNY GREEN’S ‘QUADRIVIAL’ AND REBECCA PIERCE’S ‘BOUQUET GARNI’

Two very contrasting artist’s works in this most exciting exhibition currently showing at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries.

Jenny Green’s QUADRIVIAL is her latest sculptures , where you can feel the weighty shapes and admire the cool, severe lines.

In medieval monastic education, the Quadrivium was the study of the big four – arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music. In her show QUADRIVIAL, Jenny Green explores these four elements of the Quadrivium, experimenting with the interlocking of both positive and negative space and the interrelationship between solid and open form. Jenny takes tetrahedrons (triangular pyramids) and colour, line and curve to explore harmony, geometry, and the sky.

In the QUADRIVIAL series itself, all made of bronze , the interlocking shapes are solid and heavy yet at the same time appear to be floating . Quadrivial 8 has a reflective mirror underneath.
Vertex 1 and 2 are large stainless steel works. There is a sense of enclosed space yet simultaneously stretching and pushing against this. Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : JENNY GREEN’S ‘QUADRIVIAL’ AND REBECCA PIERCE’S ‘BOUQUET GARNI’

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : GEMMA LYNCH – MEMORY MAPS OF MEANING

“A Chakra is like a whirling, vortex like powerhouse of energy. Within our bodies we have seven of these major energy systems.” – Gemma Lynch-Memory

This vibrant , exciting exhibition is currently on display at the Mosman section of Traffic Jam Galleries.

Born in Bathurst , NSW , Gemma Lynch-Memory has held over twenty solo exhibitions and her works have been collected both throughout Australia and internationally and are included in both private and corporate collections.This particular exhibition is a journey through Chakras and our energies, emotions and experiences of life. It is full of colour, energy and texture.

The Chakras : the seven energy centres position throughout the body that help regulate all its processes – are explained in notes and diagrams on the walls next to the various paintings. Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES : GEMMA LYNCH – MEMORY MAPS OF MEANING

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES CURRENT EXHIBITION: FEELING GRAVITY’S PULL

FEELING GRAVITY’S PULL: J Valenzuela Didi

The current exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries is entitled FEELING GRAVITY’S PULL featuring works by J Valenzuela Didi.  Born in Malaysia he now lives in Brisbane , QLD.

Most of the works are rather large and unframed. Don’t forget to check out the street facing sides of the windows before you enter as some paintings included in the exhibition are displayed there.

According to Didi the exhibition explores ‘the fragmented moments of life’ ,’ the melancholy that accompanies the awareness of mortality’, and ‘The figures and objects that appear in these scenes is a reminder that we are all celestial bodies floating in space, bound by gravity’s pull.’ Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES CURRENT EXHIBITION: FEELING GRAVITY’S PULL

NATURE’S WHIMSY – DANIELLE McMANUS AT TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES:

 

A most charming and delightful exhibition has just opened at Traffic Jam Galleries. Danielle McManus’ current exhibition is called NATURE’S WHIMSY. McManus is a member of the ‘stable’ of artists who regularly exhibit at Traffic Jam Galleries . This exhibition showcases her trademark style ,with the huge eyes of the human figures and incredible detail in depicting the flora and fauna in the various works , which include both paintings and a major selection of charcoal drawings. Continue reading NATURE’S WHIMSY – DANIELLE McMANUS AT TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES:

UNTITLED: CURRENT EXHIBITION AT TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES

Beth Radford Illuminate

The current exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries , UNTITLED, focuses on guest artists new to the Traffic Jam gallery space , namely Oliver Ashworth-Martin, Andrea McCuaig, Beth Radford, Annabel Scanlen, Loribelle Spirovski, Wade Taylor, Murat Urlali and Kareena Zerefos. Continue reading UNTITLED: CURRENT EXHIBITION AT TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES