Contrary to many of the bold and colourful works in Harrison’s current “Colour My World” exhibition – Back to Brack on Bourke stands out due to it being composed in tones of graphite alone.
This work satisfies my inner obsessive compulsive nature, as each structured fragment can be categorised within a group or layer defined by shape, shade, form and plane. The work draws in the viewer, as if by closer inspection one could strip back the elements to see into the depths of the work. I have seen others in the gallery with their nose almost touching the glass for a closer look!
This inspection reveals the complexity of layers and the wealth of detail. Suddenly, my gaze reveals further surprises -in as many as five silhouettes softened and concealed within the layers of this startling piece. This discovery serves as the subtle reward that is present in Craig Harrison’s work.
The exhibition is current until 27 September 2014. View the exhibition online at http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/craig-harrison.html