Jerry GALEA, “Untitled” (no 1, photography and mixed media on paper, $500)
Tony Jackson’s first choice for the Exhibition Highlight of the Week is “Untitled”, by Jerry Galea, professional photographer and freelance photojournalist for leading national and international periodicals. “I am drawn to this image because it conjures up the feeling of a hot summer night, when the last light of the dusk creates its own shapes and shadows, and immerses the landscape in meditative and contemplative mood. It is an image that is at once laconically simple and compositionally complex; tonally subtle yet texturally rich.”
Tony has also singled out “The Boat – La Barca”, by the sculptor Ross Miller. “This is a delightful scene embodied in a minimalist and compressed way. It really captures in my opinion the romance of Venice and the summery feel of lazy afternoons by the canal. The verdigris patination of the bronze sculpture conveys something of that all-pervading aroma of the famous canals, lagoons, and innumerable waterways. The elevated platform of the sculpture suggests a setting for a drama; its descending steps create an illusion, a nexus to the underworld.”
Tony Jackson’s third Exhibition Highlight of the Week is “From the Veranda”, by Jane Wilson. “The simplicity and originality of the composition, its unusual cropping, the artist’s skills, and surface textures are delightful in this picture. It truly captures how the crows – or in this case butcher birds – love hanging out in the field with that inimitable attitude. I readily respond to the way in which Wilson depicts the birds. There is always that mixture of humour and menace that makes you wonder just what are they thinking about when they stare at you. I feel that that clump of trees in the background is a haven that the birds might need, for they are not as tough as they would like to appear, and will retreat into the trees then time comes.”
The exhibition is current until Saturday, 1 February.
View complete exhibition online at http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/summer-exhibition.html