Al Munro, ‘Untitled 2′ 2015
acrylic paint on plywood, 43 x 31cm
‘Untitled’ would appear to be the most common name attributed to a work of art. Despite the word denoting nothingness, the power of the untitled work is that it has the ability to express the opposite. Artists usually name works to convey something further about the piece to an audience, whether that is a feeling, a description, or a nod to its inspiration. An untitled work, on the other hand, asks the audience to think and question a little more in order to uncover meaning.
The works in this exhibition will differ in style, medium, inspiration and affect. The only unifying quality will be that the works do not allow audiences to rely on a title for further instruction and will instead be entirely open to interpretation.
We have a few new pieces in our stockroom by two of our Represented Artists. ‘Warp 6‘ is from a series by Melinda Le Guay that is strongly based in process and repetition. The work embellishes, manipulates and deconstructs the surface of fragile and translucent paper.
In the new paintings ‘Licorace allsorts‘ and ‘Harlequin‘, Lezlie Tilley returns to her earlier considerations of the geometric patternation in quilting. Both practices speak strongly to traditional woman’s work and handicrafts; Le Guay’s through the use of hand-stitiching and Tilley’s through her visual aesthetic.
Waratah Lahy, Melinda Le Guay, Al Munro and Mylyn Nguyen have been curated into the group exhibition Kitchenalia at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. The show, on view from 28 August until the 11 October, features artists who use kitchen-related materials and subject matter within their practice. Included in the exhibition are the delicately painted glasses by Waratah Lahy, an assemblage of patty-pans by Melinda Le Guay, Al Munro’s crochet bottles and Mylyn Nguyen’s tiny tableaux contained within spoons and vessels.
TL: Mylyn Nguyen, ‘And then she said…’ 2013, spoon, twigs, pebbles, fibre, w/c on paper, 9.5 x 16 x 4.5cm
TR: Al Munro, ‘Homage to the Everyday’ 2013-2014, crochet textile, installation view
BL Melinda Le Guay, ‘Ruffle 1′ 2007, paper on board – framed, 48.5 x 72cm
BR: Waratah Lahy, ‘Van and Sign’ 2007, oil on glass – 2 pieces, 14.5 x 13.5 x 10cm