Nearly Dry: William Alexander @ Total Kunst Gallery:
6-31/09/2010 open daily from 10am
A selection of paintings exploring the tensions between the human world and the artistís mind. Everyday subjects, the battle, recreation, environmental degradation, and over consumption are taken into an existential moment of frozen action placing the viewer in a state of anticipation.
Three paintings make up the heart of this exhibition, each the site of a pictorial battle or a game.
The magic realism of Cena in Montagnana intrigues and threatens the viewer with the mass of large grinning whale, somehow found to be lying on a long dining table in a field of spinach in northern Italy. A small man sits at one end preparing to dine, but is transfixed by the mighty creature which may just as easily be about to swollow him.
The triptych Unfair Battle number One has the artist constructing an opportunity for a battle. The charge has begun and it appears both sides are committed, but the space in the centre allows for many potential outcomes. The triptych lies at the centre of a wall, hung church window style, with
four smaller studies representing the pleasures and worries of a middle class life, which could just as well be a replacement of the heavenly dreams of the past. They can be seen as an offering to the victors of the Unfair Battle.
Other rewards for the victors, within the exhibition space, include the chance to cultivate the Mountain Greenhouses and enjoy Ski Sunday. The latter is a scene of harmony which uses multiple pictorial devices and modern art iconography to draw the viewer in and out of a slightly mysterious snow-covered valley.
While the menacing tones of House Psychology, represent the growth of inner demons onto a painting of the artistís parentsí house.
There is a selection of works based on geographical diagrams and two whimsical works; Canoe Spew based on an image formed from the build up of dirt in a sink and Jack in the Green where the brush strokes have found their own form.
The artist will be creating new work, an interactive sculpture, Where Are The Indians in which the viewer becomes the cowboy to locate them, and finishing certain parts of existing work throughout the month long exhibition.