GALLERY 1 Making space Helen Smith, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward
The work of Jeremy Kirwan-Ward and Helen Smith is non-referential and derives from a formal view-point. Whilst both artists are interested in the nuances of colour, optical ambiguities and simplicity of form, the technical processes involved in production result in two bodies of work that differ visually yet have elements in common. 'Making space' will include a collaborative wall-work and paintings that investigate the notion of a romantic geometry.
Both artists have exhibited extensively and have work in many private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia. Jeremy Kirwan-Ward is represented by Perth Galleries and Helen Smith by Goddard de Fiddes Gallery.
Image above:Jeremy Kirwan-Ward: Into Five
Helen Smith, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward
GALLERY 2 Even more So
Just like gifts that keep on giving, why and how are always good questions.
While answers may be more valuable in the end, figuring things out is a process of substance and portent. I like a good reason, an irrefutable argument, and even better is a plausible solution to the problem at hand. But I'm not really convinced. The means and ends of making sense are often dubious.
Knowledge is a big enterprise of production and dissolution. What is made and lost while we're busy learning and making ourselves understood, forgetting things and being confused? The detritus is almost as poignant as the reason it submerges.
Here's to the process of becoming clever and useful and wise; it is very hard work and usually admirable.
Kathryn Gray works with narrative and research in her practice, conflating problems of art and intellectual labour. Kathryn is a Sydney based artist undertaking her Masters of Visual Arts at the Sydney College of the Arts, and has recently returned from studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.