Fri 21st September - Sat 9th November 2019
‘Cornucopia’. This classical and mythical idea of a ‘cornucopia’ is usually shown with the image of a goat’s horn or a woven basket in the shape of a horn overflowing with the bounties and abundance of the land. This has been expressed in the artist’s works on display in the gallery, but also a gesture to the loss of abundance in the world today with Fiona Shadwell’s hand-painted cloth titled ‘Parched Landscape’, and Christine Wynyard’s interactive piece ‘Abundance Lost’. They are both a reminder of the peril there is when we don’t take care of this planet. We live with the contradiction of the waste we create and the joy of a delicious piece of fruit, a flower in bloom, the delight in the re-shaping of recycled wood and this exhibition explores some of these paradoxes.
‘Till death do us part’ by Ali Walker & Christine Wynyard in The Solo Space
Review by Stephen Wright
Til Death Do Us Part brings together two significant local artists, Christine Wynyard and Ali Walker whose small scale works have been popping up at Blue Knob exhibitions for several years. For the attentive, these works have often been small disruptions in the general local art discourse and bringing both artists together shows us what local artists are really capable of when they put their thinking caps on.
Wynyard and Walker have taken an unflinching view of death, impermanence, separation and loss that is panoramic, delicate and robust, and isn’t afraid of whimsy. They show us the traces death leaves behind, and how they are registered by those still living. There’s a clear sequence to the exhibition as well, beginning with Wynyard’s lovely representation of the Heart Sutra and end-stopped with Walker’s ‘Cup of Life and Death’.
In between, Wynyard’s minimalist, precise Buddhist-inflected paintings embrace Walker’s spectacular ‘Grave Goods of a Warrior Queen’. It’s an exhibition to take some time over, to reflect on. Death is, after all, present in everything, in every moment and this exhibition - which it is not possible to praise too highly - shows us that in embracing it is what makes living possible.
Both exhibitions will run concurrently until Sat Nov 9th
Artists & Friends The next lunch will be held on Thurs 31st October at 12.30pm with a set menu for $20 incl Main & Dessert.
Things I'd like to take with me but can't -The mystery III
by Christine Wynyard
Knob Hall Gallery 719 Blue Knob Road, Lillian Rock NSW 2480