White and Ogge openingn at Flinders Lane Gallery
Saturday 23rd March, 1pm - 3pm
Address: 137 Flinders Lane Melbourne 3000
Date: 19 March - 13 April 2013
Sense of Place
Naomi White’s highly realistic paintings capture the tropical atmosphere of her local Brisbane area. Teeming with verdant growth and illuminated by early morning light, her complex compositions transform the suburban landscape – driveways, easements and curbs - into sites of abundant interest.
White’s visual language is at once painterly and generous. Capturing the fleeting quality of light and shade with small delicate brush makes, her attention to detail signals a personal experience of nature. Rather than focusing on grand narratives, White’s works have an ability to find beauty within the small details of fallen leaves and garden beds.
White has been exhibiting since 2002 and has held numerous solo exhibitions around Australia. In 2012, she was highly Commended for the Calleen Art Award, also winning the People’s Choice Award. She has been a finalist in the Tattersall‘s Art Prize, the Wynne Prize and the Paddington Art Prize.
'I love working with light and the way it changes a vista throughout the day. The different shadows and patterns it makes and the way it can completely change colours from one moment to another depending on the time of day or even the season you see it in.
I paint in a variety of sizes but particularly enjoy painting on a large scale. I love the amount of detail and impact you can achieve with size. I suppose I have a documentative approach but one that looks for an emotional reaction not a rational response.' Naomi White
For centuries, even millennia, travelling fairs and circuses have roamed the world and become part of our collective imagination. They are places that appear and disappear. Loaded with symbolism and metaphor, they bring with them wondrous encounters with the mysterious. The strong man, the half man-half woman, Pierrot and acrobat are iconic characters loaded with psychological and symbolic meaning.
Throughout his career, Mark Ogge has used this iconography to create a rich imaginative landscape. Much of this has been with large commissions, including his work for international Spiegeltents around the world and Luna park in Melbourne. This exhibition brings together this imagery on a more intimate scale with beautifully executed studies of iconic fairground imagery and their characters, full of symbolism, humour, & melancholy.
Mark Ogge's dreamlike paintings evoke childhood memories both dark and magical. Ogge, who has also painted the façade for the Melbourne Festival’s famous Spiegeltent, has long been fascinated with the iconography and imagery of the circus and fairground.
Ogge undertook a major comission for Melbourne’s Luna Park in 2008, creating a 60 metre mural titled One Thousand and One Nights, featured in the parks scenic railway. His recent work continues his facination with fun parks and circus life for which he is best known, while also delving into new subject matter exploring such biblical legends as St George and the Dragon and The Temptation of St Anthony.
A brooding disquiet is carefully embedded into all of Ogge’s work. Exploring the dichotomy between enchantment and disillusionment the artist invites us to step into his strange and sometimes frenzied environments. His dreamlike hyper reality is reinforced by the use of saturated colour and loose, visceral brush strokes.
'A central theme of the work is the dichotomy between enchantment and disillusionment. The transition between the childhood experience of the fairground as a wonderland of lights, colours, movements, and adventure, to the adult realisation of a more ambivalent reality, the cheap stuffed toys, tired old rides and stalls, junk food, and hard bitten showies. These works aim to convey something of both these ways of seeing. The circus tents and their landscapes are inviting, with all their associations of mystery and excitement from childhood, but the absence of people and the sombre atmosphere suggests a loneliness. The tents allude to the self and the landscapes that contain them are the interior mood or feeling.' -Mark Ogge