Cricket Saleh / Kasper Raglus / Lotte Frances / Emma Lipscombe
25 March - 18 April
Doll Parts / Cricket Saleh
Doll Parts is a little vignette, with moments of navel gazing. It was born out of a discussion I fell into with a loved one – that lingered with us both – which queried a pause in feminism. It looks at the work itself, poking about at its decorative elements, as it soap boxes with much huff and puff, wanting to exist for greater purpose.”
Cricket Saleh works in Photography. In a professional context she is highly sought after for her completely unique approach to image making.
She has a seemingly effortless ability to capture the feeling and atmosphere of a concept. In her arts practice Cricket explores the genre of Still Life, simultaneously referencing art historical understandings of the medium and subverting it. She creates the illusion of a painted surface through considered lighting.
Her works are crisp; simple compositions, tangible texture and moody tones. Cricket’s photographs depict an ongoing interest in the ephemeral nature of life. Beauty, indulgence, consumption and decay are underlying themes in her artwork
Eternal / Kasper Raglus, Lotte Frances & Emma Lipscombe
Eternal speaks to the wonderfully endless subject matter for exploration within the realm of abstraction. Each unique in their approach to this genre of making, the work of these three artists is complimentary in its difference.
“Hands off the wheel, seeing where each painting will go. The initial feeling of an idea is very important in these new works. Rather than creating a body of work where each painting is connected I wanted to go deep into a single painting at a time and see how they felt together in the end.”
Kasper Raglus’ own special brand of contemporary geometric abstraction has few peers in the Australian art world.
A long-time resident and explorer of Victoria’s famed Surf Coast, Raglus’ nuanced blending of minimalism, geometry, hard edge conventions and painterly detailing produces bold and intricate explorations of his own natural and cultural environments – layered material notations, pigmented records and maps of worlds both internal and external, familial and personal.
“These paintings are a significant shift in my practice, they are the first group of works I’ve worked on since finishing my honours last December at RMIT University. These works expand from investigating paint, paint allows for the unconscious gestures and intuitive motions of each work to trigger ambiguous and uncertain emotions. Each of these paintings are created from references to pop culture and urban surroundings. Using methods of painting these familiar aspects are distorted into realities which are uncanny and unknown.
My painting The Heat, The Gardenias Was Like a Drug was created in relation to a comic I found in an op shop called Anne Riche’s ‘The Witching Hour’ published in Millennium Publications in 1992. Throughout the comic a certain mood is depicted, the tone would highlight the richness of the morning or night sky, dark and light shades of colour are uniquely combined. My painting takes initial inspiration from this comic, but as the painting progresses, the painting develops an uncanny form.”
Lotte Frances is a gender non-binary artist from Naarm (Melbourne). Lotte is a recent graduate of Fine Art Honours from RMIT University. Lotte’s work is interested in using methods of painting, and how painting can assist in ideas of distorting and obscuring imagery from pop culture and urban surrounds. Lotte’s paintings use intuitive and unconscious gestures to transform the familiar into an uncanny perceptions and representations.
“These paintings form part of my ongoing study of colour, pattern, space and scale. Grouped and simplified objects and repeated patterns are the basis of my work and the play of various colours forms the soul of my practice.”Deeply immersed in design throughout her life via art, interiors, landscape, architecture and design, Emma Lipscombe’s works fuse the hard-edged tangible absolute with the painterly.
Her interest lies in the confluence of geometric shape and colour, and in the transformative ritual of simplifying, sampling, re-mixing and re-working them.
Utilising skills honed in her work as a Landscape Architect on projects as far afield as London, Thailand and Beirut, Lipscombe’s works bring together a designer’s eye for order and scale with the artist’s rich understanding of colour and luminosity.
Exhibitions run 25th March – 18th April
Opening Celebrations Saturday 27th March 1pm – 3pm, sponsored by 6ft6 wines.