Young artists from 12 to 25 years are exhibiting 86 different works in the Norwood Concert Hall’s Don Pyatt Hall as well as the council chambers foyer and what an eclectic but excellent collection they have presented.
There are three age categories, 12-15 yrs, 16-18 yrs and then 19-25 years. The eldest category winner is Jess Taylor with her Self, a larger than life charcoal pencil drawing with Jess in a dirty mood, with hammer in hand and various small paper panels attached (no doubt by the aforementioned tool of trade.) It is confronting and innovative and one can only trust Ms Taylor is not so sombre in real life.
Hayden Lihou’s Lightweight features a young lad jumping through cloud laden skies. The deep blues are a feature of this mixed media work. Also working with clouds, and doing so with skill is Alice Blanch. Her work, Clouds, is a photo montage of late afternoon light wrestling with cumilo nimbus billows. The panels work well to make interesting something that may otherwise be predictable.
In just the mid age category, Genevieve Brandenberg’s In the morning of the magicians is inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock and she too does an excellent job. The paint is thick and layered and while seemingly chaotic, considerable skill is required to hold any such work together on the canvass and the enchanting title just adds to the viewing experience.
Emma Codrington’s My Sanctuary is probably the best photo on display; her bedroom is depicted with all sorts of knickknacks behind a veil that treats us with the insight but forewarns us also not to enter. Meanwhile Tim Burton type imagery sits at the core of Grace Mitchell’s Evergreen Lucidity and Alison Woodward’s Evil Eye. Patrick Cassar’s Bipolar also does a nice job, his image of the condition convincing without any judgments.
The big pity is this exhibition is on for such a short time for many of these works deserve more time in the sun and the chance of a wider audience to enjoy and may be also acquire.
Images: L-R Lightweight By Hayden Lihou; Bipolar by Patrick Cassar; Self by Jess Taylor (with Jess Taylor)
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