Trigger is an initiative by Fringe Benefits to promote local artists and curators and this first exhibition is on until the end of the month. Sadly, the best that can be said for this effort, in the Fringe’s Hindley St foyer, is that it is modest.
Riley O’Keefe, an honours student in visual arts from Uni SA and founder of the Twopercent Collective, is the curator of this eight piece production. His efforts are not helped by their being no briefing notes on the works or the artists and what information was available was the office copy that had to be returned when completed. One of the pieces also appeared to have collapsed off its wall mounting. Hardly the stuff that says let’s help the struggling creatives in our midst get ahead.
Of the works, Laura Haigh’s Moments were interesting. Fascinating twig structures in up-turned jam jars were touched up by sparkle, pearls and shells, making for nice conversation pieces. James Marshall’s four photo montages of gruesome human forms also caught the eye; one a pyramid of mouths disgorging blood, another of a dismembered body. Clearly the onset of the Halloween season and even our local Zombie Walk would be getting Mr Marshall excited this month as well.
Intentions such as these to give artists a forum to strut their stuff are worthy but if not properly supported by the gallery they trigger nothing for the artists and provide the merest of fringe benefits for the effort to view.
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