fortyfive downstairs

fortyfive downstairs” is a Melbourne based not-for-profit gallery and theatre space.  It is great for a lunchtime visit.  It supports big works and this visit had large photographic works and even bigger oil paintings.

Serap Osman’s exhibition is titled “hands all over”.  She is commenting on the use and misuse of plastic.  I think she has done so with a sense of playfulness,  an eye for place, colour and surprisingly fashion (later discovered she has a background in fashion).  And that was before I read her artist statement.  These works are both great photo’s in themselves as well as statements on the impact we have on our environment.

Serap Osman: Hands all Over #3, 2017, photograph 880 x 1070mm (included with artists consent)

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Kerry Armstrong’s exhibition is titled “A Life Seen Through Cut Outs”and consists of big, bold, colourful  oil and acrylic paintings.  She loves big, dynamic marks and uses lots of paint.  Some of the work reminds of a free-wheeling, childlike approach to art and these were the emotions Kerry drew on but in a grand scale.

Kerry Armstrong ‘Girl in Grass (Night)’ Paddocks for Ponies series, 2018, acrylic & oil on Belgian linen, 250 x 190 cm, framed in black Australian oak (included with artists consent)

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