Between Two Worlds is Jewels Stevens latest showing at Collingwood’s Kick Gallery. As always Stevens has splashed out on colour, with works that are vibrant, sensational, and once again, she’s created works that lend a view of audacious colour that one might imagine lives some place between the horizon and a vivid imagination filled sky. At times explosive, this latest hanging sits against Kicks walls mid-eruption.
“It is no trick to make a simple thing complex” great jazz bassist Charles Mingus once said. “The real accomplishment is making something complex simple”
Stevens – in her 4th solo exhibition with Kick – has taken her now signature use of colour to an absolutely emotive level. Her clever use of perspective leaves the viewer wondering if we have perhaps fallen into a world too small or large to visualise. This latest wonder from Stevens runs until April 28, 2012.
As always Kick Gallery’s Jake Hoerner – above with artist Jewels Stevens – laid on a warm, welcoming first night, his clever mix of patrons is always such a treat.
Stevens’ first exhibited with Kick Gallery in 2009 and has rapidly developed through prolific exhibiting and undertaking residencies in Europe and America. Between Two Worlds is Stevens’ 4th solo exhibition with Kick Gallery.
Between two worlds is a new exhibition of lavish colour laden paintings, each work in this sensational new series is evocative, striking and immediately engaging.
Through her careful composition, refined mark making, and audacious yet balanced colour selection, Stevens creates works that are sublime responses to her mind’s eye and imagination.
Immediately after her second 2009 exhibition Stevens left Australia to undertake a two month residency in Iceland with the Association of Icelandic Artists and then returned and produced her 2010 exhibition Jewels of the North. Stevens was recently accepted to undertake another residency in Vermont, United States, that will occur later this year.
The Age Newspaper’s art observer, Dan Rule said of Jewels Stevens: “Though awash with arresting strokes, contours and gestures of colour, the quieter moments of this bold and fragile suite of oil paintings from Jewels Stevens affords its strengths. Chrysalis finds its resonance in the softer elements of its palette, its gouache-like tonal gradients, its hints and whispers. While her feet are planted firmly in the realms of abstraction, various familiar motifs and echoes of figuration dominate- tangles of colour sprout and bloom like flora, mountain tops peek through lurid clouds, and landscapes materialise only to lose themselves to intangible medleys of shape and colour. Created in the wake of a residency in Iceland, Chrysalis offers the poetic trace of a lovely, alien world.”
Jewels Stevens’ Between Two Worlds runs until April 28, 2012.
Kick Gallery is located at 4 Peel Street, Collingwood, Victoria.
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Saturday 12 – 5pm
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