November 15, 2013

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Hahna Busch

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Geometric Color

The work of the wonderful Esther Stewart has already been featured on the Alfalfa blog, but as one of Melbourne’s most exciting emerging artists, I couldn’t resist sharing her most recent show! Geometric Color continues Esther’s previous explorations of color and form, but on an entirely new scale. Moving away …

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The work of the wonderful Esther Stewart has already been featured on the Alfalfa blog, but as one of Melbourne’s most exciting emerging artists, I couldn’t resist sharing her most recent show!

Geometric Color continues Esther’s previous explorations of color and form, but on an entirely new scale. Moving away from the hard-edged painting seen in Makin’ Plans, this new exhibition has enabled Esther to return to a three-dimensional process developed in her Sculpture and Spatial Practice degree at the Victorian College of the Arts. Geometric Color examines the relationship between a single object and the parts that make it a whole, featuring a collection of large-scale geometric sculptures, complimented by a series of small shaped paintings. The exhibition draws connections between Esther’s process, the physical objects, the two dimensional shapes and a luscious palette of color. This investigates the distinction between the reality and perceived reality of an object, challenging the viewer to question the fine line between art, craft, design and a functional object.

The scale of the forms and the intense use of color are the two most striking features of the show. Exhibited in a small, sparse gallery at Craft, the sculptures fill the space, the largest looming over the admirers who inquisitively question the materials and processes used to create such impressive forms. The solid color of the sculptures seamlessly blends the multiple surfaces together, and draws connections back to the paintings on the wall – if you look hard enough, you can tie the shapes of the painting to various surfaces on each of the sculptures. Dr Alex Selenitsch opened the show and perfectly described the relationships and connections in the show: “The two and fro of color to geometry and back again is there for as long as you want to explore it, with no summary or end in sight”.

This is yet another delightful example of the talents of Esther Stewart, and demonstrates the breadth of practice she is capable of producing. With a number of new projects in the pipeline, she is most certainly a Melbourne talent worth keeping an eye out for.

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