Ben Hall - LAND FILTERS
Welcome to Wilson Street Gallery
In 2004 the Australian art critic Robert Hughes, addressed the Royal Academy in London about the trend to value the current fashion in art, and art as an investment. He famously countered with these words:
‘What we need more of is slow art: art that holds time as a vase holds water: art that grows out of modes of perception and whose skill and doggedness make you think and feel; art that isn’t merely sensational, that doesn’t get its message across in 10 seconds, that isn’t falsely iconic, that hooks onto something deep-running in our natures. In a word, art that is the very opposite of mass media.’
At Wilson Street Gallery, we are lingering. Heather Ellyard, Chris Gentle and Ben Hall are each artists whose deep sensibilities emerge not as clarion calls but as wave sets of yearning and beauty. They are part of the gallery’s close-knit artist community and we are learning to better appreciate their presence as each exhibition passes. In Summer 2010/11, spend time with their work.
The process of trapping time, however, has many guises. In January, Newtown resident and sometime street artist, Will Coles, and young Melbourne-based sculptor, Melanie Fitzmaurice, arrive at Wilson Street. Coles uses the very images of mass media and consumerism to make us stop while Fizmaurice’s sculptures reinvent familiar objects. Things are never what they seem.
After four years, the Gallery team is as brim full of excitement as ever.