Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Sharing and Enjoying Diverse Works

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Sharing and Enjoying Diverse Works

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ART exhibitions may reflect the personal exploration of a particular theme or imagery, they may be the collective presentation by a group of like-minded individuals or they may offer broader cultural engagement.

Whatever their brief, art exhibitions are a rewarding means of sharing diverse creativity with a wide audience.

The opening exhibition of the 2013 season for Culliford Gallery at the Toowoomba Art Society, 1 Godsall St, is Tubular Variations, the work of Michael Cook.

The minimalist compositions use a simple pipe-like template reminiscent of plumbing supplies. They also recall the early works of the French artist, Fernand Leger, whose style of Cubism was termed aTubisma because of his use of cylindrical shapes.

In Cookas works the tubular form is the main character of the paintings in which the object becomes the subject clinging to the surface of the paper. The geometric systems form patterns suspended over spattered voids and gestural splashes of colour. The small scale of the works, the uniform framing, and the fact that the artworks are, for the most part, double hung adds to the intensity of the visual impact.

The presentation emphasises the relationship of negative and positive space in which the gallery wall becomes a significant player.

Individually the paintings have an air of mystery, an almost symbolic reverence in which the cylinders take on the appearance and secrets of ancient cartouches. …

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