Logical Coherence. Mason Vincent, Jessica Driver, Fu-On Chung.
2-17 August 2013. Ferari Space.
“It has been said that in order to receive kindness, one must be generous with acts of kindness of their own. Or to treat others in a manner in which they themselves would like to be treated. And thus the idea of friendship came into fruition in this world. The idea of camaraderie is alluring, helping our fellow brothers and sisters in order to move forth in unison. There is comfort in the knowledge of belonging to a fellowship or a pact. Through the act of lending sympathy towards each other, Logical Coherence becomes an amalgamation of disparate aesthetic values.”
I don’t really know what that paragraph has to do with the show, but, but the actual paintings that it’s promoting are excellent. I had not been to Ferari before, and being keen to check it out for months, the Ferari boys were kind enough to open up on a Wednesday afternoon while I was up in AKL. The space is much smaller than I imagined, yet, somehow each show, including this one in the flesh, seems to fit in with ample room – as ample as the next minimalist contemporary gallery space.
Each of the three works by AUT graduates Mason Vincent, Jessica Driver, Fu-On Chung are fresh, thoughtful, well researched and engaging. They seem to draw these strengths from an equilibrium of display they have created within the space: Driver’s works – darker in surface and content – almost act as a fixed anchor point to it being a white-walled painting show, as Vincent and Chung’s works float out from the wall, grabbing the viewer’s attention as they play with the boundaries of painting and wall presentation.
Nestled among the interior windows and sitting at eye height, the paintings alternate through the space effortlessly. I say effortlessly because after visiting several painting shows in nearby commercial galleries, when I finally got to Ferari I was overwhelmed at how naturally three sets of fairly formal paintings could sit just as well if not better within the context of a fairly radical artist-run garage space.
This show also got me thinking about how this group of paintings at Ferari take their place within the ever-evolving history of emerging art at artist-run spaces in Auckland. As I slowly made my way through this a little bit of this history down Great North Road, I encountered Nick Austin at Hopkinson Mossman, Julian Dashper at Michael Lett and Simon Morris at Two Rooms. Thinking back to Teststrip, Gambia Castle, Personal Best and Snake Pitt among many others that have come and gone, I wonder who will be wandering the same trail, picking and choosing as emerging and graduate artists and spaces continue to push these traditional starting points and testing waters of professionalisation and self-sufficiency. I am looking forward to what each artist does next.
Kudos to Logical Coherence for getting me excited about painting and making that garden path a little bit longer and a little bit prettier.
Photo Credit: Chloe