Month: January 2015

Creamy Psychology

Creamy Todd Yvonne’s Todd’s survey exhibition at City Gallery Wellington Creamy Psychology is both seductive and creepy; two words which also describe Todd’s practice at large. I’ve always liked it but have never been sure why. Off-kilter scenes featuring women on the verge of tears or in tears or post tears, surreal compositions of plumbing pipes, a pregnant lady in space, dolled up young pageant girls, women stoically returning your voyeur’s gaze, dressed in garb from the 70s and 80s; all uncanny and uncomfortable. This is the first time City Gallery has given as much space to one artist and Todd has made sure there is a lot to see. Some rooms worked better than others. At times it felt as though I was looking at “fillers”; as in those works (like filler songs on an album) were a bit samey or seemingly weak in comparison to the majority of the exhibition. Perhaps a smaller number of photographs in those areas, with more breathing space, would have been more effective. I’m not usually a fan …