Exhibition of new imagery from Bernadette Smith and Mark Elliot-Ranken at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock Street, Camperdown www.smithrankenart.com
for more info contact Mark at 0404265024
Aesthetic Transgressions at Chrissie Cotter Gallery is a two person exhibition of painting and photo media from October 10th to 21st October. Mark Elliot-Ranken and Bernadette Smith are artistic partners now based in Sydney. They spent many years living and working overseas where the influence of travel and diverse cultural experiences have found expression in an expanded sensibility. Both contemporary artists share an affinity although their aesthetic processes differ. Meet the artists in person and share in their creative insights.
Dr Mark Elliot-Ranken’s work has seen a steady refinement towards a minimalist aesthetic concentrating on surface, language and the exploration of space. His current works are large enigmatic canvases with a restricted palette concentrating on the act of painting and the ongoing creation of visual language exploring the terrain of the sub-conscious. Mark sees his work as dynamic expressions of space explored through the language of poetic mark-making. “This is the language of liberation - a state we all need to obtain to live rather than simply exist.” says Mark Elliot-Ranken.
Bernadette Smith MFA investigates the sensual depths of impasto surfaces and the viscous fusions that can occur through oil painting. Her paintings follow a finely honed aesthetic exploring the materiality of paint and surface structure where skeins of paint are pushed and pulled to reveal their quintessence. In her experimental photography she plumbs psychosocial depths as imagery emerges out of the shadows into light. In both art forms Bernadette explores the core embodiment of the media. “Form becomes content representing synthesis in this process-based art research. The traces that remain are like an alchemical residue.” says Bernadette Smith.