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A young koala's beach adventure

July 10th 2013
Imogen Rogers at Barefoot

Mountain by Imogen Rogers Itís good to see a bit of unashamedly abstract painting for a change amid the oft-witnessed pleasing landscapes, seascapes and generally literal renderings found so regularly in North Queensland art exhibitions.

Magnetic Island-based artist, Imogen Rogers, exhibition, To the Is-land of 36 paintings is currently at the Barefoot Gallery in Horseshoe Bay.

To the Is-land reflects an interior world of predominantly female symbolism with more than a little Earth Mother worship detectable. And while these themes are clearly significant to the artist the works get more interesting for this reviewer when the fem-familiar prop is put aside and a little discovery of what colour, shape, line and form can achieve without having to depict any particular thing. One work, Mountain, confidently plays off the confined structures of topography with a candy-coloured sky that wants to lift itself out of the picture and suggests many further adventures in paint and pattern.


Janet Frame


Another piece, Janet Frame a loose and wild vermillion arrangement that smears close to the freedom and decisiveness found in the best of young childrenís art. With the suggestions of a face amid chaotic finger painting the play-off between straight lines and looped face shape suddenly gets serious and tormented with gashes of yellow teeth lines. Its brilliant red-headed namesake would no doubt have been intrigued.


Adams apple

Another piece, Adams Apple again plays off forces of containment and release and while the eye has much to do travelling through this truncated arrangement there is no retreat by the artist into patterned decoration and the work is the stronger for it.


Purple


While Rogers has attempted larger works such as Purple the colour is confidently and cleanly applied but over forms which are less convincing and resolved within the canvas. As is so often the case, it is the smaller, less-stressed over works which hold the most possibilities.

For this reviewerís two bobís worth, Imogen Rogers has excitement to share in her smaller visual spaces when free of the universal symbols and the cultural baggage they inevitably evoke.

To the Is-land is well worth a visit for a change from the usual suspect subject matter and the chance to see some engaging painting that isnít trying to be a picture of something.

George Hirst


Imogen Rogers at Barefoot
 
4 comments
 
Kelly
July 10th 2013
I like Purple the best! Goes to show we all have different tastes.
 
Sylvia Hayes
July 10th 2013
Well reviewed George, I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments. Your profound comment :"It is the...less stressed over works..." encourages me, as a practising artist, to work bravely and intuitively. Then to know when to stop. My best works are definitely those that I didn't stress over for too long!
 
Beth
July 10th 2013
Interesting review. Don't normally find that quality of interpretation in non-metro publications. Just the sort of constructive criticism and encouragement so many artists need.
 
Imogen Rogers
July 14th 2013
Thankyou George for such a wonderful review.
Also to Beth, Sylvia and Kelly. 'Purple' was one of 6 canvases that featured in my graduating exhibition You are right George with your insight into that one as I spent months on them and was trying to create some master pieces. As Nicole Smith ( my lecturer at COFA ) said to me you bit off more than you could chew im. They are however very special to me.
No one has quite captured in writing style what I was attempting to achieve with 'Adams apple' and 'Janet Frame' well done George you clever man.
Sorry about all the Goddess worship George but I am a woman after all lol !!!!!!
Thanks for all the feed back I so appreciate it and am glad you have enjoyed looking at the paintings. They are much better in the flesh.
That is all for now keep on a paintin or whatever makes you tick.
Love blessings and happy paint brushes.
Imogen


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