Master strokes: Cummings delivers again.














Elisabeth Cummings (Aust. b.1934) The Orange Table, 2014, monotype, 76 x 56cm

I enjoyed a Gallery crawl with friends through the Eastern suburbs today. Sydney seems to have given up on Winter and has moved straight into a clear-aired Spring.


Chien-Chi Chang












Chien chi Chang (Taiwan, b 1961) photograph of inmates from the chicken farm in Taiwan.


Of course, you spend time in Kings Cross and Paddo and you’re going to be seeing some great art. Magnum Photographer Chien chi Chang’s  sobering photographs of mentally-ill inmates at a Taiwanese chicken farm is showing at National Art School Gallery.  Couples are chained together all day, and supply unpaid labour for the chicken farm endeavour. More than a little sobering.














Fiona Hall (Aust.b 1953)Untitled, 2014, plastic toys, billiard balls, deer teeth.


Roslyn Oxley9 is hosting both Fiona Hall and Destiny Deacon at present. Hall produces work both humorous and tragic, with a variety of media from Tongan bark cloth through scrounged military camo shirts to deer teeth.  This exhibition was a bit heavy on the skulls for my taste but there were some beautiful pieces nonetheless.











Elisabeth Cummings, Coffee pot and pot plant, 2013, etching, 25 x 25cm

The stand-out winner for me though  was Elisabeth Cummings’ solo show at King St Gallery on William. Cummings, who I was lucky enough to have as my teacher back in my TAFE student days, is still powering on producing stunningly beautiful and energetic work, despite being 80. If anything, she continues to improve, which is really saying something. It seems to me that nowadays she allows more ‘air’ into her works – areas of little or no paint, negative spaces that flow around and through the work, giving pieces a certain lightness of touch. These areas act as a necessary foil to dense and sometimes brilliantly coloured areas. The show was mostly monotypes, etchings and painted ceramics (colllaborating with Louise Boscacci). There are also some luscious oil paintings out the back in the office area, and some small gouaches. Well worth the trip.  I walked away inspired and humbled.




Elisabeth Cummings, Figs and Garlic, 2013, monotype, 56 x 76cm