Monday, 30 May 2016

The reviews are in ...

Speed of Life: review
Dee Jefferson, Timeout Sydney, 27 May 2016
... The imagery in the show ranges from the epic (constellations, oceans, the imagery of war) to the comic and quotidian. Video segments introduce us to several other characters, from the Epic Arts ensemble in Cambodia, and show moments from Ruckus's residence there.

The patchwork structure of short, disparate scenes in Speed of Life allows each performer's perspective to be expressed idiosyncratically: Gerard performs a comic and yet unsettling and occasionally slapstick routine of "rushing"; he and James talk about jobs they've had – cleaning toilets at Maccas, sweeping and moping at Harris Farms. Again, it's comic with an undertow of frustration ...


Pete's work up with the greats
Hornsby and Upper north Shore Advocate, 26 May 2016
Local Studio A artist Peter Dudding in breaking down boundaries in the art world - becoming the first artist with an intellectual disability to be exhibited at Wolloomooloo's Firstdraft Gallery.

Artistic Director Gabrielle Mordy said 250 artists applied for the exhibition and Peter was one of only 20 to be accepted.

Pig Dog is Peters' first solo exhibition," Ms Mordy said. "Pig Dog was curated by Sydney painter Paul Williams. Paul has been painting with Pete at Studio A since 2015, they have a real synchronicity in their abstract expressionist style."They also share a very mischievous sense of humour spending much time laughing at their own jokes."

At the exhibition Dudding sold half of his paintings.
"Peter seems to have thoroughly loved the experience of exhibiting and selling his work," Ms Mordy said. "His family and friends attended the opening, and Peter also bravely participated in Firstdraft's artist talk program.

Dudding said he 'felt like a superstar' during the exhibition of his work.

"I enjoyed the talks because I also got to make a drawing in front of everyone," he said. "I am looking forward to bigger works, collaborating with Paul Williams."

He has now returned to the studio space at Studio A to continue his career as an artist and is preparing for his next exhibition.

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