Robert Avitabile- Otway Improvisation
Geoff Schirmer- Shades of Light
Sat 14 28 May 2005
Little Malop Gallery is presenting concurrent
exhibitions:"Otway Improvisation" watercolour
paintings by Robert Avitabile, and "Shades of Light"
black and white photography by Geoff Schirmer. Both artists
express a personal preoccupation with the effects of light
in landscape, conveying an emotional and at times spiritual
|Robert Avitabile - Otway Improvisation
"Summer Rain" watercolour
Before moving to Geelong about four years
ago, Robert lived in the Otway Ranges for sixteen years.
Its only since moving away from the Otways that
he has created this series of watercolours for his exhibition,
The Otways have a soft strength,
which I have tried to capture in a minimal way. I have
used a wet into wet style of watercolour which evolves
before my eyes, and when I begin putting down colours,
I really I have no idea of the final outcome of each
painting. These simple watercolour paintings are of
remembered landscapes and the search for fleeting effects
of atmosphere. They are about light as it filters across
valleys, or of mist rising through dark, wet forests.
|Geoff Schirmer - "Shades of Light"
"Coastal Tree, Bridgewater" silver gelatin
Geoff Schirmer was initially attracted
to landscape photography in the late seventies, as a
way of portraying the experience of rock climbing in
the Blue Mountains, the Grampians and at Mt Arapiles.
This led to more extensive work in the
Victorian Alps, where he began an ongoing interest in
black and white photography and the portrayal of light
and shade in landscape, still life and nature, evident
in his exhibition:"Shades of Light".
His early work explored landscape and
nature as metaphors of the human spirit, enduring the
storms of life. More recently, he has been drawn to
symbols in his work, which invite us to look beyond
the image, past the first impression.