Words and photographs by Daniel Smith
Absence, an exhibition by Josh White and Braddon Snape has just finished at Kaleidoscope Gallery in Waterloo. The exhibition consisted of a series of large scale oil paintings with music tracks by Josh White and bronze & terrazzo sculptural pieces by Braddon Snape.
It has been a busy time for both artists in preparation for the show. Josh White’s studio space in Newcastle was shut down by the Newcastle Council part way through the preparation. With 48 hours to move his stuff, Josh had to find a new studio and relocate. Braddon Snape has been in Korea for a couple of months as one of five international artists to participate in International Sculpture Festa (ISF 2012) and Symposium in Seoul, South Korea. Braddon worked on a smaller scale for this exhibition, his first in a gallery space in some time. The majority of his previous works have been large scale public art works and sculptural commissions.
Kaleidoscope Gallery, in it’s latest iteration, is a long space that offers up a challenge for two artists to exhibit in. Josh with his large scale dark paintings and Braddon’s smaller scale bronze works. It all fit together nicely though with each artist occupying one side of the long space. Scale aside, both sides carried equal weighting.
The exhibition title Absence is indicative of a sense of loss that exists in the works, an unknown element is apparent. White’s paintings are sombre in palette and execution and have a contemplative quality. The figures in Snape’s works mill around holes in the ground and small objects, they carry a sense of foreboding and loss.
Have a look at Kaleidoscope Gallery and more from the show and the artists:
Kaleidoscope Gallery 3-7 danks street, Waterloo NSW – www.kaleidoscope-gallery.com
Photographs © 2012 Daniel Smith. Art ©2012 Josh White and Braddon Snape.