Jane Hall - Pictorial Haiku at Mars Gallery Melbourne
Submitted by: Andy Dinan - Mars Gallery
Venue: Mars Gallery
Address: 418 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, VIC, 3207
Date: 09 Nov - 27 Nov 2011
Opening on Saturday 12th November, 2-5pm
The show is an artist’s biopic response to a culture showing great resilience and cooperation in the wake of recent disasters. Jane hall, having lived in Japan and visited just before and soon after the tsunami, often ruminates on what makes a culture and what situations highlight or reveal their intrinsic nature.
The images are of faded recollections and a kind of abstract construction of moments or ideas which repeat in ones mind when trying to pin down a fleeting feeling of knowing or understanding the other. Trying to encapsulate a definitive knowing of the culture is like describing a dream to someone. As soon as you utter some description or event you immediately know it’s not exactly like that.
The works resonate or float in one’s mind. The viewer tries to make sense of the, seemingly random, constructs in the pieces. It’s like being immersed in a foreign place or new situation with no known reference point. The white paper is dotted with abstracted coloured shapes resembling nothing seen but plenty felt. ‘The work is reflections about a culture, which has taught me so much.’