The Shape Of More Than One

Solo Show By Olga Philip

July 21- August 8

Meet & Greet:

Friday August 6, 2:30-5pm

Saturday August 7, 2:30-4pm

Please contact gerrardartspace@gmail.com for more information.

The exhibition is divided into two parts - The East Wall and the West Wall.
Works presented on the East Wall are small and intimate and were made in 2020. They have to do with shapes gendered using the precise overlay of two or more figures. This was done in order to make a particular shape whose story I would then be interested in visually developing. Read more...

East Wall

West Wall 

CREVICE
CREVICE

Found, saw-stressed hardwood printed on Japanese paper 85.5 x 50.2 cm 2005 #18 Price: $500

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Chiaroscuro
Chiaroscuro

Charcoal on rag paper 76 x 58 cm 1988 #19 Price: $500

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Fire and Flood
Fire and Flood

Watercolour 51 x 36 cm 2020 #20 Price: $400.00

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Overstretched
Overstretched

Dremel tool etching 52.3 x 74.5 cm 2000 #21 Price: $500.00

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Davidson’s Plants on Howland
Davidson’s Plants on Howland

Watercolour 50.7 x 73.2 cm 2021 #22 Price: $580.00

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Pure Thought
Pure Thought

Acrylic paint on rag paper 56 x 76 cm 1990 #23 Price: $500.00

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Medical Exam
Medical Exam

Charcoal and conte on rag paper 72.5 x 52.5 cm 1988 #24 Price: $500.00

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Quiet Pursuits
Quiet Pursuits

Dremel engraving, wiped a la poupee 56 x 76 cm 2000 #25 Price: $600.00

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Ricochet
Ricochet

Charcoal and conte drawing 56 x 75.5 cm 2021 #26 Price: $550.00

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Still Life on a Chair
Still Life on a Chair

Watercolour 70.4 x 54 cm 1970’s #27 Price: $600.00

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Artist’s Proof (Mother Possum)
Artist’s Proof (Mother Possum)

Woodcut on Japanese paper 1983 14 x 38.5 cm (framed) #28 Price: NFS

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Songs for Myself
Songs for Myself

Charcoal and Conte drawing Size: 56 x 20 cm 2007 #29 Price: $175.00

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I Love the Wrld
I Love the Wrld

By Emily Ratch - (artist's niece) Watercolour Size: 30.5 x 22.8 cm #30 Price: NFS

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A background environment was made or chosen for each shape. Watercolour was used for Looking for Higher Ground, Interesting Times and Grief. Found images from my studio were is used as a “contextual” background for Pygmalion, First Love and A Life. Rag and handmade paper were used for the rest of the drawings. Everything seemed collaborative. Note: Chicken man is a fair witness or truth teller in each situation.

 

Works on the West Wall are large and bold and were made at different times in my career. To find pictures that complemented works on the East Wall I went through and examined every piece I had ever made. Ideas/images I was attracted to were set aside and some are presented here. The show on this wall is thematically varied. Works that still seem fresh and relevant were chosen. Three large pieces were worked on and resolved in 2021. The show’s conclusion is found at the north end of the West Wall. It is a watercolour done by my niece Emily when she was around six years old. I appreciate its sentiment.

 

Making new work for the show was an emotional treat and a way of dealing with all the challenges of 2020. The basic principles of art making I had learned years ago held me in good stead while I worked. I was a viewer and the doer at the same time, continually making adjustments, especially using the 3 o'clock in the morning solutions. I learned to hold back and suggest things, instead of visually spelling everything out. I tried to keep each work fresh, balancing the visual elements so that there is still tension but also a movement towards harmony. The idea of resolution, resolving each work so that everything feels settled and there is nothing else to do but leave it alone. Even choosing the work for the West Wall was a pleasure, especially to find work that still had relevance for me.

 

I enjoyed everything about doing this show and I hope the viewer enjoys looking at my collection of visual ideas. 
This exhibition is dedicated to my partner and beautiful friend
Joe Motta - June 1927 - May, 2021
And to the two wonderful caregivers
who helped me look after him:
Geeta Gajadhar
and Jaya Pokharel