Human body in artists' focus

Corpus Momentum, at GalleryONE88 from October 22 to November 5, focuses on the human body with all its idiosyncrasies and stereotypical expectations.

The artists, Val Ingham and Karin Smith, both work at the Bathurst campus of Charles Sturt University and have come together to explore the nude in each of their chosen mediums.

The exhibition addresses questions of movement, connection, identification and heat.

The heat of Smith’s bronze and steel miniature cast sculptures as they are poured in the foundry and settle into their bodies, and the passion of Ingham’s oils on canvas, reshaped in the heat of the moment are revealed.

Smith’s figures synchronously reference traditional figurative statuary while depicting ordinary people who are obviously flawed and imperfect.

They have individual character and demonstrate a sense of movement and being human. Groups of them create the idea of a community just out of our reach.

Ingham said: “I like to capture an abstract, but accurate, feeling for the body in motion, inspired and integrated with the beautifully coloured bark of local Blue Mountain eucalypts.

“I especially like to retain the essence of gnarled and exquisitely patterned squiggly bark in my figures.”

I especially like to retain the essence of gnarled and exquisitely patterned squiggly bark in my figures.

Valerie Ingham
Concluceo by Valerie Ingham: One of the artworks at the Corpus Momentum exhibition at Gallery ONE88 in Katoomba.

Concluceo by Valerie Ingham: One of the artworks at the Corpus Momentum exhibition at Gallery ONE88 in Katoomba.

Ingham has been painting in oils on canvas since she was nine, and after leaving school was unofficially apprenticed to a master artist in Perth for a few years before launching out into her own career.  

“I am very excited about exhibiting with Karin. Her work adds a third dimension to the body in motion, it adds the missing third dimension.”

Corpus Momentum will be hung in Gallery 2 on the ground floor at ONE88 until November 5. The opening night is on Saturday, October 28.  Please contact the gallery for more details.

the sculpture is titled Venus relaxing II  in Bronze

the sculpture is titled Venus relaxing II in Bronze

Gallery ONE88 is on the lookout for exhibiting artists. The gallery, at the heart of the Katoomba Street art precinct, is now accepting bookings for the its 2019 calendar.  Contact Gallery ONE88 now at info@galleryONE88finearts.com or by calling 4782 1900.