CURATED BY CHRISTOPHER CHAPMAN
The exhibition of new Adelaide art GLEAM expressed an attitude fresh and smart, confident and positive; hip to the groove of a now aesthetic. The title evolved from group discussions that incorporated this attitude, as well as ideas about the physical and psychological effects of light and colour. But beneath the day-glo pseudo-logoism and colour-drenched projections lay something deeper. Yoko Kajio's and Kate Stryker's projected works were mesmerising and hypnotic; Peter Harding's meticulous 'spin-paintings' were connected to themes of psychology and sexuality. James Dodd's wall painting loomed as a huge manga-tag; and in the centre of the gallery crouched Tim Sterlingšs intricate construction of carved craftwood, cassette-tapes and two little birds tussling with an elastic-band-worm, titled 'Bomb'.
The exhibition was a part of the FEAST Gay & Lesbian Cultural Festival. Opening night refreshments were sponsored by Carlton United Breweries.
With the assistance of Arts SA's Organisation Development fund, GLEAM will tour to The Physics Room contemporary art space in Christchurch, New Zealand from 30 May to 24 June, 2001.
A colour poster-catalogue was produced with texts by the curator and artists.
above: documentation from the exhibition
image: l-r (wall) James Dodd; Peter Harding, (floor) Tim Sterling
by Alan Cruickshank
EXHIBITION PROGRAM 2000