Honestly: New Artists Show 2002

Kate Newby

Kate Newby, Ella Bella Moonshine Reed, Warren Olds, Lauren Winstone, Joyoti Wylie, John Lake

10 July – 3 August 2002

Curated by Hanna Scott

The fifth in our series of New Artists shows, Honestly presents the work of six emerging artists from around the country. While the show doesn't have a theme the works are united by an attitude, reserved, even calculated, tones of understated humour and mock-serious gestures.

John Lake's quasi-scientific video Longer Whiter Cloud documents a lava-flow of shaving cream as it erupts, endlessly and with a riveting display of textures, from marsh-mellow to mud flow.

Kate's House of Fashion launches a 2003 Spring range in conjunction with Newby Models Inc. Stepping lightly between the worlds of fashion and art, Kate Newby's low-rent aesthetic, customised couture and commercial acumen is a deliciously ironic aside to fashion's glossy, oversold metaphors.

Warren Olds's
sleek boy racer wall painting embodies the cult of customisation with flame motifs and a contrived bedroom-laboratory aesthetic straight from the boy-next-door.

Ella Bella Moonshine Reed's installation draws on the Gallery's diffuse natural light through its conservatory-like ring of windows. Strikingly understated, Reed's patient husbandry has produced a crafted and stylised assembly of pale-purple African Violets, the epitome of do-it-yourself propagation.

Lauren Winstone's corporate alter ego Big Wheel Enterprises neatly elides the boundary between art and commerce. Big on self-promotion, BWE’s stock-in-trade merchandise is diminutive art editions for trucking culture, loudly promoted through signage, ads and posters.

Joyoti Wylie's charming and disarming songs are recited in myriad voices, across 1950s telephone wires, like voices from another life and another time. Infused with sentimental and candid quotations her poetic narratives and musical compositions are laced with alternately playful and disturbing overtones.