EXHIBITION REVIEW: Unique forms of Discontinuity by Toni Warburton

Peter Cooley, Through the Archipelago, 2-26 February 2012

Martin Brown Fine Art


Peter Cooley, Corellas 2, 2011, Through the Archipelago, 2-26 February 2012, Martin Brown Fine Art

Peter Cooley’s polychrome ceramic sculptures bring you closer to the wild otherness of the avian species than any visit to a zoo ever could. Cooley’s unique forms of discontinuity in space refuse to capture, but manage to ‘get’ the fast twitter flutter peck of “birdness”, on the bough and in the air.

Cooley is a bush walker and he puts what he sees into cut out negative shapes, carved rhythms of folded forms painted in brilliant colours and   shimmering glazes that  conjure the feathers, flight and soaring wings of  “birdness.”

Cooley’s encounters in Through the Archipelago seem more real than the deconstructed blurr of a fast shutter speed “wildlife” photograph taken with a telephoto lens.

Modernist to their evacuated cores, Cooley’s masterful painted majolica glazed ceramics continue sculptures redemptive synthesis of colour, texture and form that Picasso got going in the early 20th Century with oil paint on bronze in his six variations on A Glass of Absynthe, cast from  hand modelled wax.

Author: Australian Ceramics

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