What we talk about when we talk about love
07 Sep 2006
Nellie Castan Gallery

clare firth-smith
what we talk about when we talk about love

7 september – 1 october 2006 
Continuing on from her first solo exhibition at Nellie Castan Gallery in 2004, what we talk about when we talk about love further investigates the distopian modernist architecture of Clare Firth-Smith. This time including works on paper, Firth-Smith presents geometric constructions, juxtaposed with soft muted colour. These works float in their own space or imagination, yet are firmly grounded in modernist geometry and popular culture.

Whilst presenting a man-made environment; which is complex and controlled, these structures also hold a sense of fantasy and futuristic presence. Their titles extend this ambiguity and fascination with their long and thought like presence.

Ashley Crawford comments ‘Firth-Smith seems to work on a juggling act between the hard-edged geometry of architecture and a poetics of colour …  There is almost a science fiction element to these plays on modernist architectural tropes’1

Clare Firth-Smith graduated with her Masters of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the arts in 2001. She has held successful solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney, and is the recipient of major Australian Art Awards from the Australia Council, Arts Victoria, NAVA and the ANZ Visual Arts Fellowship. She held a studio at Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Spaces from 2002 – 2004. Her work features in the Artbank, BHP Billiton, PriceWaterhouse Coopers and Victorian College of the Arts Collection.

1 Ashley Crawford, Hell’s Kitchen, Melbourne Reign – New Melbourne Paintings exhibition catalogue, May 2006

level 1, 12 river street, south yarra, victoria 3141
opening: 6 - 8pm Thursday 7 September
exhibition ends: sunday 1 october
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