Review - Otago Daily Times, Art Seen. Travel Log, Adam Douglass, Blue Oyster Gallery
... At the Blue Oyster Gallery is "Travel Log" paintings by Adam Douglass, an exhibition which is initially striking for works which display vast painted fields saturated with abstract colour, consumately controlled and beautifully elusive surfaces.
Yet these paintings are not purely abstract; in fact, the majority contain one or two figurative elements which seem to emerge or retract from an atmospheric haze in a play between the painted surface and the mirage of depth.
Though their features are indecipherable, their forms barely recognisable, the beings that inhabit these travelscapes have a shamanistic or surreal quality, inviting closer inspection while simultaneously evading the viewers gaze.
The painting 26/90 is one such example. In this work a hybrid creature inhabits the foreground, one that recurs throughout several of the works in this exhibition. Though its body and face have the lithe quality of a wolverine, its limbs suggest a more human muscularity, characteristic of an animal that might stalk through fables of the grotesque.
By Penny Hunt
- Adam Douglass 2004
Dunedin, New Zealand