5/23/06

Janenne Eaton

Helen Maxwell Gallery at Silvershot
3rd Floor 167 Flinders Lane Melbourne, May 2006
skullncrossbones
Nothing banner (verso) skull & crossbones 2006 enamel on canvas 226x251cm
Punk followed the Elizabethan urge to bring threatening unwanted theatre to where those with power stay. Janenne Eaton's painting show shows us that some at-the-top feel some rage and disgust at where-we-are and what we-have-become. Direct and focussed it's like New York prowess. What we need is a new collector class of Cubs.
Geoff Lowe

1 Comments:

Anonymous Kate Just said...

Janenne Eaton’s 'Angle of Head' made me think of the Beatles Song:

'He's a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land,
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody
Doesn't have a point of view, knows not where he's going to
Isn't he a bit like you and me?'

In the song and in Janenne’s show, ‘nowhere’ becomes a dramatic destination.

The words: NOWHERE and then, Nowheresville, appearing as ghostly and delicate points of light on the surfaces of paintings which for the most part are black, and white and red.

I was incredibly seduced by the slick and shine, and points of light on these flag-like paintings! The ‘MUM’ one called to me from across the room like a siren. The glittery stars are like Dorothy’s red slippers, the click of which returns us to the place where are safe.

And the skulls and crossbones, and sheriffs badges, bring to mind both lawlessness the ‘the law’, freedom and oppression. This border town is a glimmering place, where creatives and outsiders are beautiful and exotic and home.

7:12 AM  

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