The Hidden Place

June 10, 2009

Nicola Hicks

Filed under: Contemporary Painters — thehiddenplace @ 2:20 pm
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Nicola Hicks is known primarily for her extraordinarily textured sculptures of animals, people and hybrids thereof.  Here charcoal drawings and etchings have a brilliant balance between rough physicality and disintegrating ephemeral line.

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There size is almost overwhelming, yet there is a delicacy in both the marks (despite their display of bravura) and in the material.  Thin brown paper was simply tacked to the wall of the gallery when I last saw here work.

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There is some truth in Flowers Gallery’s claim that her work “often combines charm and menace in equal and sometimes devastating measures”.

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August 15, 2008

Alison Lambert

Filed under: Contemporary Painters — thehiddenplace @ 8:59 pm
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Alison Lambert creates large oversized drawings of heads in a technique fairly unique to herself.  Drawings are created, torn, covered, redrawn, pasted over, redrawn until a very compelling palimpsest of hours and hours of drawing is formed.

The resulting work is powerful, raw and has a psychological impact that comes from a wonderfully paradoxical mix of both frailty and brutality.

Her work has improved over the years, becoming increasingly sophisticated, showing depth beyond simply an interesting technique.  My fear is that she will repeat herself ad nauseam.

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