Review: Goodfellow Show at Seventh

Antonia Goodfellow Seventh Gallery December 2007 Goodfellow exhibited sculptures and drawings at Fitzroy Seventh Gallery in December last. The sculptures had a sci-fi feel coupled with interior kaleidoscopic hippy “I am so stoned” visual effects. The sculptures looked they were made by or for Dr Who. Goodfellow’s sculptures were however not as fun as the sets of Dr Who which were always beautifully clumsy and fragile. The sculpture work I enjoyed the most was on the floor, but it too despite the home-made pointy paper cones was not clumsy enough, and remained too earnest. On the other hand the drawings on the wall were rather cool. They could have formed the whole show. They were precise proposals for other places and systems. Hard edge lines forming triangles, circles, hexagons and other shapes.

Shapes within shapes, linked by lines traversing the page. What grand schemes are these? The drawing suggested three dimensional space in a way much richer than the sculptures. The drawings set up a dynamic relationship with the viewer, a space for entry and imagination. What was on show at Seventh was just a beginning but I can see these drawings being developed into a complex body of work.

By David O'Halloran

David O'Halloran

David O'Halloran is an Australian visual art curator of 25 years experience working with some of the country's most important visual arts organisations including the Biennale of Sydney, the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, and the Adelaide Festival. For the Glen Eira City Council Gallery he has curated important exhibitions that surveyed the work of significant Australian artists, including Elizabeth Gower, John Dunkley-Smith, Jon Campbell, Jan Murray, Stieg Persson and Victor Mazjner. David O'Halloran fondly remembers a maxim drummed into students at art school - "you can be so open minded your brains fall out".