Linda & Harry Stanbridge

Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond
December 9 - January 18

Shell No. 1, ceramic, aluminum

Victoria artists Linda and Harry Stanbridge share an interest in geometry as a formal vehicle. They apply it in pursuit of essential realities in their own creative work, and as a form of iconic imagery that alludes to Plato's notions of ideal forms beneath the flux of ordinary experience. Their work is more about such "truths" of beliefs than specific social narrative.

For Linda Stanbridge, the spatial ambiguity and visual paradoxes she explores in ceramic and aluminum relief sculptures are part of what has been described as her "constructivist sculptural impulse." Her three-dimensional objects are frequently optically demanding. Like the drawings of M.C. Escher, they compel us, as viewers, to try and locate a point at which to locate our vision. Her more recent work has moved even more in this direction as she continues to pare away her earlier meditative approach to modeling with clay. In this exhibit, she takes what she describes as "a more demanding look at intellectual ideas and visual perception".

As a painter, Harry Stanbridge focuses on the "auras" edging his enlarged and simplified shapes. These shimmer against colour fields suggesting vast illusionistic spaces beyond each picture plane. His work demands a more meditative than visual concentration as he nudges viewers towards insights resulting from the congruence of inner and outer shapes.

© Mia Johnson