Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.
— Short Intro by Charles and Kate Nodrum
When we go through the stock lists and picture racks to plan for group shows, there are some works which we keep deciding to pass over. “Maybe next time”, we say. Often this is because their subject matter doesn’t fit comfortably with the rest of the group – usually it’s sex, violence, death, or politics – and, not surprisingly, such works tend to ring as jarring a note beside a modernist landscape or still life, as against a geometric abstract. Sometimes it’s simply the fact that the work remains enigmatic – posing questions rather than making statements.
So, in these difficult times, we’ve given these “difficult” pictures a room of their own. And hence a warning, some works in this exhibition contain explicit content.
Any underlying theme? Perhaps the way artists as disparate as Arthur Boyd and Tony Coleing use the distortion of the human form as symbolic of the distortion of the human mind. We’ll let you, the viewer, decide on that.
Charles has never been shy of a difficult picture, often being attracted to the strange rather than necessarily the saleable. So, in a sense, this show demonstrates another vein in his collecting taste – and one that Kate feels (worries) she may have inherited.
Charles & Kate Nodrum, June 2020