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.
Now Representing LOUISE FORTHUN
— Saturday 31st July 2021
I first came across Louise Forthun’s work in the 1980s when she was selected for an exhibition of young, mostly unrepresented, artists. She exhibited three large, aerial nocturnes of St Kilda Road which, with their black grounds dotted and streaked with white were suggestive rather than depictive; so not surprisingly their level of abstraction scored a direct hit on my visual taste. Suitably impressed I rang to ask if she would consider showing with me. My instincts were right but my reaction had not been quick enough: she had just signed up with Tolarno.
But we remained in touch - a relationship helped along by her long-term personal friendship and professional connection (including a collaboration) with Kristin Headlam - and on various occasions she showed works in group exhibitions. Basically, but not exclusively, these all continued her initial analysis and exploration of the nature and structure of the urban environment.
Kate and I look forward to including various works of Louise’s in forthcoming group shows, leading up to a small survey exhibition in April 2021.