Arts Review: colourGRIND 2012 Exhibition – The Soul Box, Adelaide (27.04.12)

In the sight-centric world of art, colour perhaps plays the most crucial role in giving an image emotion. Even the lack of colour, a black or white canvas, can provoke an emotional reaction from its audience. Colour was the theme of Friday night’s ColourGRIND 2012 Exhibition, featuring local and national artist exhibiting their works to raise money for the vision impaired.

Bringing together twenty-one artists of varying media, the exhibition sought to raise funds for The Royal Society for the Blind by auctioning off donated works from some talented emerging and established artists.

The event was held at Adelaide’s welcoming new Hindley Street venue The Soul Box, which was bustling with people eager to view the artworks. As you entered the gallery space, your eye was immediately drawn to the two prominent sculptures by Joshua Timmins. Timmins works carry a strong musical influence, with these two work being fantastically detailed John Lennon and Metallica-themed Guitars. Timmins had also submitted a Nine Inch Nails-inspired piece entitled Hurt to the silent auction.

Standing out in the galleries front room were also works by Adelaide photographer and graphic designer Emma Kate Codrington. Her work Chrysalis: Unravelling Anorexia explored the eating disorder in words and pictures.

Taking pride of place amongst the works to be auctioned off was a photograph by documentary photographer Mark Tipple. Tipple contributed a piece for auction from his series, The Underwater Project which has recently evolved into a book.

Adelaide designer and commercial photographer Brent Leideritz exhibited some sexy, bold photographs with a commercial edge. His auction contribution, Strawberry Seduction was the first work to be auctioned off. One standout artist was Gee Greenslade, who exhibited some imaginative and darkly beautiful works of art. She is clearly one emerging creative to watch out for.

The auction was a huge success, with artworks selling quickly to enthusiastic bidders. ColourGRIND co-Founder’s Susannah Stankiewicz and commercial photographer Benjamin Liew are clearly passionate about the cause, and about art. This auspicious event gave excellent local, and national, artists the chance to gain exposure, sell some of their work, and contribute to a very admirable cause.

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