Das Platforms / Contemporary Art

Nick Brown A Lesson in Applied Physiognomy

by Rose Vickers

27 Oct 2010


A Lesson in Applied Physiognomy

Nick Brown

Kudos Gallery 26 Oct - Nov 6

'I am my kinfolk, men and cats of rosy eggs and raw pink heads – I do everything, am everything, undone; I am my own undoing' writes College of Fine Arts (COFA) graduate Nick Brown. They're lofty words for delicate drawings and I worry that the pink-fleshed fish-men will bow under the weight of them.

Yet Brown has a nice artistic track record for producing work at the high-end, and we might expect some theory to come into play - artists with PhDs are allowed that. Since studying at the National Art School in the '90s, Brown has gained entry into the most sought-after of Australian international residencies the Cite Internationale (Paris) and Project Gropiusstadt (Berlin), as well as scoping up a John Olsen scholarship and showing in the 1996 Sulman Prize.

Expect an archaic mood this week at KUDOS gallery something colonial, a little bit biological, and very Encyclopaedia Brittanica. The artist states her inspiration as 'mythic men, and her drawing perspective as 'obsession'; it seems there is far, far more to be revealed.

Kudos Gallery