Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to EyeContact. You are invited to respond to reviews and contribute to discussion by registering to participate.

JH

Varied Todd

AA
View Discussion
Yvonne Todd, Denim Seagull, 2013, HD digital video (ed. 1 of 3, 2 AP),  framed Panasonic 55” LED TV, 130 x 77 x 6 cm Yvonne Todd, Milk Study, 2012, C-type print mounted to dibond (ed. 2 of 3, 1 AP), 47.8 x 60 cm Yvonne Todd, Insistence, 2013, C-type print mounted to dibond (ed. 1 of 3, 1 AP), 80 x 66.2 cm Yvonne Todd, Ready and Silent, 1993/2013, Hand coloured darkroom print (ed. 1 of 3), 40 x 29 cm Yvonne Todd, Camille, 1993/2013, darkroom print (ed. 1 of 3), 40 x 29 cm

Todd has only made one video previously. This one, Denim Seagull, is her second and quite remarkable: a young woman in a loose fitting ‘tie dye' denim shift, standing vertically and looking impassively at the camera while her arms gently sway, as does the pale blue garment. The movement is subtle in its restrained rocking; you have to look closely.

Auckland

 

Yvonne Todd
Gentle Disco

 

20 November - 21 December 2013

The half dozen or so Yvonne Todd works currently displayed in the Ivan Anthony Gallery are on the right at the top of the stairs - in the rooms overlooking Karangahape Road. We see a couple of coloured photographs of carefully positioned vegetables, a single unusual video, some ‘informal’ black and white photographs, and oddly enough, a couple of handmade greeting cards with collage.

Todd has only made one video previously. This one, Denim Seagull, is her second and quite remarkable: a young woman in a loose fitting ‘tie dye’ denim shift, standing vertically and looking impassively at the camera while her arms gently sway, as does the pale blue garment. The image is vertical - not horizontal - and its movement is subtle in its restrained rocking; you have to look closely.

The soundtrack also is crucial: the plaintive cry of a seagull fades in, is repeated a few times and then fades out. It could almost be a distant child, a cat maybe. Once you realise it is a seabird, it suggests perhaps that the girl is a friend of sailors - evocative in a very vague way, especially if you are keen for a narrative that links image with sound. Then you realise her strange behaviour - the swaying arms - could be that of somebody keeping their balance on a pitching ship.

Her veggie photos are also fascinating. They make the most of being positioned on a shiny reflective Perspex base with a white matte background, especially one (Milk Study) of a drained glass of milk, a solitary pea and a small horn shell. The other (Insistence) of a skinny carrot and chunky corncob leaning against each other hints at the monumental. There is a large button mushroom between them that alludes to the mount behind the white backdrop, a densely packed ‘framing’ field of gorgeous mauve daisies.

The crispness and acuity of Todd’s coloured images sets up a vivid contrast to the three or four smaller black and white photographs she has on display. One, Ready and Silent, shows two bunches of carrots (side by side) that are hand tinted, as if on a very old greetings card for market gardeners. Another, Camille, shows a young woman in tights playing tennis. She is facing away from the camera and partially in shadow. For Todd it is an unusually animated image, a body in energetic physical pursuit. Its spontaneity is very different from her usual pronouncedly static images of women, with meticulous, preplanned compositional detail.

John Hurrell

Print | Facebook | Twitter | Email

 

Recent Posts by John Hurrell

JH
Deborah Rundle, Optimism of the Will, 2018, (detail) two fluorescent tubes, battens, vinyl cut text, courtesy of the artist

Paean to Gramsci

TE TUHI CENTRE FOR THE ARTS

Pakuranga

 

Deborah Rundle
Are We Not Ready?

1 December 2018 - 10 March 2019

JH
The installation of YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES' Asia is for Poor Slobs, 2014, at Te Uru. Photo: Sam Hartnett

Language Fusillade

TE URU

Titirangi

 

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES

Some Graphic Sex, Heavy Drinking, Bloody Violence, and Dirty Language


24 November, 2018 - 24 February, 2019

JH

The Latest ‘White Fungus’

Taipei

White Fungus #16

 

Edited by Ron Hanson
Art directed by Mark Hanson

Published in Taipei, Jan 2019

JH

A Digression is Not a Distraction

SPLIT / FOUNTAIN

Auckland

 

distracted-reader
Time to Think Like a Mountain



Issue #3, Split / Fountain 2018