McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery
29 July - 11 November 2018
Sanné Mestrom's Black Paintings, made from undid spun wool mounted on steel frames, derive from a series of minimal abstract paintings by the American painter Frank Stella from the 1960s. Flat, sharp-edged and masculine, Stella's works exemplify the influential theory of modernism proposed by American critic Clement Greenberg - that painting was progressively refined to its surface qualities. Conversely, Mestrom's series celebrates the rough texture and comforting qualities of wool and the associated notions of weaving as a feminine craft. Stella's severe and austere canvases are re-posed as endearing sculptural objects and installations, complemented by a series of delicate gouache paintings.