Under Heavy Manners by Ron Adams, is a collection of brightly hued geometrical paintings which glow from the whitewashed walls of Galerie Pompom.
The painter is obsessed with the letter A and the artworks reflect this. Any Colour You Are (five points), a comment on xenophobia, is a rainbow of spiky shapes arranged in a Mandala-like configuration. Whilst Batman’s a Hoot, a witty pun on masks and owls, incorporates the angularity of the letter to produce a tribute to the popular culture icon.
The artist clearly enjoys the visual and aesthetic qualities of written representation and this is seen in the series, Possible buildings from words, which takes text and transforms it into playful visual poetry.
Adams manipulates forms and colours to conjure innovative expressions which comment on social issues and modernity. This makes Under Heavy Manners a challenging and intriguing exhibition. (LR)
Until Nov 30, Galerie Pompom, 39 Abercrombie St, Chippendale, free, galeriepompom.com