Leg of Lamb managed to catch the tail end of Whitney Bedford’s first solo exhibition at Starkwhite in Auckland last weekend. Working with ink and oil on board, the LA painter presented romantic seascapes that refer obliquely to the artist’s varying emotional states and personal relationships. Like shipwrecks, Bedford uses paint to sink her images. Recalling academic conventions (enhanced by the excellent cluster hang), Bedford’s paintings of blushing icebergs, grand ships and blooming fireworks also operate as abstracted sites of catharsis.
From here to there finished on Wednesday, but Bedford has also guest-curated a group exhibition entitled Art/Music, Alchemy that runs at Starkwhite until February 21, 2011.