By Grace Hunt
December 06 ‘14 – march ‘15
I visited Yvonne Todd’s “Creamy Psychology” at City Gallery the day before it was being downsized; in total there was around 150 photographic works by Todd, the first time the City gallery has given over so much space to one artist. The first thing I noticed about this exhibition was the sheer amount of work By Todd that was on display, I found it to be kind of overwhelming and lost interest relatively quickly because lots of her photographs depict very similar things (Heavily made up women in a commercial photographic setting with something slightly off kilter seemed to be a reoccurring motif). I would’ve liked to revisit this exhibition when it was downsized to see if it made any difference for me.
I then noticed the presentation of these images differed from the more traditional way in which photographs are hung; many were hung in clusters at differing heights. I presume that this was a conscious choice to hang them in such a way was to further emphasize the off-kilted nature of the photos, however I found it to be more of an annoyance than anything because it meant I had to the images longer to figure out what was “off-kilter” about them and wondered if it was really necessary.
What I enjoyed most about this exhibition was being able to have small glimpses into the behind the scenes of Todd’s photos, on the second floor of the City Gallery there was a collection of vintage gowns owned by Todd that were alongside some of the photos they were used in. There was also a collection of her workbooks with tests and ideas before they had come to fruition on display. I personally enjoyed this bit the most because I am intrigued by the work that goes into creating photographic works, I think that the effort put in to photography is often overlooked because of how instantaneous the final product is.