The exhibitions by Adrian Mauriks and Louis Murray are both worthwhile. The Dutch-born Mauriks is effectively showing in Melbourne for the first time, as few would recall his contribution to "15 Sculptors" at the NGV in 1980.
In the catalogue to that show, Mauriks wrote of his unappeasable yearning for certain knowledge. The columnar structures in his current show initially suggest that he has vacated this high metaphysical plateau and is now content to move in a common terrain. But this impression dissipates as soon as you notice that these structures are actually totems. For all its physicality, Mauriks´s art is still one which gestures to truths that must be intuited or guessed at.
Gary Catalano, 1989
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