The Mercury. Visual Arts. Andrew Harper March 11, 2017 p.21
The Island
Jason Cordero
Colville Gallery

Jason Cordero’s highly involving work Between Horizons seems to show a small nude male standing at the edge of a concrete dam in the deep wilderness. The figure’s smallness and sullen, lonely posture is exaggerated by the sheer size of the painting and the lurking wilderness behind the main event. Cordero’s paintings have a haunted, eerie tinge of spectral light, making them feel slightly mythological; we recognise something Tasmanian in them. They are like vignettes from a complex magic realistic narrative, where stark blue towers of rock spike dramatically out of a dark sea, or trees twist into peculiar, half-familiar symbols. Cordero plays with scale in this exhibition, putting quite small paintings along side much larger works. He plays with dramatic storm skies reminiscent of Romantic traditions – there’s a feeling of being overwhelmed by the grand sweep of nature, but there’s a human presence in all of the works, as though someone is seeing this catalogue of enigmas and walking through the narrative.