AGSA adds Rick Clise sculpture to collection

March 11th, 2016

The Art Gallery of South Australia has accepted my donation of my work ‘Artist’s Statement / Self-Portrait’ to join its contemporary art collection. This is quite a thrill for me.

Artist's statement/self portrait

Photo: Michal Kluvanek

For more info about the work click here.

Rick Clise closing metal fabrication workshop end of March 2015

March 11th, 2016

After operating a small metal fabrication workshop in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs for the past 12 years I’m shutting it down at the end of this month, and auctioning most of my fabrication equipment. It was a big decision but I’m looking forward to a new change in my visual arts practice.

I have room at our new home to build a small studio for quiet, lighter weight work, and will develop that. At this point I don’t know how the new work will evolve but I’m looking forward to the journey.

More details soon.

2016 Palmer Sculpture Biennial – ‘400 parts’

March 11th, 2016

My most ambitious sculpture project ever undertaken is ‘400 parts‘, installed at Greg Johns’ property at Palmer, about 1 hour drive east of Adelaide, for the 2016 Palmer Sculpture Biennial. The work is about Climate Change, my feelings about it, facts about Climate Change, and actual good news about work being done to address and repair Climate Change.

This is my third involvement in the Palmer Sculpture Biennial. Until late December 2015 I worked part-time as Greg’s studio assistant for about 3 and a half years. But that didn’t guarantee my anything with the Biennial!

400 parts close-up
Image: ‘400 parts’ detail

If you are a Climate Change denier you won’t like it.

If you want to read more about it see 400 parts.

The Palmer Sculpture Biennial was opened on March 5th by Tracey Lock, Curator of Australian Paintings and Sculpture, Art Gallery of South Australia. The exhibition is open Wednesdays 2 – 5:30pm and Saturday & Sundays 11am – 6pm until 3 April.

Allow about half a day to see all the works as Greg’s property is 400 acres in area. You are advised to wear bush walking footwear, a hat for shade, take sunscreen and to bring drinking water to carry. During opening hours there are volunteers at the gate and a 4wd will drive people who need a lift up the hill. There is additional water available on site and there is a basic toilet if needed.

Scanty additional details at: Palmer Sculpture Biennial info.

2016 Heysen Sculpture Biennial – 21 Feb – 1 May 2016

March 11th, 2016

The 8th Heysen Sculpture Biennial was opened 21 February by Erica Green, Director of the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, and runs until 1 May. This outdoor exhibition includes sculptures by artists from South Australia, Victoria and Queensland. It is held on the grounds of The Cedars, home and former studio of Sir Hans Heysen. For details see the website above.

Rick Clise, Chair – Heysen Sculpture Biennial Inc. committee

Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition – Oct – Dec 2015

March 11th, 2016

My work ‘In case of emergency, break glass‘ was exhibited at the 2015 Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards, the last one curated by Savaad Felich. He will be greatly missed in subsequent exhibitions as his wonderful assistance to participating artists during his time as curator was appreciated by all, and regularly acknowledged.

Painted steel and glass box with book Understanding Modern Art inside, and a small metal hammer

In case of emergency, break glass‘ is a tongue-in-cheek comment on contemporary art. I enjoyed making the work and displaying it. It had earlier been exhibited at the Palmer Sculpture Biennial, then was leased by the City of Adelaide for display in the State Administration Centre.