From 26 February until 29 April 2012 fifty-five artists will be exhibiting sculptures at the Heysen Sculpture Biennial in the Adelaide Hills. The works range from representative figurative works, to ephemeral, abstract, and conceptual pieces.
My sculpture, ‘The Agonising Paralysis of Choice’ is one of the works:
From my website: Do I choose the safe, known option? Or risk the consequences of the unfamiliar and uncertain? What if I choose wrongly? Of could I have made a better choice?
For this same exhibition I had the great honour of being entrusted to complete the multi-part sculpture for my good friend and collaborator James Martin, who passed-away from cancer in October last year. While he was sick, but still had the strength to work, James cast the 5 heads using glass-reinforced cement. We think he planned on making 30 to 50 of the heads, but wasn’t able to make more than 5 due to his illness.
James had been the Head of Sculpture at Adelaide Central School of Art. He was my teacher there, and in the past couple years we collaborated on several public art projects, but always came second. I’m sure that we would have won the next project!
James was an incredibly talented and well-respected figurative sculptor and teacher. He created the 13 story tall Merlion at Singapore’s Sentosa Island, and was the sculptor for the larger-than-life size cast bronze Vietnam Veterans’ War Memorial at Adelaide’s Torrens Parade Ground, to name just two of his many successes. He was somewhat shy about the Giant Prawn that he made as a tourist attraction at Ballina, NSW. I also thank Karen and Neville and Clifford for their contributions and suggestions about completing the works; and Tim and David for their excellent critical contributions and their strong backs, during the installation process at The Cedars.
The Heysen Sculpture Biennial will be opened at 6:30pm on Sunday 26 February by Nick Mitzevich, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Vale James Martin.