Archive for July, 2011

‘Two Septics’ – SALA 2011

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Flyer for our SALA exhibition

(The above flyer prints nicely on an A4 sheet of paper if you click on it, then select ‘Print’ from your web browser.)

You’ll find a brand spanking ‘All New’ pair of sculptures by me exhibited during the 2011 South Australian Living Artist (SALA) Festival. This year’s SALA festival is ‘bigger and better’ with 4,132 South Australian artists exhibiting in 543 venues statewide.

One of the exhibitions not to be missed is called ‘Two Septics’ and anyone in Australia or the UK who is of a certain vintage will understand the reference, which we are using to refer to Rebecca Whittemore and me, two expatriate American artists in Adelaide. In this cutting-edge exhibition Rebecca is showing works from her stunning ‘Private Universe’ series of high contrast, black and white scanograms, and I’m thrilled to be exhibiting with Rebecca. Her works were most recently exhibited in the United States.

My two sculptures in ‘Two Septics’ resulted from an introspective period where I wondered what makes any artwork ‘important.’ The art world seems to be completely subjective, without an objective bone in its body. What makes an artwork important, is it exhibitions at prestige galleries, sales, reviews in art journals, or some mix of black magic and luck? Maybe I had a Bruce Nauman moment by naming my two sculptures ‘Important Work.’ Perhaps time will tell.

Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition 1 to 31 May 2011

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
2011 Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition flyer

Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition 2011

My small indoor sculpture ‘As it is’ was exhibited at the 2011 Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition from May 1st to 31st.

Before ‘As it is’ most of my metal sculptures were painted or powder-coated as the final process, which obscures the actual metal surface. While making this sculpture I initially planned to paint it as well, but the lovely colours resulting from the steel manufacturing processes, and the heat discolouration from my welding, appealed to me and convinced me to leave it ‘as is.’

Welded, lacquered steel sculpture, 'As it is'

'As it is'