Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, 2011.
Spin is an essence of movement; it is a moment in time frozen in balance and motion. It draws out thoughts of weather movements like willy willies, cyclones, waterspouts and twisters. It balances on point, barely touching the ground like a ballerina. Its graceful arc gently bowing to the wind, playfully moving where the breeze takes it. It towers above you reminding you that the forces of nature are transparent but immense in their power.
Have a look at some of the other pieces in the show.
A few thoughts on exhibiting on the other side of the country...
From the West
Exhibiting at Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi for West Aussies is a great experience but one of the added bonuses of exhibiting on the other side of the country is interacting with many other artists while we are installing or at the various functions. Sometimes these meetings can have far reaching consequences. Things like the understanding of techniques, where to obtain materials or manufactured, exhibition or curatorial possibilities, or finding like minded artists for collaborations have a way of working themselves into conversations.
For instance, over a beer, WA wood sculptor Tony Davis floated the idea of a visit to his studio down in the forests of Bridgetown to his fellow wood choppers and stackers Marcus Tatton (Tas) and Stephen King (NSW) for the possibility of collaborating, sharing techniques and his treasure trove of wood to much enthusiasm. Who knows what may develop out of that!
For me while talking to Tomas Misura, a chance remark about wanting to travel to Bratislava sometime to investigate the Slovak wire tinkers traditional works and visit the Povazie Museum in Zilina now seems not quite so impossible, as Tomas, a Slovakian, studied under the exact people I want to get in touch with, astounding.
For Ron Gomboc and Nick Horn it is a chance to renew friendships and engage with fellow artists at the top of their field both academically and practice wise. Artist’s of their calibre are always ready to share advice or help when asked by more inexperienced artists. Ron had an intense discussion with Benjamin Storch and Thomas Misura on the possibilities of pooling money to buy expensive metal forming machinery that they all coveted. Ron’s copper piece this year is stunning, an intense blue and Nicks challenging work confusing the public, just the way he likes it!
The artists of K.M.S.E. aka Steven Genovese Marwha Farmy, Kate Parker and Elizabeth Marpole being the youngest of our bunch brought a little bit of home with them in the form of our beautiful sunset at Cottesloe to help keep the homesickness at bay. Interestingly the 70,s TV and the small vhs tv conveying their indoor work were both possibly made before they were even born!
Helen Lempriere Scholarship recipient Alessandra Rossi’s sandbag lounge suite found plenty of eager bodies wanting to rest on it after the climb up the steep steps.
Ayad Alqaragholli’s precariously balanced chairs and flying people in bronze had barely hit the ground before it was sold, much to his relief, as his outlay for the casting of this work and his indoor pieces was considerably more than the price of a mid sized car. I’m sure he will be forming many more ‘relationships’ with willing buyers in the future!
All in all a great experience and one I hope many more West Aussie artists will take.