Tag Archives: Sculpture

Art + Design exhibition

Weapons Culture

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Weapons culture 2015, screenprint on Tiepolo and charcoal in etched glass reagent bottle

This work consists of two parts. The book, ‘The Weapons Culture’ by physicist Ralph E Lapp published in 1968, utilised in this work traces the rise of weapons culture and its domination on American society. I employ the burnt book in my art practice in a transformation that exposes the materiality of the physical, organic form to engage in altered perceptions of the frame in which the book was set. The process of transformation involves pyrolysis which reduces the book to an almost pure carbon state which is ground as charcoal and stored in the reagent bottle. A portion of charcoal pigment from the book is crushed into a paste based ink to screenprint a summary of expenditure per capita that reveals the contrast between military expenditure and arts funding. This information was sourced via the internet from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the American National Endowment for the Arts and is cited at the base of the print.

The work was submitted as part of a group show at the H D Skinner Annex, Otago Museum to support the Art + Design Symposium held at the Dunedin School of Art 16-17 October 2015

Showing alongside this work was a print collaboration, UGANDA, produced by Neil Emmerson and me.

Compact

Salon des femmes got together for a one night show in association with OUSA Art Week. The exhibition theme was a response to the word ‘compact’ and was held in a small entry foyer leading to art studio spaces on 140 George St.

compact to make more dense; compress; condense
condensation Psychology The process by which a single symbol or word is associated with the emotional content of several, not necessarily related ideas, feelings, memories, or impulses, especially as expressed in dreams.

Dream work

 

 

 

 

 

The reagent bottle containing the charcoal remains of Sigmund Freud’s book The Interpretation of Dreams, symbolises suppressed hopes and dreams.

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Dream work with Becs’ Maquettes I-V 

Check out Salon des femmes for more images.

Sculpture on the Peninsula

Carbon boots

Carbon Boots, Recycled, pulped newspaper, fabric and clay transformed into charcoal. 19 x 24 x 32 cm each pair x 7

Carbon Boots, charcoal, 19 x 24 x 32 cm each pair x 7. Situated on the historic Louden homestead verandah.

Sculpture on the Peninsula is a biennial event that takes place at the historic Louden Farm, Teddington on Christchurch’s Banks Peninsula. The event is a weekend fundraiser for Cholmondeley in Governor’s Bay and is hosted by the Lombardy Charitable Trust.

Work boots are regarded as possessing a tough, reliable durability, offering comfort and trusted protection. They are synonymous with the physical production associated with the manual labourer working on the land or employed in industry. Increasingly, however, work boots represent the human contact with the earth in the rescue and rehabilitation of environmental damage. Through concerns that our living world is in crisis, the fragile Carbon boots are created from recycled newspaper and transformed into charcoal works that retain the carbon content in the newspaper. The ephemerality of charcoal communicates the impermanence of life and the reality of human existence in a consumerist world.

Opening night 8 November 2013

Opening night 8 November 2013

Also among the fifty-five artists taking part in the event were friends, Jane Armour and Liz Rowe whose works feature below.

 

Jane Armour

Jane Armour

Liz Rowe

Liz Rowe

Art & Money

‘Withdrawn’

Following four highly successful symposia held at the Dunedin School of Art – ‘Illustrating the Unseeable: Reconnecting Art and Science’ (2009), ‘Art and Law’ (2010) ‘Art and Medicine’ (2011), and ‘Art and Food’ (2012) – the Dunedin School of Art and Brandbach organised a further Symposium, ‘Art and Money’, in August 2013.

The symposium included an exhibition at the Dunedin School of Art gallery.

Installation view 'Art & Money' with works by Pamela Brown and Kerry McKay (foreground), Blair Kennedy and Andrea McSweeney, Marion Wassenaar, and Andrew Hurle

Installation view ‘Art & Money’ with works by Pamela Brown and Kerry McKay (foreground), Blair Kennedy and Andrea McSweeney, Marion Wassenaar, and Andrew Hurle

'withdrawn' 2013 ex library book and digital print, book size 13 x 22 x 14 cm, digital print 39 x 61 cm.

‘Withdrawn’ 2013

Withdrawn includes a digital reproduction taken from the original dust jacket of a retired library book. The hand written text below the image shows a summary of expenditure per capita that reveals the contrast between military expenditure and arts funding.

World military expenditure in 2012 is estimated to have been $249 per capita. Comparison of funding per capita by selected arts Councils and agencies: Arts Council of Wales, $17.80, 2012/2013; Arts Council of England, $13.54, 2010; Australian Council, $8.16, 2010/2011; Creative New Zealand, $2.98, 2009/2010; National Endowment for the Arts USA, $0.47, 2012

On a shelf, directly beneath the image, sits the the library book reduced to a carbon shell.

Withdrawn, 2013

Withdrawn, 2013, ex library book and digital print, book size 13 x 22 x 14 cm, digital print 39 x 61 cm

Boy Band

Traversing interdisciplinary boundaries each artist in BOY BAND has employed a suitcase to encapsulate a poignant idea or moment in their candidature. Though distinct the art works meld together in the vitrine and emphasise the cohabitation and collaboration required during this interment but also suggests the singular and isolating nature of participating in a master’s program. – Rachel Allan

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BOY BAND – Self Titled Album is situated within the diminutive V-Space, in Otago University’s Robertson Library that, for me, expands on Marcel Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Valise). Working with found objects, each artist has in some way responded to the use of a suitcase that suggests that their research is not terminated at the end of their programme but has the capacity to venture into further fields of discovery. 

Boy Band Self titled Album

Boy Band Self Titled Album

News of the World is a response to the News International phone hacking controversy that exposed corruption and bribery in the British press and the consequent closure of the ‘News of the World’ publication after 168 years in print. Carbon and the dust jacket are all that remains of the book titled ‘Journalism’. The carbonised book rests on the Yellow Pages which mirrors the colours of the dustjacket slipped into the pocket of the briefcase. White collar, professional journalism is in the business of investigating and reporting and of holding others to account – The News of the World failed when it came to itself.

News of the World - detail

News of the World – detail

News of the World, 2013 Carbonised book, dust jacket, Yellow Pages, briefcase

News of the World, 2013
Carbonised book, dust jacket, Yellow Pages, briefcase

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

Carbon Black 2013

Carbon Black  was  my Master of Fine Arts site specific installation at the Dunedin Gasworks Museum coinciding with a documentation show at the Dunedin School of Art Gallery. A chapbook publication was produced for the show. Works also featured in Printeresting

Eve, 2012, digital print from carbonised apple

Eve, 2012, digital print from carbonised apple

A photographic image from Carbon Black was exhibited in Open DoorsPortas Abertas (Open Doors) is an international participatory artistic project organized by Fórum Eugénio de Almeida on the occasion of its opening in the former Palácio da Inquisição (Palace of the Inquisition), marking the start of the cultural and artistic activities to be presented in this new space in Évora, Portugal.