My sculpture Grunt made from welded iron spray-painted orange and wrapped in black industrial plastic is showing at Alternating Current Artspace, 248 High St, Windsor, Vic, 3181 until the 5th of October, 2019.
The work is wrapped in a length of wide industrial strength black waterproof plastic called ” grunt “. It is commonly used as a waterproofing membrane to protect building applications or to be incorporated into building techniques. I sourced a small role of it discarded on a footpath in West Melbourne early in 2019 at the front of a building site.
The work consists of three four disparate sized screens welded and hinged together.
The metal for the screens was sourced from a metal fabrication workshop in Williamstown. It was purchased in three uniform lengths, cut down to size so it could fit in my car and welded together in the the desired shapes at the workshop. Each screen was subsequently hinged together in the required configuration.
To enable it to be spray-painted much cleaning and rubbing back of the metal was required to remove impurities and to create the best surface to which the paint would adhere seamlessly. Ultimately the piece was carried to the spray booth where it received three layers of spray paint manually applied from the can.
Many iterations where experimented with for both the placement of the screens and the encasing wrap of the “Grunt”.
Ideally this sculptural work, ” Grunt ” needs an expansive space for suitable display and to allow the viewer to walk around it.
Always difficult to schedule the opening of a gallery show but none more difficult than a cold, wet, Spring friday night in Melbourne when AFL Football Finals have just started.
Only the hardy souls, friends and family will venture out , or will they ?Friday night in town is lively with many revellers wanting to go to footy finals, clubbing, watching live music, theatre and performance. “Subterranean” opens on the 6th of September in Campbell Arcade at 7.30pm.
For an other worldly experience brave the elements and view sculptural works in the subterranean atmosphere of the timeworn Campbell arcade in the bowels of Melbourne Town. It will be an experience quite unlike any other. The work continues to be on display until the 30th September. So have a look at all twelve windows at your leisure .
Out Loud was the exhibition of some work I made whilst on my Cove Park Residency in July in Scotland. It was a fun, semi impromptu show of small sculptural pieces made from various materials foraged and scavenged from my limited travellers supply cache.
Largely working the fluoro colour palette through material exploration of paper, rubber bands and string I achieved a massed culmination of work. It developed through a combination of colour, shape and utilisation of ready made, cheap, easily accessible materials. The concept forced me to create a body of work from the everyday common and found materials. I had a playful interaction and believe I created a thoughtful body of small readymades.
In July 2019 I completed an artist residency at Cove Park, Peaton Hill, Argyll & Bute , a remote location on the west coast of Scotland. The weather was invigorating , the site stunning and the creative company stimulating.I was in residence with performance artist, MVBrown, poet, Conor Cleary, textile artist, Raisa Kabir, and sound artist Natalia Papaeva among others.
A unique environment and the scope for total immersion in the creative process was a welcome and daunting experience. Self discipline, focus and control were all essential in the idyllic surrounds. I created a body of work drawing on the landscape and found objects for inspiration . As a traveller I also utilised the limited objects in my luggage or charity shop and cheap chain store purchases as my resources.
It taught me the value of spontaneous creative practice, using my ability and training to work intuitively and resourcefully from a minimum of materials . The creative process was further enhanced by the interaction with fellow creative practitioners. I valued my time spent at Cove Park and realise that artists residencies are a rare and necessary nurturing opportunity.
I am showing a series of sculptural works, for ‘Subterranean’, my show at the Dirty Dozen Campbell Arcade Melbourne 2-30 September 2019.
I feel a emphatic connection with the space, one I traversed frequently in my youth as a student at RMIT and later as a city worker needing to access flinders lane. I have always felt much affection for the style, grace and history attached to the area and the 1950’s fixtures of metal signage, old telephone boxes, pink tiles and black columns. The Campbell Arcade was originally built in 1955 as a pedestrian thoroughfare for spectators attending the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games . From its inception it has witnessed a steady stream of ambulatory traffic.
Laterally with the creation of the Met Tunnel to facilitate easier access to public transport the dirty dozen fortunes have waxed and waned. Threatened with expulsion and destruction this grand old dame, long a part of Melbourne’s history and possibly the best exhibition space in the city lives on.With this in mind i felt honoured to have my proposal to exhibit accepted and gleefully embarked on a series of feet and hand casts made from various materials to allude to the human traffic of the area. I have loved creating the work, am extremely grateful to be able to exhibit, and applaud the resilience of the Dirty Dozen’s claim to the title of “Melbourne’s coolest exhibition space”.