Tuesday, November 29, 2016

111 George St

My recent sculpture THE MONITOR has just this week been installed in the foyer of 111 George St, one of Architect Robin Gibson’s iconic Brisbane buildings. The sculpture, standing 2.0m high is constructed of unfinished “black” steel and cast concrete slabs, common materials in the construction of the contemporary urban landscape. Each slab is cast using a mould made of waste polystyrene packaging, and so, the negative space once occupied by appliances, electronics and gadgets realigns itself to describe a human form. We are what we consume.

These devices improve our lives; enhance our ability to communicate and interact with each other; give us access to vast repositories of information; make life easier; increase leisure. Conversely, there is a sense that our reliance on technology somehow diminishes our humanity and the ever-increasing rate of technological development only further exacerbates the schism. THE MONITOR, cast from the packaging of computer hardware, patiently observes the change.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Ashburn Wilson Update 2016

After a year long wait, ASHBURN WILSON have finally been installed at the entrance to the Roma Regional Airport. Thanks you so Much Sandy MacDonald for the photos. Currently planning a trip that will see me out west some time around the turn of 2017/18.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

MONITOR disrupted humans

Casting is now complete on this piece "Monitor" which was begun several months ago. Each slab is cast in a mould made from waste polystyrene packaging. In this way, the negative space within the packaging, once occupied by consumer goods had come to describe a human form. You are what you eat, or in this case, consume. Which sounds like i'm being negative but only in part. I see this as an ambivalent work. 
Many of those things we buy are labour saving devices. They make life easier, help us communicate more effectively; more broadly, enhance our enjoyment and facilitate both our work and our leisure. As the increasing pace of development further increases our reliance on gadgets, to the point where they become seamlessly integrated into our lives and inevitably, our bodies, how we manage that consumption will most certainly be problematic. Potentially liberating while also quite possibly signaling our end as human.

The head itself is not free standing so I have designed a steel plinth to support it. Like the sculpture, the plinth is modular in design and bolts together like oversize Mechano. I have an opportunity to display some work in the foyer of an inner city government building toward the end of the year so I'm pushing forward my plans to finish this work so I can give it it's first outing in a very public place.