Wednesday, 30 November 2011

extreme surfing by Ian Swift



Here's a fun piece by Ian Swift who lives in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. Have a lok at some of his other works and a bit about him here.  Swift uses a lot of found objects in his art.

In browsing that site I found that he had an exhibition on Sydney's Ocean Baths, which certainly fascinate me. So I've commissioned a local resident to get me a copy of the catalogue (hello, Nola!)

Friday, 25 November 2011

the yearning by Margarita Sampson


The Yearning by Margarita Sampson won the The Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation to Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe in March 2012.These yellow sea slugs are made from recycled banners.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

no more foreplay ????



Entitled this is one of those things that hopefully will just go away in time, by Bjorn Godwin and Jette Gejl.

It did make me wonder, however, what it is that is just going to go away in time? Protest? Stuff people are protesting against? Foreplay?

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

sea change by Lucy Barker


Along the route of the Sculpture walk, several of the benches are decorated with this webbing effect.

They are like the folding aluminium picnic chairs which used to be popular when I was younger.

Lucy Barker says on her website:

"For this work I have revived 5 existing benches around the Bondi - Tamarama walk by adorning them with colourful, vintage polypropylene chair webbing, a la beach chairs and folding aluminium chairs of lesiure. They become a reminder to stop, slow down and ponder how things have changed, and what may have stayed the same."

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

look this way by Ken Unsworth, AM


Ken Unsworth is one of Australia's most recognised sculptors and installation artists. One of his works, Stones Against The Sky has had a controversial presence in Sydney, often derided as "poo on sticks". I quite like it.

One of my favourite Unsworth workd is Suspended stone circle II. It was on display at the Art Gallery of NSW for some years.

This work won the Children's Choice award at 2011 Sculpture By The Sea.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Saturday, 19 November 2011

who left the tap running? by Simon McGrath


This sculpture is one of the most photographed and popular this year. 

The sculptor, Simon McGrath has won the Sydney Water and Environment prize, worth    $10 000.

I won't be surprised if it wins the "People's Choice" award.

Friday, 18 November 2011

11:11 by Alison Lee Cousland



I think this may have been my favourite piece this year. (Unfortunately, I'm not all that happy with the photos). As this is just past sunrise, and facing east, the golden tinge is the sun's rays. I have seen photos of this piece at other times of day when it is almost transparent. I love that idea, and it would be fabulous to see it at different times of day, in different lights. It would be afabulous permanent installation, and I hope it finds a suitable, public, home somewhere.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Message in a Bottle


This sculpture by Steven Thomson and Jonas Allen is billed as "a virtual sculpture that can only be fully appreciated via your smartphone."

Instructions are given about downloading an App, then using the camera which appears to point at the label on the bottle. The mermaid then materialises, and a snap taken.

It's a novel idea, and I had a lot of fun with it. I'm all for playing around with art, form, function and technology, and the idea of exhibitions providing a bit of fun.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Feeding the hungry blog


This morning I made my annual sunrise visit to Sculpture By The Sea. Come with me over the next couple of weeks while we explore. I must say I found it a teensy bit underwhelming this year...it was as if some of the artists with whom I have become familiar rummaged in their cupboards and found their second, third, or tenth best works....