Sunday, September 7, 2014

The ASV Annual and Awards Exhibition

In amongst everything else I managed to put my work into the show. The foyer of 120 Collins Street is an awe inspiring spot - the ceiling is very high and there is a skylight way above. The 105 odd works fill the place reasonably well -  and my three are in there. I've got two works from previous Herring Island shows and one new one.

Four Horsemen

The Four Horsemen sit pretty well - even though that particular work would go best against a wall. I put together a YouTube clip to explain the concept of that one ... I wonder if I'm imposing my interpretation on an unwilling audience?

Release the Dream
Then there's Release the Dream that decided its own mood .... a lovely piece of Manchurian pear wood that came from Canberra.

After that the new one - a piece in wire and plaster coated with polyurethane by Austuf and then painted... and that was fun! Here's the background for The Pelagic Creation:
In the beginning, Eurynome's movement southwards caused the North wind to spring up behind her. She turned and thought this looked interesting and rubbed it between her hands. So was the serpent Ophion formed. They danced and coupled, then Eurynome became a dove and brooded their egg on the waters. From this egg all living things were born. Précis from Robert Graves Greek Myths. The work is painted in homage to black opal – a distillation of the primordial sea. It would cost five times as much if cast in metal.
The Pelagic Creation

The photography of the show was a marathon effort - although Rob Anderson took it in his stride - I suspect he works that hard every day. It will take a little longer to get all the data entered on the ASV website... still glitches in the system for entering prize winners - but it's getting there.... wish us all luck.