Sculpture – who needs it, relates to it and knows what to do with it?

'Peony Pearl' Peony Granite & Onyx, 60 x 33 12.5 CMS  | ArtAffair.com.au

‘Peony Pearl’ Peony Granite & Onyx, 60 x 33 12.5 CMS | ArtAffair.com.au

We know Australian’s interest in 3D art works is a cautious one in the main. They find it difficult to respond to and be relaxed with the third dimension; i.e. the depth of the artwork – it sticks out!

As Roger McFarlane our current exhibitor of sculpture* often jokes and says …’sculpture is that something you trip over when you stand back to admire a painting’.

To be fair, sculpture has had an enormous renaissance in the past two decades, a principle driving force is the ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ exhibition. The awareness this has contributed to the 3d arts is not to be under estimated. However architecture’s influences and association with sculpture is widespread. Today’s architecture is incorporating more and more sculptural forms and shapes within its design. This has been a phenomena for centuries once you look into the history books.

On a general note we see architecture within our homes and offices making spaces where 3D art is an obvious fit or a solution to compliment contemporary design. For example with the increase in glass or minimal walls and open spaces, 2D art – mainly paintings don’t have the place they once did in many modern dwellings. Light wells, corridors, niches glass walls, veranda or walk outs to an exterior living environment all cry out for individual expression for owners to add a personality to their living areas.
Yet why do many of us not recognise this obvious connection?

Sculpture does provide a wide range of subject matter and mediums so it is not limiting. The available choices for home and office placement means one is not short of choice. Mediums typically used are:- marble, mild steel or any grade for that matter with a good range of finishes, stainless steel, stone (many varieties of Australian or imported stone is available), bronze – no longer are we restricted to brown black patinas, almost any colour can be developed. Plastics, glass, wood, neon, soils, ice, brick and multi-mediums are further options.

I hear several of you say, I’m familiar with figurative sculpture but what else is there? The growth of all styles and subjects are here. Traditional, classic, expressionist, abstraction are all evident in the marketplace. For some areas of the world, styles are restricted by way of acceptance. In several Middle Eastern countries the figurative form is not sought, they favour the abstract. We in Australia with our egalitarian tastes are more accepting, albeit reserved about living with sculpture. Lets hope this will change with time.

The McFarlane exhibition – see on our website http://www.cookshillgalleries.com.au expresses both figurative and abstract forms in marble, granite and various coloured marbles.
The sculptures are of a domestic scale and thus could be housed inside or outside of one’s home. I would recommend you come to the gallery and form a relationship with a sculpture – touch it, walk around it and see and feel a response when you view the exhibition. The exhibition continues till October 14, 2013. Thereafter the gallery has Roger’s sculpture in stock.

We realise that sculpture may need some thought as to placement. The Galleries director will assist you to find the best location for sculpture relieving you of any doubt about being unsure of where to site it. The gallery also offers skilled transporters for delivery and placement of a purchased sculpture.

MW
September 2013

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