This is Reconfigure, a work which takes the thematic elements of earlier steel and valve works like “This?“, and translates them into different materials.
The work consists of two parts – a chain structure made out of oiled recycled wood, and a length of recycled ferry mooring rope.
For a permanent installation, the chain could be attached close to a ceiling via the stainless steel eye-nuts, rather than the temporary truss structure in these images. It can be reshaped side to side, and the droppers adjusted up to 3 metres, allowing the sculpture to be adapted to suit whatever space it’s in.
- Oiled reclaimed wood.
- Reclaimed Sydney Ferry mooring rope.
- Stainless Steel cable & fittings.
- Dimensions variable. Approximately 9.9m long x 3m high.
- Available to order in custom sizes.
Here are some examples of possible alternate configurations for the work. In this case, the mooring loop was taken off the end of the rope. Left on, the work could effectively capture the moment of the thrown mooring line in the air.
From the first sluice gate in an irrigation ditch, to the modern industrial world, or the vessels of our circulatory system, the valve is a concept that for me, captures a fundamental structure within life.
Its purpose is to restrict or block that which passes through it, yet in doing so, it enables whatever it is restricting. It is an adversity device, the challenge against which successes are measured, the setback against which we aim higher, limitation in all of its forms which inspires our greatest achievements.
This valve is neat, a clean example of industrial-strength control and protection. It supports a corroded pipe, which left in the elements will corrode further, until it is replaced by new sections which can begin the corrosion cycle anew. Looking through the pipe, the half-moon view created by the valve’s partially closed gate, occludes and frames whatever vista the work is oriented towards.
This work is a finalist in the 2012 University of Western Sydney Sculpture Award & Exhibition. The exhibition takes place from May 4th – June 3rd 2012.
- Painted steel, raw steel & found object.
- Dimensions l,w,h (approx): 3.4m, 0.8m, 1.6m.
- For sale $6000 + delivery.
The flow of silvery liquid interrogating and investigating the valve that constricts it. Materials are painted steel, and a gate valve.
- Painted steel, raw steel and found object.
- Painted section is rustproofed & painted with Automotive paint
- For sale $3500 +delivery
The third of my large scale valve works, There. is a combination of right angles and curves in raw steel with the patina of industrial use worn proudly.
- Raw and painted steel
- Dimensions l,w,h (approx): 1.2m, 1.3m, 1.7m
- For sale $1200 + delivery
An attempt to create a smaller version of “There”, and tackle the problems of relative scale in the various components. When changing the scale of a sculpture, one has to take into account some fundamental issues to do with viewing angle, viewing distance, perceived weights etc.
- Waxed steel & brass valve.
- Dimensions l,w,h cm (approx): 14, 17, 29.
- For sale $150 + delivery.
Building on the process of Left Hand, this work scales up, while stripping away. Four years, seven months, three weeks and six days worth of prescription medication vials capture time in the form of mass repetition.
- Glass vials, engine coolant, mirrored shower glass.
- Dimensions l,w,h: 71, 3.5, 112cm.
- For sale $600 +delivery.
Created for the We Love Art fundraiser exhibition for St Vincent’s Hospital’s Xavier Art Space. All works were sold unattributed for a flat rate of $250, raising over $10,000 for the refurbishment of the art display facilities.
- Medication vials, engine coolant, mirrored shower glass, ink.
- Dimensions l,w,h: 31, 2.5, 36cm.
- In private collection.
An attempt to capture the aesthetic of Bonsai, but using industrial / technological materials. It’s almost like some sort of weird cybernetic tubeworm colony.
Stainless braid for this work was courtesy of Convoluted Technologies Pty Ltd.
- Raw steel, stainless steel, brass, copper, computer circuit boards.
- Dimensions l,w,h cm; 70, 32, 59cm.
- Artist’s collection.