The construction of my concepts typically employs many little coordinated steps in order for each work to arrive at its desired destination. I do not always take these steps alone. The path through the production of my recent work has involved suppliers, outside studio rental, a waterjet cutter, a powder coater, a photographer and luckily a gallery to show the results of the labor.
Most times the effort given by all of these contributors is not visible in the final presentation of the pieces. To see the general steps taken to construct the Compile and Trailer series, I have added a small image library for each of their construction here.
Beyond the efforts and assistance in the creation of the works, my career benefits from existing within a vibrant creative culture. This culture includes other artists and art related organizations and institutions that provide additional support and help to encourage continual creating.
To this point, I would like to acknowledge the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) for the Australian Artists’ Grant they awarded me to document the works for my recent exhibition. This particular grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts.
Later this week, Netty Blair and I will have a two person show at Beaver Galleries in Canberra. We called the show "Held Within".
The two series of work that I built for the show explore the theme of "Held Within" through the role and relationship of the common shipping container to the lives and localities that it serves and affects.
The first series of work is called the Trailer Series. The works from this series each have a small steel truck trailer chassis that supports a kilnformed, waterjet cut and fabricated glass box. The sides of each box have hand rendered images whose drawn contours are made to intercept each other. This alignment is made to mimic the collision and connection of the places (and their eventuating timelines) served by the movement and utilization of modern shipping methods.
The second series is called the Compile Series. Each work in this series is built from a stack of small steel shipping containers forms. The compiled components of these works each form a place whose construction, development or deletion is dependent on the movement, utilization and impact of the modern shipping container.
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