Yesterday I installed my work, ‘The world is not a surface’ at the Adelaide Botanic Garden. It was beautiful to be working in the calm and green gardens on such a warm (30 degrees!) day. I am really happy with the work, the white rings appear to hover against the dense foliage. It is a bit tricky to photograph, the light conditions are very important to the visibility of the work and the human eye is better at finding the sculptures than the camera. But here are some images as a sneak peak. The Arte Magra exhibition opens 5th September 2013 at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation 6pm.
My time in Adelaide has been very busy, working with welding fabricators, powder coaters, the Botanic garden staff, printers and of course the gallery. Driving around rain soaked Adelaide sourcing thin metal cable, paint, and other materials, Driving? yes driving – Australia still requires a car to get anything done. But after a week of slightly increasing stress levels, I think I am almost ready for the install in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens on monday. The metal rings came back from the powder coaters today and I have sprayed the stands with protective undercoat. A little sneak peak of the work in progress:
Today I leave Brussels for the southern hemisphere, taking my circles with me. Linda Medley drew this version of Wonder Woman for DC comics, she is shown with the muses. Wonder woman’s back story is rooted in Ancient Greece, she is an Amazon warrior princess who journeys to the present day (America) after a pilot crash lands on her island. She is part immortal with various stories of her birth being part of the comics at different times, and is gifted by the Greek gods with her superpowers. I am not Wonder Woman, but tonight I will definitely be flying half way across the world.
Gustav Klimt and Emilie Flöge
A precursor to Kusama? I love the mysterious staging of these geometric patterned garments outdoors. The pattern at once dissolves the figure and delineates it.
A 1906 photograph of Floge by Klimt.
Read more about Flöge‘s design house and Fin-de-siecle art fatales at one of my favourite blogs:
Yayoi Kusama’s happening ‘Horseplay’ at Woodstock 1965\
You can watch her first film, Kusama’s Self- Obliteration (1967), a collaboration with director Jud Yalkut in all its glory on youtube. Horse imagery starts at 2.00 , dappled light, forest, figure and ground dissolve away.
Its so disappointing that after such gentle and beautiful work, to see Kusama’s current widow display for Louis Vuitton and garish painted flowers at the Frieze sculpture park. The idea remains but the spirit has gone.