To achieve a dynamic quality in metal Benjamin spent years researching techniques to form sheet metal into surfaces of negative, anticlastic curvature. Achieving this in steel relies on a sensitive manual control of specialised machinery as well as traditional hammering techniques, which gives Benjamin’s work a unique tactile quality. While casting might be an option, the sheet metal process leaves a visible, tangible trace of the inherent tensile forces and thus reflects the intention behind the work. Some pieces more literally embody mathematical principles associated with topology, dynamical systems and surface curvature while others are the artists impressions of some of these systems.
Benjamin has an extensive client base and exhibition track record internationally. Recent projects include a number of commissions for hotels such as The Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong and the Shangri-la at The Shard in London. Alongside these he has been making work for exhibition at Sculpture by the Sea, the McClelland Sculpture Survey and Brenda May Gallery.
In 2012, Andrew completed a new commission mountain home – dhirrayn ngurang for the Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Japan, for the new Australia House and curated TABOO at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. He created Jumping Castle War Memorial for the 2010 Biennale of Sydney that was inspired by his research in museums and theme parks: particularly the collection of the Musee Des Confluence, Lyon and his exhibition THEME PARK at AAMU, The Netherlands in 2008–09. Andrew has also received a number of commissions including a portrait of Professor Marcia Langton for the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, and a large-scale inflatable work The Cell commissioned by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, which toured Australia and New Zealand through 2010-11. In 2012, Andrew contributed a significant permanent, public artwork for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia new building in Sydney, titled Warrang.
Andrew was recently awarded a Sidney Myer Fellowship and has also been the recipient of the Australia Council ISCP residency, NYC 2008–09, South Project at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo residency, Santiago 2006, Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship 2001. Publications include Future Images 2010, Theme Park 2008, Current: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand 2008, Eye to Eye 2007 and Hope and Peace 2005.
His works are represented in private, corporate and public collections – including drawings in the Ian Brown Collection held by the National Gallery of Victoria, and the installation work “Everyman” at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. Two main themes run through Craigs’ work. One is the historical/mythological – the other is the land – both for their power of story telling.
On one hand, the delicate installation work speaks of fragility of life; the translucent nature of the material can create a sense of the ethereal. And being so fragile, it gives rise to a sense of ‘specialness’, a reminder, perhaps, of the impermanence of life and it’s contents. This is contrasted by the heavier, dense hand built vessels of stoneware. Carved with flowing designs that suggest a certain rhythm; they become personal relics that display an emotional and intuitive symbolism. A balance between the impermanence and continuity of life is created.
After spending most of her early working years in Advertising, Film and Television productions – Ivana began to develop her passion for sculpture by working after hours with a sculptor and attending evening classes in ceramics.
Initially her work was making clay sculptures, eventually she graduated to Metal Lost Wax Castings.
As her studio space was limited she created small sculptures & jewellery, in gold, silver and bronze which were sold through Makers Mark Gallery (Melbourne & Sydney).
Gradually increasing to life-size bronze pieces which she exhibited in her first solo exhibition at Makers Mark Gallery (Melbourne) with group exhibitions at Distelfink, Flinders Lane and Qdos Art Galleries.
The first public commission she received was for 530 Collins Street, Melbourne Australia, A water feature in the atrium, 2 metres high consisting of 5 cast bronze Brolgas (Australian native stork-like bird).
Later, Ivana received another public commission, a water fountain in Brolga Terrace, Darling Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney, consisting of 10 cast stainless steel Brolgas, in the exterior forecourt of IBM Building
This coincided with the opening of her other project, starting the retail Art & Craft supplies store ‘Handworks’ in Prahran, conducting workshops and selling very contemporary craft & art supplies from 1992 to 2005, whilst still working in her sculpture studio.
2008 formed ‘The Industrialists’ – with 8 other artists that have studios in the Industrial Estate – meeting every Monday night to discuss, work, print & collage.
John Meade’s work is held in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Monash University Collection and the Heide Museum of Modern Art.
John is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.
His environmental art installation, The Blue Trees about global deforestation has gained him international recognition. In 2013 it was nominated by the Danish Index Awards as one of 60 ideas that changed the world; and was named by TrendHunter as one of the top 100 activism trends of 2012.
The Blue Trees is an ongoing global artwork that launched at the Vancouver Biennale in 2011 and since then Dimopoulos has created the work in more than 12 global locations including London, Houston, Seattle and Albuquerque.
Konstantin Dimopoulos was born in Egypt and moved with his family to New Zealand in the early 1960s. His parents were both master tailors and it is this background of creativity and a traditional Greek home that infuses his conceptual thinking.
With a first degree in sociology his humanist philosophy continues to underpin his works. His latest public art installation,Purple Rain focuses on bringing individual identities to the amorphous term of the ‘homeless’.
As a sculptor Dimopoulos has his signature linear works at Federation Square in Melbourne, the Belconnen Arts Centre in Canberra, by Wellington International Airport in New Zealand, and in Seattle, Palm Springs, Denver and Cedar Rapids in the USA.
In 2014 he will install two public sculptures in San Diego and a major public artwork in Edmonton, Canada.
Kris has exhibited in over 60 exhibitions including the third World Ceramic Biennale in Korea, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Manly Museum and Art Gallery and Craft Victoria. Her work has featured in many magazines and journals including Ceramics Art and Perception International, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Ceramics Monthly USA, Hand Made in Melbourne, Donna Hay, Vogue Living, Vogue Entertaining and Travel and Gourmet USA.Her work has been acquired for public collections including Icheon World Ceramic Centre (Korea), Parliament House (Canberra), Shepparton Art Gallery, Manly Museum and Art Gallery as well as private collections in Australia and overseas.
“My artwork is about a dialogue between the metaphysical and the physical, or in other words between myself and the world; it is my contribution to the universe. My work is created through observations of the external world, translated through my perspective and interpretations, made into original and physical concepts. I find nature to be the most inspiring ceramic artist in the universe. Rocks, stones, fossils; all made by nature. I take inspiration from these sources
Most recently I have been drawing inspiration from Coral which can be seen in my two collections; Coral Consciousness and Coral Coincidence.”
Michal Anela – Ceramics Studio Resident
In the fabrication of her sculptures she uses a vast variety of materials from bronze to industrial/mechanical components and from photographs to packaging material. She like to misappropriate everyday functional objects and put them into a new context and an aesthetic, creative realm that is challenging to her and the viewer.
More than wishing to supply answers, she wants to pose questions. She would like to inspire the viewers to have their own thoughts on the universe, our relationship with it and human nature.
He studied Fine Art at Ealing College of Art, London, before embarking on a career in advertising. This led to senior positions with the JWT agency in London, Detroit, Melbourne, Auckland, Taipei and Bangkok in a career that spanned over thirty years and achieved many national and international awards.
Painting, while set aside for many years, was always his first love. In 1989 a trip to the Kimberley Ranges in Western Australia with one of Australia’s best loved artists, Clifton Pugh, re-ignited the flame. Under the tutelage of Pugh, Arthur began to explore the full extent of his artistic potential in the unique landscapes of Outback Australia and later the cityscapes of Australia.
The current exhibition at the Angela Robarts-Bird gallery at the Gasworks is his 5th solo exhibition. His work appears in private collections in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, South Africa, Germany, Greece and Japan.
Ursula has also been an Artist in Residence at the Brighton University School of Health Professions (UK) and at a number of schools in Australia. In 2007 she was invited to participate in a conference and exhibition at the University of East London (UK).
Although her work is often abstract and vibrant, Ursula’s involvement with so many varied and interesting projects constantly informs her work and leads her to develop in new and exciting directions.