Wednesday, August 31, 2011

2011 Willoughby Sculpture Prize

Gary Deirmendjian_strata_salvaged packaging
refuse from general household consumables;
 shopping trolley; purpose-built timber perimeter fence
_0.9m (height) x 3.15m x 3.63m
Congratulations to Gary Deirmendjian, a finalist in the 2011 Willoughby Sculpture Prize for his site specific installation strata which is currently being exhibited at the Incinerator Art Space.
Constructed from salvaged packaging refuse of general household consumables, strata is a site specific installation located on the glassed floor section of the exhibition space, identifying the one time drop chute of the Incinerator, and thus may be experienced from above and from below. That is looking down upon the heap when at ground level, and looking up the atrium when two levels below.
Artist Gary Deirmendjian has described the work in his artist statement as follows:
"strata re-represents the sheen, colour and tease that dress our factory born consumables. The very stuff that we beautifully think once taken home, torn into and placed in the right coloured bins, has ceased to become our problem.
The work exploits the architectural opportunities of the three storey refurbished Incinerator, achieving its form and aesthetic from its salvaged medium of mass-produced disposable packaging from household consumables.
While there are strong suggestive echoes between the work’s medium and the one time sole purpose for the building, the actuality of the content is directly demonstrable of the very ways and means of Western consumerist societies."
Congratulations also to Nigel Harrison, who is another finalist in the Willoughby Sculpture Prize for his sculpture Fluid.

Nigel Harrison_Fluid_stainless steel, mild steel,
timber & flexiglass_60 x 100 x 400cm

Artist Statement:

"I use sculpture as a medium to explore the body’s neurological pathways and the universal force and energy that connects, transforms and renews life. I am exploring what is unseen, often feared and at times perceived as ugly, that is the internal human physiology. The work sets up a dynamics between manufactured and organic materials - heightening the viewers’ awareness of their mortality and inter-connective with all living systems.
The Willoughby Sculpture Prize can be seen at the Willoughby Incinerator Art Space from August 20 to September 4, 2011.

1 comment:

  1. The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.”
    Auguste Rodin.


Feel free to comment,we love feedback!