Tag : Sculpture

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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Olafur Eliasson ‘The cubic structural evolution project’ 2004

Work continues on preparing the massive new configuration of Olafur Eliasson’s The cubic structural evolution project 2004. In the interactive work, audiences participate in the construction of a cityscape using white Lego blocks. Discussing the work, Eliasson has stated:

. . . my works in general discuss the notion of a reality being constructed, that ideas such as ‘nature’ or ‘science’ are models for how we perceive reality. So the notions of ‘construction’ and ‘models’ are very present in all my work. I have always put an effort into exposing the way my work has been constructed, so as to suggest that there are not any universal values connected to human experience. Actually I would argue that there is no ‘nature’ but only ‘culture’ and that as we experience so called ‘nature’ we also cultivate or constitute it.

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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Zhou Xiaohu ‘Utopian theatre’ 2006

Our workshop team have installed Zhou Xiaohu’s installation Utopian theatre 2006. In the work miniature clay figures enact history-making scenes that have been transmitted to the world through the media of television and the internet. Each is modelled as a miniature theatre or movie set and accompanied by a television monitor, showing the events in claymation.

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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Tobias Putrih ‘Connection’ 2004

Work continues on the construction of Tobias Putrih’s Connection 2004, a major sculptural work constructed from cardboard boxes. Diminishing slightly in size so that each box fits into the preceding one, the work playfull undermines both the structural principle of an arch and the heroic dimensions associated with bridges, cathedrals and victory arches. The inherent paradox of a monumental and stable architectural form made of something as impermanent as cardboard is typical of Putrih’s approach to sculpture; as an experimental and constructive process rather than a resolved form.

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Louise Weaver | Phoenix, Indian Blue Peacock 2008–09 | Hand crocheted lambswool, cotton thread and plastic over taxidermied Indian Blue Peacock (naco cristatus), jute string | Bird: 193 x 96 x 28cm; base: 95 x 45 x 45cm | Purchased 2010 with a special allocation from the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Louise Weaver ‘Phoenix, Indian Blue Peacock’ 2008–09

Louise Weaver’s sculptures engage with representation, evolution and metamorphosis. Her painstakingly crafted menagerie re-imagines taxidermy models in decorative ‘skins’ created with crochet, appliqué and weaving. This process of fantastic reinvention is transformative, and illustrates Weaver’s ongoing interest in the perceived …

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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Pascale Marthine Tayou ‘Plastic bags’ 2001–10

The long process of assembling Pascale Marthine Tayou’s installation Plastic bags 2001-10 continues with Gallery staff weaving thousands of brightly coloured plastic shopping bags to a suspended structure.