Having done the Up show in 2008 I added to it by doing new work and also added to it by including Helen Timbury as a partner.The show was on in January at the Yarram Courthouse gallery.

I had 26 pieces

 

Up and.....Yarram Exhibition 2009

a better direction - 2009 (Recycled)
 a better direction
This piece was originally aimed at another exhibition called the �cult of personality� but I missed the due date.
I thought about those people who were well known personalities of the last century and I came up with Mao, Hitler and Marilyn.
I was fascinated by Hitler when I was young as I could not believe such views could exist and that a whole people could be swept into evil by the vision of one man. My sculpture uses the cut out shape of Hitler but the mother and child are rejecting that path and heading in a different direction.
The up aspect is the positive rejecting the negative!
balloon man - 2009 (SOLD)
balloon man
I had these wonderful balloon forms and it seemed I would need three balloons at least to lift him up.
bird in a cage - 2009 (SOLD)
bird in a cage
I havent got a great picture of this but you can see it in the background. I originally had a “bird” in a cage and I was quite happy with it. However it didn’t sell and I took the bird out of the cage and set it “free”( see wing surfer) and I put this bird faced girl in the cage. We all have situations where we feel caged and perhaps women feel it more than most. Certainly there is a part of our culture which sees some girls as a “trophy”. When I was a kid I used to have budgies but it really is only for our pleasure that we keep them locked up. Freedom is better for all concerned. Although she is ”up” I feel she is also “down”!
bying flike - 2009 (SOLD)
bying flike
I went to the AG ideas forum with some students and one of the speakers there was an illustrator and one of her illustrations was for a flying bike and an angel. I had been exploring the wonders of fencing wire and this suggested itself as another possibility. My piece is no copy of hers but I really am pleased with it. It has wonderful movement and the silliness of it amuses and delights me. Hope it does the same to you.
carried away 2 - 2009 (SOLD)
carried away 2
This piece is yet another exploration of the “up” idea. It’s a partnership and friendship is involved. The idea of riding with birds or being part of their world is age old and this piece seems just right. The first carried away was with a person in a birds claws but this piece is much friendlier
Chairman Mao plays ball - 2009 (SOLD)
Chairman Mao plays ball
This piece was aimed at another exhibition called the “cult of personality” but I missed the due date.
I thought about who were well known personalities of the last century and I came up with Mao, Hitler and Marilyn.
The Mao figure I made out of shiny bits of junk with a rusty back propped up with sticks. I had just read the biography of Mao by Jung Chiang and figured he was a real monster whose image was not really reflective of the reality. To fit this exhibition I included a ball as a nod to ping pong diplomacy and the interaction with the west that China has had in recent years. The ball is up!
circles between dimensions - 2009 (SOLD)
circles between dimensions
I made a sculpture entitled “bridge” for our ”Gumbay” exhibition and I have done a few other versions of it since. This is another one. I love mirrors and their magical properties of reflection. I love the fact the circle is completed “in another dimension” in the mirror and I enjoyed making the ball forms.
climb - 2009 (SOLD)
climb
Balloons are one of those things I keep coming back to. Maybe it’s a container for all my hot air. However, I turned this balloon and it was a nice size and I then thought how it could interact with some of my little characters. I had done a piece where a little girl was almost lifted off her feet by the balloons she was holding but even though this balloon was bigger I thought it looked too solid. More like a weather balloon and I though a climber would suit it just nicely. Getting the pose right was quite fun and I think it works better now.
evolution - 2009 (SOLD)
evolution
I really can’t take much credit for the idea though. I saw this photoshop piece on the internet and I did laugh. When I was making the bird for birdswing I thought the shape of the wings looked like plane wings and I remembered this photo. As I had lots of “feathers” still available I thought I would have a go and here is my version.
expectant - 2009 (SOLD)
expectant
This is the second of the recycled BSG pieces from an exhibition held earlier this year. The girl certainly looked expectant by the pose and I am always amazed by how much we read body language even in such simple abstracted bodies. However she had no reason to look expectant so the addition of the heart gives her a focus and I guess we have all laid our hearts out at some stage in the hope that someone will notice. I like it much more now and she is looking….. you’ve guessed it… “Up”!
(The third of the series was called “Found.” The piece consisted of a man walking his dog and again I put the dog finding a heart and someone thought that was just delightful and bought it.)
flying boat 1 - 2009 (SOLD)
flying boat 1
This is a last minute piece for this exhibition.
In thinking about where we are, I thought that this idea would be more than appropriate. I have some friends who come down to Pt. Albert to sail and as I love the images created by words and the idea of a flying boat is really quite a way out idea, I thought I should see what I could do. I was thinking of a flying fish too but time slips away from me!( or should I say time flies!)
Helen photographing the great Australian hero - 2009 (SOLD)
Helen photographing the great Australian hero
This piece was also recycled out of a piece called “Mower Man”. I did the original piece for our Wild Dog exhibition “Gippsland” that went to China for exhibition in Juijiang, Warragul’s sister city. I made two of them but one didn’t have the dog and was a bit smaller. I love mowing although now I love my ride-on mower more than the Victa push along mower.
To match the theme this time I played with the man and left the dog. This time I made him airborne, changed his arms and neck and added a cape. I reckon it works wonderfully and is even better than the original (although it has a different theme). (Thank you Marian!)
“Great Australian Hero” is made from recycled steel and wood of some sort. It was re-made in September 2008 from its original form made in 2005.
he`s got arthritis - 2009 (SOLD)
he`s got arthritis
This piece was also recycled out of a piece called “Shopper”. I did the original piece for our exhibition “Gippsland”. It did a bit of touring and even visited China ( although it only had a very select viewing there… but that is another story)
Marian had the idea that I should recycle some of these pieces as they were fun but were not really having much of an outing. To match the theme I played with the dog and changed the shopper’s arm.
Why is the little dog supported by a balloon? I see lots of ladies carrying their little older dogs as they shop and they comment from time to time when you see them: “the dog has arthritis”. It certainly makes it a more fun piece!
High chair - 2009 (SOLD)
High chair
We went and had a look at the “wild man” sculpture by Ron Mueck at the McLelland Gallery in Frankston and I was very impressed with the detail of care and expression shown in the sculpture. The man is 3 meters tall and the chair is almost unnoticed apart from as a prop for the man. This is a sort of homage (within my limited abilities) to the “wild man” but I thought more of the time when we were young and a high chair was High! It certainly fits the Up theme.
just looking - 2009 (SOLD)
just looking
I made a little sculpture a while ago inspired by a Rick Amor piece which had the character looking out a window. I really liked the incongruity of the character supporting the window rather than the other way around. This time the character is female (they are much more fun to make) and to a degree it echoes the waiting element that many people go though when someone is absent.
marilyn`s child - 2009 (SOLD)
marilyn`s child
This piece was originally aimed at another exhibition called the “cult of personality” but I missed the due date.
I thought about those people who were well known personalities of the last century and I came up with Mao, Hitler and Marilyn Monroe.
It takes a bit to see through the cult of beauty and we are surrounded by images of the perfect everyday. It probably is great if you can match the perfect images in some way, but it is hard to deal with self image when you are not “perfect”.
I have seen that being valued only for your beauty has its own problems. ( I fortunately have not had to contend with this) and I have admiration for people who can break through being labeled as “beautiful and nothing more “. At the same time I feel it is such a problem in our society that our kids are being sexualized earlier and earlier so that I felt this little piece at least is my small comment on it. The “ground” is the silhouette of Marilyn in her dress blowing up picture and the rest is in relation to this.
The up aspect …… mmm, don’t know but I wanted this piece to have an airing.
music in the air - 2009 (SOLD)
music in the air
If you can put a bike in the air what else can you put there? A piano seemed the next obvious thing and again it strikes a chord ( ha ha)! Again I really am pleased with it. It has wonderful movement and the silliness of it amuses and delights me. Hope it does the same to you.
rain - 2009 (SOLD)
rain
My friend Grant showed me a book which had a man using steel wool as a medium for part of his sculptures (of trains) and I loved the idea. I love texture and I made a series of sculptures with steel wool as clouds, tree leaves and now as a personal cloud.
the great australian hero - 2009 (SOLD)
the great australian hero
This piece was also recycled out of a piece called “Mower Man”. I did the original piece for our Wild Dog exhibition “Gippsland” that went to China for exhibition in Juijiang, Warragul’s sister city. I made two of them but one didn’t have the dog and was a bit smaller. I love mowing although now I love my ride-on mower more than the Victa push along mower.
To match the theme this time I played with the man and left the dog. This time I made him airborne, changed his arms and neck and added a cape. I reckon it works wonderfully and is even better than the original (although it has a different theme). (Thank you Marian!)
“Great Australian Hero” is made from recycled steel and wood of some sort. It was re-made in September 2008 from its original form made in 2005.
The greatest Mystery - 2009 (SOLD)
The greatest Mystery
This piece was initially done as my entry into the “He who explores” exhibition. I thought about what I had explored in my life and I concluded that my greatest exploration was about my relationship with women. I was an only child and went to an all boys’ school and I did not know many girls growing up. Hence I had to go through trying to decipher lots of the junky messages that were around during those times about the role of women.
As a result I created this piece with lots of little characters fighting their way through the junk to finally reach their goal of arriving at an appreciation of women. I still can’t say I have it completely right, but does anyone?
The piece was not accepted for the exhibition (hence my grumpy looking photo) but I felt it was appropriate to the theme for this exhibition.
(Some of the little characters were recycled from some pieces I made for an exhibition titled “greetings”)
The greatest Mystery - 2009 (SOLD)
The greatest Mystery
This piece was initially done as my entry into the “He who explores” exhibition. I thought about what I had explored in my life and I concluded that my greatest exploration was about my relationship with women. I was an only child and went to an all boys’ school and I did not know many girls growing up. Hence I had to go through trying to decipher lots of the junky messages that were around during those times about the role of women.
As a result I created this piece with lots of little characters fighting their way through the junk to finally reach their goal of arriving at an appreciation of women. I still can’t say I have it completely right, but does anyone?
The piece was not accepted for the exhibition (hence my grumpy looking photo) but I felt it was appropriate to the theme for this exhibition.
(Some of the little characters were recycled from some pieces I made for an exhibition titled “greetings”)
up, down or wherever - 2008 (Recycled)
up, down or wherever
This is a brand new piece for this exhibition. I figured an up arrow would be good and I played with the idea of how it could sit. In the end the frame around it means it can be a down arrow or a sideways arrow so maybe that might be a future exhibition. Throughout the year I have done a series of simple but large geometric forms and although this piece really has little meaning apart from up, I feel it is positive and the scale makes it enjoyable and I feel interesting in itself.
Where do we go from here - 2008 (SOLD)
Where do we go from here
This piece was for an exhibition of Art Teacher’s Art in 2007 It was part of a duo of a tick and a cross. As both were made out of junk I thought they really showed what in many cases is the reality of a tick and cross.( Just one person’s opinion- especially in art!)
For another exhibition I lifted it “up” and thought that the struggles of my little character was typical of many of us when we start on a difficult task without thinking of the overall picture. This little guy is not going to achieve their ends of trying to tip it over due to the nature of the structure.
“Where do we go from here” is made from recycled steel and Redgum. It was re-made in September 2008 from its original form
Up - 2007 (SOLD)
Up
I did this piece for one of my exhibitions in 2008. I figured an up arrow would be good and I played with the idea of how it could sit. Throughout that year I had done a series of simple but large geometric forms and although this piece really has little meaning apart from up, I feel it is positive and the scale makes it enjoyable and I feel interesting in itself.