BØN541 v3.0 is the third in my BØN541 series, exploring the form of bonsai trees, using recycled & salvaged materials.
This work was created to be a setpiece for the 2018 staging of Rent, the musical, by Matt Ward Entertainment, at QPAC Brisbane. It is the largest work I’ve produced so far, and is constructed primarily from corrugated plastic water pipe, which is suspended using the truss and chain from my 2012 work Reconfigure.
Dissent was an entry for Sculpture By The Sea Bondi 2014. It was accepted for the exhibition, but unfortunately I was unable to secure funding to cover the estimated $15,000 construction cost, and so I had to withdraw from the exhibition.
The work combines the pipe and valve material language of my steel sculpture, with the massing and repetition of objects that is a part of my wall sculpture and photographic practice. It arrays a field of identical (but for one) anthropomorphised valve figures, whose arrangement creates dynamic moiré patterns as clear lines of sight through the work appear, shift, and then disappear.
BØN541 v2.0 was created for the University of Western Sydney Sculpture Award & Exhibition 2014. It’s constructed from computer motherboards, and braided stainless steel hosepipe over a stainless steel armature.
The work was supported with a material sponsorship by Convoluted Technology Pty Ltd, who supplied the braid.
This work has since been disassembled, and its materials recovered.
From the first sluice gate in an irrigation ditch, to the modern industrial world, or the vessels of our circulatory system, the valve is a concept that for me, captures a fundamental structure within life.
Its purpose is to restrict or block that which passes through it, yet in doing so, it enables whatever it is restricting. It is an adversity device, the challenge against which successes are measured, the setback against which we aim higher, limitation in all of its forms which inspires our greatest achievements.
This valve is neat, a clean example of industrial-strength control and protection. It supports a corroded pipe, which left in the elements will corrode further, until it is replaced by new sections which can begin the corrosion cycle anew. Looking through the pipe, the half-moon view created by the valve’s partially closed gate, occludes and frames whatever vista the work is oriented towards.
This work is a finalist in the 2012 University of Western Sydney Sculpture Award & Exhibition. The exhibition takes place from May 4th – June 3rd 2012.
An attempt to create a smaller version of “There”, and tackle the problems of relative scale in the various components. When changing the scale of a sculpture, one has to take into account some fundamental issues to do with viewing angle, viewing distance, perceived weights etc.