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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

ChainMail hits the road ...

My artwork "ChainMail" was last year selected for the 2011 Queensland Regional Art Awards Touring Exhibition, and this week I have been preparing him for his 12 month trip around Queensland, Australia. He will be travelling from one end of the state to the other, appearing in exhibitions at six locations. To make his trip secure and comfortable, I have hammered together a very attractive personalised timber travelling case and next week they are off to Brisbane to start their epic journey of about 10k kms.

The exhibition will be launched at the Cooroy Butter Factory on 03 February - from there it travells to Cooktown in tropical Far Northern Queensland, then to Cloncurry and Mt Isa - way out in the dry Western reaches of the state - then back to Brisbane to the State Library of Queenland for the four weeks of October, and finally to Ingham on the mid-North coast ... returning home in January 2013 - none the worse for wear I hope ... 

Click on the link below to view the travelling show ...
http://www.flyingarts.org.au/Connection-an-exhibition-of-the-2011-Queensland-Regional-Art-Awards-ga2086.html

 ChainMail
 Travelling case
 ChainMail and his travelling case

This work is part of my ‘Evolution’ series of small and medium sized assemblage sculptures. I use a combination of timber, rusted metal and hand-made paper. The materials have been discarded, found, rescued and assembled to create individual and unique artworks. They have been resourced from derelict farm buildings near my studio, and represent connectedness of a shared history from an era when, as a society we were more connected and in-tune with each other and the land we share. The work reflects my on-going fascination with life, death and rebirth and my interest in the traces of past existences. I start with a pile of un-related materials and slowly re-connect them into an artwork that can be read with imagination.

The last of my gardenias for this summer ...

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4 comments:

Fiona Dempster said...

Congratulations Ken and I love the travelling case, very sturdy. I too hope it makes home safely early next year!! F

rebeca trevino said...

"ChainMail" and his traveling case are terrific! congratulations, and 'safe journey to the art piece.

very exciting. will you be going along to any of the stops?

Barry said...

K-love the travelling case - including the stamped details on the lid - "noooice" touch. Quite an epic journey for this piece which I admire greatly. B

Jo Murray said...

Well done Ken... you are just too clever. Hope your work attracts an enormous amount of interest on its journey.