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Zygote: A Kinetic Artwork
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Zygote: A Kinetic Artwork
Project 2012-05-01 03:24:59 +1200
Collab Project with Blue Oyster
The Blue Oyster Arts Trust (BOAT) was founded in Dunedin in 1999 as the governing body of the Blue Oyster Art Project Space that provides a high quality, dynamic program of experimental and innovative contemporary art practice.
Zygote: A Kinetic Installation by Emma ChalmersI have been given a unique opportunity to create a site-specific artwork for a non-commercial window space at Sanderson Art Gallery in Auckland. This artwork will be an extension of Grip and Release: Hold Us Close Like a Child; an experimental artwork I created for The Blue Oyster Project Space in Dunedin.
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Update: Whats been happening in the studio......
With just over 4 weeks left before the opening of my latest kinetic work, I've been having some late nights in the studio, building, discarding and refining the final piece for Auckland.
Many things have changed throughout it's construction and I'm finally starting to feel the work is coming together in new and exciting ways. I wanted to share some images of what I've been up to in the studio and a little excerpt from the catalogue text written by Suzanne Claessen.
Building the concrete wall out of polystyrene blocks
Reshaping the polystyrene to allow for movement and creating a concrete-like surface.
Close up of the partially completed installation, with the polysterene grouted to look like concrete and a jagged hole cut into a piece of mdf to create the sense of excavation.
Over the next week I will be refining movement, lighting and adding equipment to make it look like an archeologist's dig.
I'll also be working on designing the catalogue,
''Unveiled from inside the wall, this shaking
statue is right in your face. Inspired by one of the oldest sculptures ever found; The Venus of Willendorf, Chalmers recreates
the voluptuous round shapes of this woman in a rather flat, pubescent way,
using materials and connotations of today. While the raw clay leads us back to
ancient ideas about the round ‘shapes of fertility’, ideas that might even suggest that the ultimate femininity is
found in fertility, the plastic materials question these old values and pose
contemporary thoughts and attitudes about women and fertility today.''
Excerpt from catalogue text by Suzanne Claessen.
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