Sculpture at Scenic World
15 April – 10 May 2015
The Sculpture at Scenic World installation team are currently preparing the 2015 exhibition of outdoor sculptural artworks which are scattered along the walkway of Katoomba’s own moss carpeted ‘Jurassic Rainforest’. No less than 31 unique works are included in this upcoming event with each artist’s creative response tailored to the site where their work is installed. Visitors will take from this event what they will however in my preview, interconnections of a visual, metaphoric or literal nature were most pervasive and this is an exhibition I will add to my calendar year after year henceforth.
The first indication of interconnectedness is experienced straight off the cable car in Irene Anton’s installation ‘Intervention Invading Network – net no. 45’ 2015. Anton’s work ‘reflects on themes of globalization’ and indeed stockings and Styrofoam are items which can be acquired anywhere. Anton’s installation of these items is truly amazing and a great start to the walkway sculpture experience.
Linking artworks and their makers to altogether different works of art experienced elsewhere for me, provokes further enjoyment and Waiheke Islands Headland Sculpture on the Gulf has provided fertile ground for such observations. It is these kinds of visual relations that allow the viewer to feel united to the work, the artist and ultimately the event with this recognition performing as an act of engagement. Artists I feel share a dialogue are Scenic World’s Greer Taylor with Headland’s Gaye Jurasich, Scenic World’s Deborah Redwood with Headland’s Jeff Thompson alongside Audrey Boyle and Scenic Worlds Elyssa Sykes – Smith with Headland’s Gregor Kregar to name a few.
Follow this link to Gaye Jurisich, Installations; http://www.gayejurisich.com/installation.html
Follow this link to, Gregor Kregar’s Pavilion Structure, http://gregorkregar.com/portfolio/pavilion-structure/
Exhibition coordinator for Sculpture at Scenic World, Jon Pritchard, has observed some lovely trends or connections over the years and he explains; ‘I have definitely noticed some visual and conceptual linkages between previous year’s exhibitions regarding specific sites along the walkway. Sometimes this can be seen as environmental concerns, the history of the site or the general architecture of the place whether it be natural or built. There are parallels to be seen in the responses of exhibiting artists which grows stronger each year’.
One of the missions of Scenic World is ‘to create the unforgettable’ and that’s exactly what Public Program’s officer, Marina Grasso has established with an informal series of artists talks (included with ticket purchase) located at the site of each artwork at Scenic World’s rainforest Walkway. Marina explains ‘it’s really one of those experiences that you come away with as a launch-pad for something else creatively or personally. It’s the active engagement element that makes the experience all that more special’. Public Guided Tours (included with ticket purchase) by Scenic World’s exhibition staff and Sculpture for Small People 2015 Workshops are also available and actually taught by the 2015 exhibiting artists for only $10. For bookings please call 02 47800245 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sculpture at Scenic World is now in its fourth year only this time it has a threefold exhibition format. New Exhibition Manager, Justin Morrissey has extended the event to incorporate other locations within the township of Katoomba such as Metalheads to be displayed at pivotal Katoomba sites including the Carrington Hotel, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and the Scenic World forecourt. Also new is the incorporation of an indoor component of Sculpture at Scenic World with Sculpture Otherwise, an exhibition of smaller works by the exhibiting artists showing at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre’s main gallery space from 6pm Friday 17 April.
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