Archive for October 2012

Sculpture by the Sea 2012

This annual outdoor sculpture exhibition is now in its 16th year,  stringing  out along the cliff walk from Tamarama Beach to Bondi Beach. These days they have expectations  of a cool half  million people attending over the 3 week season!

This year I’ve been up there as  Volunteer Crew, a great experience in itself. I’m loving being a useful cog in that massive creative wheel. Naturally, not  all the pieces appeal, but there are  some seriously good works. About one third of the entries for the show are International entries, which allows a comfortable (and justified) dominance by the locals.









Cave Urban, Mengenang (Memories)


This piece is one of my faves this year. It sits in Mark’s Park right at the verge of the grass. It comprises 222 bamboo verticals (memorialising the Bali Bombing victims) and has a sort of wind-pipe attached at the top of each pole, which vocalises in the wind. A feather is attached to each. The audience can walk amongst these poles which are about 10-12 feet high, I guess.  It is a forest of voices, rising and falling in volume at the whim of the breeze.

Often the pieces that I enjoy the most are very simple and respond to the site. Many others are oblivious to the setting, and  would be equally at home in a Gallery space. This does not mean they are not quality pieces of course.










Ruth Downes & Geoff Webster, Casting Around. Another favourite, due to its simplicity and relevance to the site.










David Horton, Chardin’s Table. Horton won SxS a couple of year’s back. His work sits beautifully, whatever the location. A classic.

The gals have it: Portia Geach 2012

I visited the SH Ervin Gallery this week to see the Portia Geach Memorial Awards. This is an annual Portraiture Exhibition  for women artists, focussed on painting.

There is generally  a good smattering of self-portraits in the mix. I suspect most of us are pleased with  that, for the psychological insight it affords. Sophie Cape’s Highly Commended piece Stormfront was pretty dramatic, and was a good follow-up to her powerful portrayal of Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson  (Master and Commander) from last year, which was also Highly Commended (and which I prefer.)












Stormfront (Self-portrait), charcoal, acrylic, ink, blood, soil, bone, 232 x 190cm, 2012










From last year….Master and Commander (Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd founder), 2011


Sophie’s mother Ann Cape also had a lovely work submitted.  A portrait of NAS Professor Anita Taylor, it’s economical, with wonderfully strong diagonals.










Ann Cape, Anita (Professor Anita Taylor)


My personal favourite was Kerry McInnis’ piece of Mike le Grand, sculptor. I so admire Kerry’s masterful observation, which never seems to look forced or laboured….and check out the lyricism she’s managed to introduce into the way he’s positioned his feet. She’s a magician, I tell you…












Kerry McInnis, Mike le Grand.