Giacometti caught mumps as a teenager, inflaming his testicles. Swelling up, they then shrank, atrophying and rendering him infertile. He later blamed this case of the mumps on his impotence. It seismically shifted in his attitude to sex. A tapered dildo with eyes at one end. The work Disagreeable Object by Giacometti has been described as a ‘tapered dildo with eyes at one end’ and … Continue reading Was Giacometti a sex freak?
Earlier in the year I created a sculptural work The Impossible Journey Home. When I found out it was a finalist in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2020, I thought “I’m going to make more of them!” The things about these works is they remind me of all the things I loved drawing as a kid. The funny little complex worlds where all these little … Continue reading Revisiting the small worlds in my head as kid.
There are some art prizes that you dream of being finalist in and for me and the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is one of them. Working with cherry and walnut wood, card and overpainted paper, this work is called The Impossible Journey Home. Essentially it’s our home in Braidwood, Australia and my brother-in-law’s and his wife’s house in Seattle, USA, separated by impassable mountains. I … Continue reading Ray Monde: a finalist in the 2020 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize.
The phrase ‘It’s a small world’ is being given a whole new meaning with Donald Trump in the White House. Instead of standing as a beacon on the hill, Trump is taking us down into a winding valley, where we can’t see too far ahead. Where we don’t know what’s around the corner. And he’s walling off the valley, so it’s hard to reach out … Continue reading Is Trump the greatest president of all time?
There’s effectively just three works in Cai Guo-Qiang’s exhibition at Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). If you know that, you’ll be enthralled, amazed, overwhelmed. I was left with the feeling of “Is that it?”. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love this gallery, I love their focus on works from the giant neighbours to Australia’s north. And I was thrilled by Cai Guo-Qiang‘s thoughtful … Continue reading Steep price for monumental works: Cai Guo-Qiang, Falling Back to Earth