Schoolhouse Studios, Collingwood
14-28 September 2017
6pm Thursday 14 September
Maddie Sharrock’s bold new solo exhibition presents a modernistic reimagining of ancient relief sculptures, injecting new life into a traditional art form.
The show marks the beginning of the experienced sculptor’s transition from commercial art production to a platform of “art for art’s sake”, with a focus on the individual process and meaning of each work. Maddie brings the basic materials and processes used in her commercial business Studio Twocan and adds Computer Aided Design to the mix, along with a fresh artistic vision.
Future Relief focuses on a unique revision of traditional relief designs, referencing ancient motifs and symbols within modern and daring sculptural forms. Maddie’s new collection experiments with balance, contrast and repetition; a number of the pieces are presented in contrasting pairs, presenting either opposing or harmonious forces depending on the viewer’s personal translation of the work. The minimalist approach to form leaves much to the imagination, however Maddie’s bold style and earthy colourscapes are a heavy presence throughout. Thematic explorations of the human form and the cycle of life and death are hinted at but ultimately left open to interpretation.
Much of the inspiration for Future Relief came from Maddie’s 2016 trip to New York during which she became fascinated with sculptural works in the city’s famous galleries. She says “Visiting The Met, I studied works of ancient craftsmen and compared them against 21st Century works by sculptors like Barbara Hepworth and Constantin Brancusi at the The Museum of Modern Art.”
The exhibition aims to blend and revise facets of both these contrasting styles and arrive at an unlikely new paradigm using modern design technologies. The result is a collection of work that calls to mind artefacts from an abandoned space colony: both futuristic and historical in nature.
Recently Maddie has developed an unconventional process of sculpting using CAD software linked to CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines. The affordable and reusable CNC routers cut precise CAD designs into polystyrene moulds, which are then poured with concrete and set. Imperfections and seamlines are left as evidence of the process, but Maddie’s choice to layer bold colours over the concrete leads the viewer to stand back and take the work in as a whole.
Presented at Schoolhouse Studio’s Long Division Gallery, Future Relief launches on Thursday 14th September and runs for two weeks during business hours. Join Maddie and friends on the evening of the 14th for drinks and nibbles to celebrate this exciting new phase in her career.