Tag Archives: intervention

Deborah Stewart

25 Jan

Deborah StewartNew Plymouth, Taranaki,
Aotearoa | New Zealand.

Born and bred in Taranaki, Deborah graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT).

The phone book installations are about these things that we have all been so familiar with which with the changes brought about by new technologies are no longer useful, such as the redundancy of the yellow pages.

Recycled Phonebooks

Recycled Phonebooks

Detail of an installation made out  of old telephone books.

Detail of an installation made out of old telephone books.


So now these serve no function but to sit collecting dust.

Her sculptures and installations are often created out of recycled materials which then form new ideas or associations for the viewer.

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Sonja van Kerkhoff

24 Jan
Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2012

Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2012

Born: 1960, Hawera, Taranaki,
Aotearoa | New Zealand.
http://www.sonjavank.com

Diploma of Fine Arts (1982), Otago.
Masters equivalent (double major in painting/printmaking and sculpture) 1993, Maastricht School of Visual Arts, The Netherlands. MSc (Computer Science) 2005, University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Room of Memories, 2012, commission by "Fields of Wonder" for their "OpenLuchtHotel" (Open Air Hotel) - a city wide event of sculpture-accomodation for midsummers night (June 21st), Leiden, The Netherland.

Room of Memories by Sen McGlinn + SOnja van Kerkkhoff, 2012, commission by “Fields of Wonder” (www.fieldsofwonder.nl) for their “OpenLuchtHotel” (Open Air Hotel) – a city wide event of sculpture-accomodation for midsummers night (June 21st), Leiden, The Netherlands.

Sen and Sonja often make works in response to connections with the local environment of where they create their works. See this page some information about the context of this historic courtyard and this work in response.

Based in the Netherlands since 1989, she works in diverse media, ranging from performance to print to sculpture to video to animation to interactive/responsive work. Sonja and Sen have an video installation on show (Kāinga a roto, Kāinga a roto (Home within, Home on the outside) – Puke Ariki) at Puke Ariki in New Plymouth as part of the SCANZ 3rd Nature show from Feb 2nd till April 1st 2013.

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Jeff Thomson

23 Jan

Jeff Thomson, 2000. Photo: Sonja van Kerkhoff

Jeff Thomson, 2000.
Photo: Sonja van Kerkhoff


Born: 1957, Auckland, 
Aotearoa | New Zealand.
http://www.jeffthomson.co.nz

Thomson graduated BFA from Elam SFA (1981) and has work in the collection of the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa and well as numerous public and private collections.

Public Commission,  Haystack  2009 Temporary Sculpture Project  Connells Bay Centre for Sculpture, Waiheke Island, Auckland  Hay, wire netting, timber, clearlite roofing  5000mm x 3000mm x 2700mm

Public Commission, Haystack, 2009,
Temporary Sculpture Project Connells Bay Centre for Sculpture, Waiheke Island.
Materials: Hay, wire netting, timber, clearlite roofing.
5000mm x 3000mm x 2700mm

Jeff Thomson is most known for his corrugated iron sculptures which are often recreations of objects such as animals, birds or flora. He also uses corrugated iron as a medium for installations such as his corrugated iron watertanks which are in fact installations of water and objects in motion. His haystacks made out of corrugated hay made for Connells Bay is an installation that verges on land art.

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Sen McGlinn

2 Jan

Sen McGlinn, 2012 during his Rotorua Art Village Residency.

Sen McGlinn, 2012 during his Rotorua Art Village Residency.

Born: 1956, Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand.
"Poem on a vine," 2004, by Sen McGlinn was a poem written along a long strip of silver foil which wound along a plant and stone wall in the Zaostrog monastery grounds, Croatia.

“Poem on a vine,” 2004, by Sen McGlinn was a poem written along a long strip of silver foil which wound along a plant and stone wall in the Zaostrog monastery grounds, Croatia.

Sen has studied English Literature, Theology (Otago University) and Islamic Studies (Leiden University, The Netherlands) and had published 3 volumes of poetry by 1988.

He changed direction after moving to the Netherlands in 1989 focussing more on visual interventions, although a lot of his constructions often have traces in literature or text.

The image on the right is: “Poem on a vine,” by Sen McGlinn which was a poem written along a long strip of silver foil which wound along a plant and stone wall in the Zaostrog monastery grounds, Croatia. The text was:

The force of words is silver-quick
and catches every breeze.
Sure knowledge makes the vine unwind
sure grace is in the sun
The green grenade behind the flower
becomes the golden gourd.


Written by Sen in 2004 for this location and work.

"Agony in the Garden," 2002, by Sen McGlinn, International Sculpture Symposium in Singeroz-Bai, Romania.

“Agony in the Garden,” (foreground blocks) 2002, by Sen McGlinn, International Sculpture Symposium in Singeorz-Bai, Romania.

He has exhibited his sculptures or installations on a regular basis since 1999 and has been receiving an annual Leiden city art grant since 2000.

Sometimes he works with his partner Sonja van Kerkhoff on projects.

For THIS he has plans to create a land work involving 100 posts and a slope.

“I like the art of poetic suggestion, of the found object, and of the minimum intervention that helps the viewer to read ‘with the grain’ of the found.
The sculptors were presented with wood, and with a park: I decided to take both as the found”.

Sen McGlinn, 2002 statement for the International Sculpture Symposium in Singeorz-Bai, Romania.

More photos of the works he made in 2002 and 2001 are on this page.

"Cross Pollination," 2007, sculpture and sound piece, 2007 by Sen McGlinn and Sonja van Kerkhoff for the MoDa (Museum of Design and Architecture Grounds), London summer show, "Sculpting the Suburban Landscape."

“Cross Pollination,” 2007, sculpture and sound piece,
by Sen McGlinn and Sonja van Kerkhoff for the MoDa
(Museum of Design and Architecture Grounds)
London summer show, “Sculpting the Suburban Landscape.”

Some examples of earlier works of his are:

 
1997: “The History of civilisation” a 2 metre x 2 metre installation for the DRAP RECYCLE arts festival, Museum of contemporary art, Barcelona, Spain.

Later works made with Sonja are listed here >>.

And his current 2012/13 project in Rotorua is here >>

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