Monday, 6 February 2017

The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver (1959-2006)

An astounding retrospective of a major artist's work. I knew of some of Bronwyn Oliver's work in particular the work 'Iris' which was (and happily still is) part of the State Craft Collection and pictured below.  This exhibition also presents early pre-copperwire cane, paper and fibre glass sculptures.  Wonderfully curated by Julie Ewington, this is the first comprehensive survey of 50 key works, from the mid-1980s to the final solo exhibition in 2006.  Thanks to TarraWarra for the breadth of work. I treasured the opportunity to concentrate on the many different repetitive patterns and textures created by Oliver with wire. 

TarraWarra Museum of Art

311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road Healesville, Victoria

Umbra, 2003, copper, 110 x 110 x 20 cm © Estate of Bronwyn Oliver, courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

detail Umbra
detail Umbra
Lock,  2002 copper

detail Lock
Iris, 1989, copper, Victorian State Craft Collection, Hamilton Gallery

work from the early 1980s using cane, paper & fibreglass
Cane infrastructure used before cooper wire
Find following a series of detailed images highlighting the vast, complex and intricate range of textures, patterns and joining techniques from wire.

Work from the early 1980s.

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