The ASV Annual and Awards Exhibition is on from 29th July to 16th August. It will be at a new venue, Collins Square, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne. The exhibition will be open weekdays only, but the building is open until 9:00pm so you can visit outside business hours.
The official opening will be 6:30 - 8:30pm, Wednesday 31st July.
I have one piece entered, titled "Reconciliation", shown below as a work in progress.
"Illusion of Certainty" has been bolted to the footpath near the hardware store in the main street of Yinnar. "Counterpoint" is in the gallery at ARC. The Gippsland Sculpture Exhibition opening is April 6th and there are lots of great artists taking part so it will be worth the drive.
My piece "Waveform" has been selected for the Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition which runs from May 1st to June 9th. Sculptures will be displayed in shop windows and on the footpath in Toorak Village.
You can get a map showing the locations of all the works from any of the shops in Toorak Village. "Waveform" will be in the window of Studio MG, 453 Toorak Road.
Two views of "Waveform" are shown below.
I have three pieces entered in MIFGS this year and will be demonstrating as usual (demonstration dates to be confirmed).
MIFGS runs from Wed 27th March to Sun 31st March in the Carlton Gardens and the sculpture exhibition is near the fountain.
My sculptures "Illusion of Certainty" and "Counterpoint" have been selected as finalists in the 2019 Gippsland Sculpture Exhibition.
The exhibition is in Main Street, Yinnar from 6th April to 1st June. Yinnar is around 10km south of the Princes Freeway near Morwell. It is a bit of a drive from Melbourne, but there will be 50 sculptures by many talented artists on display, so it will be well worth it.
More information is available at the Gippsland Sculpture Exhibition website .
I will be demonstrating at the ASV Exhibition on Herring Island on the Australia Day holiday, Monday 28th January , along with other artists. As well as viewing the exhibition, you can walk around the island (it's quite small) and see the permanent sculpture collection.
You can get to the island on the free punt from Como Landing, near the Kanteen café (Melways ref. Map 58 G2).
Map from Parks Victoria Park Notes
You can now buy gift certificates at Trybooking which allow the recipient to book a place in one of my workshops. The certificates are valid for 12 months and are $130.30 (the $0.30 covers the Trybooking booking fee.)
Get your gift certificates at Trybooking
Two of my pieces were exhibited (and sold!) at "Within the Land - Sculpture at Acheron", a wonderful exhibition of over 60 sculptures in the gardens of Rennies at Acheron, near Alexandra. It will be on again next year and is well worth the drive over the Black Spur to see the sculptures and enjoy lunch at the café.
There is an article on the Art Almanac website about "Synergy" and the Tesselaar Sculpture Prize.
There is one more week to visit the Tulip Festival, which finishes on October 14th
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival opened yesterday, 15th September, and includes the Tesselaar Sculpture Prize, with works by 25 finalists. I was surprised during the week to receive a call from Mark Cowie, the exhibition curator, telling me I had won the $20,000 Tesselaar Sculpture Prize! This is an acquisitive prize, so "Synergy" will become part of the sculpture collection at the Tesselaar Flower Farm.
Here are the comments by the judge, Michael Meszaros OAM:
"John’s work has an apparent simplicity which disguises a subtlety of form and meaning. The title gives a clue to this subtlety. As I walked around it the forms played with each other as the viewing angle changed. These forms are elegant and feminine with a gradual development of complexity as they move upwards. They have a calculated dislocation which uses the light as it plays across the surface and as the day progresses. The work retains the suggestion of its original block of stone, utilising it while transforming it to another level of meaning. The work is fully three dimensional, encouraging one to walk around it and to notice the shifting counterpoint of the carefully composed forms. Finally, it is beautifully crafted, utilising the potential of the material, its texture and its colour".
The tulip Festival is on until 14th October - more info at tulipfestival.com.au/ or tesselaar_tulip_festival on Instagram.
Here are some photos, taken the day of installation (The tulips weren't out yet).