Sunday, 19 February 2012

The Crafter’s Way 215 - Environmentally Inspired Exhibitions

artisan has kicked off another year of exciting exhibitions starting with “Animated Steel: Heavier Metal” by Christopher Trotter, “Bespunk” by Alexander Lotersztain and “Holloway Eyewear”. Queensland sculptor Chrsitopher Trotter recycles industrial scrap metal into animals, fossils, zany vehicles or alien creatures. He carefully selects components, and his intimate understanding of structure and movement, both natural and mechanical, imbues his works with life and vigour.
animated steel
Trotter has deconstructed aeronautical or agricultural machines and recycled them into huge public artworks for government, councils, universities and urban developers. Public art remains the focus of Trotter’s practice however he continues to produce sculptures between public commissions. This exhibition features a selection of works drawn from his collection.
The second artisan exhibition is Bespunk by Alexender Lotersztain. Lotersztain is a dynamic and talented designer with dual design degrees from Argentina and Griffith University. Alexander Lotersztain was recently awarded the Queensland Premier's 2010 Smart State Design Fellowship. Lotersztain also works directly with village communities in rural Africa to develop commercially viable design products that can be made by local artisans. Bespunk offers an alternative recycling concept which transforms trash to flash and gives new life to old items by applying a polyurea elastomer to the surface of almost any existing object to create a finish with attitude. You can see the work
Holloway Eyewear is based at West End, Queensland. They merge scavenged materials and sketched designs into sustainable eyewear. The local artisans are inspired by their home habitats, the oceans and rainforest. If you can’t make the display visit the website
Let’s head bayside to the Redcliffe City Art Gallery for 3 exhibitions on display until the 25th February 2012. With a shared theme of the environment each of the artists has created works of art inspired by their own experiences.
“Edge: Installations by Susan Mullen” reflects Susan’s childhood of growing up in the Moreton Region. Susan has captured moments spent by the waters of Bribie Island. “Swamp Cartography” by Rebecca Ward & Shannon Garson is a collaborative project exploring the wallum swamplands of South East Queensland. In dual mediums of textiles and wood “Beachcomber” by Fran Robinson explores the natural surroundings of Moreton Bay.
With so many exhibitions on offer there is sure to be one that takes your fancy.

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