Heavy Weather

Robb, Charles (2012) Heavy Weather. [Visual Artwork]

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Heavy Weather was a monumental sculptural work produced for the prestigious McClelland National Sculpture Survey in 2012. The work was a large cold-cast aluminium figure depicting the artist in athletic costume arching backwards across the top of massive boulder. The pose of the figure was derived from the ‘Fosbury flop’, the awkward backwards manoeuvre associated with high-jump event. The boulder was a portrait of a different kind - a remake of the Ian Fairweather memorial on Bribie Island but elongated to tower upwards. The work thus emphasised two contrasting impressions of movement – immense inertia and writhing agility. Heavy Weather sought to bring these two opposing forces together as a way of representing the tensions that shape our relationship with objects. In so doing, the work contributed to the artist’s ongoing exploration of sculpture, self-portraiture and the civic monument. The work was promoted nationally including the Art Guide and the Melbourne Review. It was also the subject of a article in the Australian Art Collector.

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ID Code: 57556
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Funders: McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin, VIC
Material: bonded aluminium, cement render, steel, fibreglass and acrylic paints
Measurements or Duration: 3.2m x 2.5m x 2.1m
Number of Pieces: 1
Location: From date: To date:
McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Langwarrin VIC 2012-10-17 2013-07-14
Keywords: Self Portraiture, Subjectivity, Sculpture, Memorials, Fairweather, Ian, Rocks in art
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Charles Robb
Copyright Statement: All rights reserved
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2013 03:23
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2013 05:11

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