Sitting not Standing
Title: Deck Chairs
Materials: Salvaged spotted gum Selected and milled by specialist tree salvage group ‘ Big scrub salvage Lismore’ Repurposed 316 grade stainless steel threaded rod ,washers, nuts. Artist made finish including lanolin and gum turps
Dimensions:Installation : group of three chairs , total floor space 3000 mm x 2000 mm
Each chair being approx 1500mm x 1200 mm x 800 mm
Sitting not standing:
Brunswick heads has always been a wonder filled place to visit.
A visit to that meeting of the waters has always let my eyes rest from the everyday visual noise of cars fences houses roads neighbors, pressing engagements and deadlines..
Brunswick heads reminds me to take time ,to slow down, to breath in the fresh ocean air and survey the absolute beauty of natures ensemble.
Inspired by this, ‘Sitting not standing’ is a series of sculptures designed to encourage people to sit and rest for just a little bit longer.
Reimagining the public places we can sit and why.
Recent shifts in public art/ installation ideas reflect broader societal changes could these ,be leading us towards healthier more inclusive public spaces.
The sculpture ‘Sitting not Standing’ attempts to present a refreshed organization of public spaces.A more ergonomic arrangement that may that allow for ‘multiple functions’ like stretching ,playing and lounging.
A large part of this design includes flexibility with mutable forms that can create ,even ,a new sense of community.
Different materials and inclines generate different social realities. They can be ‘solitary or inclusive’ exclusive or inclusive.
While seating is often ‘invisible in the landscape’ often regarded or seen as functional to sitting the sculpture ‘sitting not standing’ encourages appreciation of landscapes as they provide a viewpoint to ‘organize the scope and our scoping strategy
During the 1860s one of the first designed stationary places to sit was made of a mix of iron handles and wooden slats and was just …under relaxing.
Not really comfortable because then the thought was “you should hold your own posture not rely on the chair.
In the 20 th century ,there were experiments about the human figure and the ideal reclining positions exploring free forming ergonomics.
A new horizon was formulated but not guaranteed ,even until now, public seating has been purposefully made uncomfortable in order to deter unwanted elements.
These were known as defensive or deterrent furnishings.
Today with a shift towards more comfortable and relaxing public space, even enabling ‘splaying in public’ a posture once only allowed in the medical or residential spheres.
There is now a potential for new positions in public spaces.
: Residency at Kandos for Cémenta 2021. May 2021
:"The racket "Assemblage of found objects and soundscape.Unusual festival lismore 2019
: "PErspective" and "Placemaker "carved wooden sculptures ."Ingenuity"Mullumbimby sculpture festival 2019
: "Assemblage of carved wooden panels.""Artists choice exhibition" Blue Knob hall gallery 2019
: Group of "carved wooden totems"Nimbin artists society exhibition.Nimbin 2019
: Group show "Mixed carved spoons"Blue Knob gallery.Blue Knob 2019
: "COpper zeppelin" Hardwoods and copper Murwillumbah Art Trail.2019
: "Collection of old world meets new world" wall hangings.Imaginorium.Uki 2019
: "Standing placemakers"Hardwood and oxides.Yugulbir castle.Art in the paddock.Grafton regional gallery 2018
"CEnti "large outdoor installation Recycled Hardwoods and pine.Wagga Wagga,NSW,Burning seed sculpture walk 2018
: "Watcher" three standing carved Hardwood sculptures.Nimbin gallery.Nimbin 2018
: " Utensils " hand carved reclaimed timber .Blue Knob gallery Blue Knob 2017
: " Friends from foreign shores " carved and felted sculptures. Barcelona Spain 2016
: "little creatures " carved marble. Barcelona Spain 2016
: "graduate exhibition" Southern cross university. Lismore 2014
: " group show " pop up gallery.Barcelona Spain 2013
: " marquette" gorilla installation. KAssell,Germany