Our judge and guest speaker, Deborah Halpern rallied the sculpting tribe to support one another - in the face of censorship this time - but in general all the time.
Then followed the announcement of the prizes - accompanied by images on the Events Centre screen - very civilized!
|Esther Goldberg "Ballet Dancer"|
for both member and non member sculptors with fewer than ten years exhibition experience
Esther Goldberg for her "Ballet Dancer"
This sculpture is masterful and expressive. The body flings itself back in a controlled and yet abandoned gesture. The work embodies the soul and the muscularity of a ballet dancer.
|Graham Duell "Toroidal Bloom"|
Graham Duell: "Toroidal Bloom”
Mathematics can take us a wondrous journey. I enjoyed the playful, and skilful execution of this sculpture. It is organic, scientific, well-crafted, bewildering and amusing.I look forward to seeing the mathematical formula from whence this work has sprung.
|Andrew Bryant |
"First Full Moon"
This sculpture has power and presence in its verticality, precariously balanced moon, and jaunty single leaf thrusting to the light.
From a distance the moon becomes a head on a dark body.
The three different elements are put together in a way that makes them work together, which is surprising and satisfying
|Susie Ashkenazi "Relic"|
Suzie Ashkanazi: “Relic"
This powerful work of a fragment of a larger-than-life-sized head reminds me of the destruction of the beautiful buildings and sacred objects which we have lost recently in wars and acts of deliberate violence.
On one hand we cling to things as if they will be our salvation, and on the other the past brings to mind civilisations and events that we need to recall for the lessons that they hold
|Bruce Webb "The Key"|
Bruce Webb: "The Key”
The work is elegant in its simplicity, and yet it reveals a complexity in the geometry of the forms.
The play of the positive and negative gives increasingly more to discover in this elegant, powerful work.
Art Almanac Prize
|Tahani Shamroukh "A Labour"|
This work requires one to work and to engage with it.
A cube of discarded work clothes, boots, money all glued together - simultaneously chaotic, organised, in one place, but unusable…
Whose are they? Why are they like this? Will they need them again? What sort of work did they do? These questions and more.
This is an intriguing work which poses more questions than it answers.
|Paul Cacioli "The Hound"|
Paul Cacioli "The Hound"
I felt Paul's sculpture captured such a moment of fluidity, a litheness. I am always in awe when a sculptor can take a strong, cold material such as steel and transform it into a work which embodies the grace, warmth and gentleness of a moving animal. I found myself wanting to move around the work and enjoy the interpretation from all angles.
Margaret Gunnersen William Hoggan Thomas Award
for sculptors with more than ten years exhibition experience.
This award is made on the vote of the exhibiting members - and this year it appears that voting was close:
|Michael Meszaros "Smoulder"|
Michael Meszaros "Smoulder" and
|Gillian Govan "So Tired"|
Gillian Govan "So Tired"
|Bruce Webb "The Key"|
Jenny Rickards "...at break of day arising..."
|Jenny Rickards "... at break of day arising ..."|