2015 Exhibitions

Simon Gandevia: Evolving Forms
5 Nov - 4 Dec 2015

Not much can be understood without an inkling of insight into evolution and change.  Evolution is a word that can be understood on many levels – from Darwinian evolution to the changes occurring over time in all materials, things and even ideas.  All the pieces presented in this exhibition use ‘natural’ materials, for example sandstone, which has been carved and shaped by nature and then by hand.  Some use wood which has been chiselled, burnt or eroded by the elements.  In some pieces, such as Hand evolving, there is an additional link to the concept of ‘evolving’: both the material and shape have a link to the term.

About Simon Gandevia:
Simon has been a doctor and medical researcher for about thirty years. He took sculpture classes at the Waverley Woollahra Art Centre some years ago and, since 2011, has been attending Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School.  At TBSSS, he has mostly carved in sandstone.  Simon also participated in TBSSS workshops on limestone carving with Paul Hopmeier and on sculpting with found objects with Anita Larkin.   As another interest, he has helped establish three Japanese-Australian gardens, including one at Neuroscience Research Australia.  Simon and his wife Julie maintain a number of bonsai trees. Visit Simon's website: gandeviasculpture.com

Sallie Portnoy: Go Figure
15 Oct - 4 Nov 2015

An exhibition of cast glass and metals by contemporary artist Sallie Portnoy. In November 2015, Sallie ran a special Glass Casting Workshop at Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School.

About Sallie Portnoy:
Internationally recognized award winning multimedia artist Sallie Portnoy (BFA, MSA) now works mainly in cast glass crystal creating abstract figurative sculpture. Prolific and diverse, she is also known to work in clay, bronze, cement, polyurethane, glass mosaic, and stainless steel. 

Portnoy has had numerous solo exhibitions and been the recipient of several major awards and public art commissions. She is represented internationally in private and permanent collections and has taught glass workshops in Australia, Canada, Turkey, Corning Museum of glass and Urban Glass NYC. She holds regular workshops at her Northern Beaches studio in Sydney and this November will hold a special workshop for Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School. Visit Sallie's website: www.sallieportnoyglass.com.au

Margo Hoekstra: Stories
5 Aug - 2 Sep 2015

The exhibition showcased Margo's work over the last 30 years and focused on the various 'stories' or phases of Margo's life as a sculptor.

Jules Jones: The Energy In-Between
7 May - 28 May 2015

Using the horse as a visual metaphor, this body of work illustrates the unified field of energy that runs through all beings. Jules has developed her own medium incorporating wire, sisal (cactus fibre), copper, stone and semi-precious crystals. Capturing the explosive energy and impulsion of a horse’s life force, the work celebrates our connection to the earth and the stars.

About Jules Jones:
Jules Jones has worked and studied in London and Sydney. She came to Tom Bass Studio in 2009 and in 2012 undertook a year of sculpture study and practice in the TBSSS Emerging Sculptor Program. Jules has participated in numerous group shows in Sydney; this is her first solo exhibition.

A group exhibition: Carvings
1 Apr - 28 Apr 2015

An exhibition that featured works by students and teachers of Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School. Sculptures on display were carved from soapstone, limestone, marble and alabaster.

A group exhibition: Pieces of Eight
2015 Art Month Exhibition
6 Mar - 27 Mar 2015

Diverse and dynamic, the 2015 edition of Pieces of Eight curated by Wendy Black, will once again present eight contemporary sculptors: Carol Crawford, Lea Ferris, Odette Ireland, Anita Larkin, Ingrid Morley, Kim-Anh Nguyen, Meredith Peach and Susann Taylor. Pieces of Eight will showcase a varied approach to the sculptural form, exhibition pieces will include sculptures exquisitely carved from marble and alabaster to delicate hand built ceramic pieces, as well as sculptures made from collected objects. Clara Street Gallery is excited to be presenting eight diverse women artists as part of Art Month 2015.