Carol Crawford: there is a blaze of light in everything
21 June - 15 July
"This exhibition is a mini retrospective of my body of work – it embodies me in sculptural form.
It all started with Genesis I, seen in the exhibition in bronze from 2010 - free flowing light and air and the feeling of nurturing and support are integral to this sculpture – this sculpture was created at a time of great emotion for me, and to me conveys so much comfort and love.
Alabaster became my obsession from around 2010, with small sculptures – why alabaster? because of the quality of the stone and its translucency (or not) and also because I am attracted to the fact that it is formed in the ground as ‘eggs’ or nodules – it is my connection with the stone that gives birth to the forms. I listen to what the form is telling me, and work slowly, attentively. I enter another world when I carve - which is mostly done by hand filing and hand polishing. I am innately connected to each sculpture. They are part of me, and I am a part of them.
Despite the ‘faults’ in many of the alabaster sculptures, they are full of life and vitality – nothing in life is perfect, and they are more ‘real’ for this attribute. There is a blaze of light in everything."
Carol Lehrer Crawford in an artist practicing in Sydney, Australia. She has been creating sculptures for over 15 years in a variety of materials including bronze, plaster, wax, marble and alabaster. She is recognised for her organic and sensuous curvilinear forms. Carol has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and has been a finalist in the Tom Bass Prize 2018 & 2016, Harbour Sculpture 2017 & 2015, Northern Beaches Art Prize 2017, Warringah Small Sculpture Art Prize 2016, Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016 and Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2016.
Carol has completed several public commissions including two portraits for the Cootamundra ‘The Captain’s Walk’ in country NSW, and has various works in private collections within Australia and Germany (Berlin).
She holds a BA from the University of New South Wales, and has also studied Fine Arts (theory) at Sydney University.
Examples of her work can be seen on her website www.carolcrawfordsculpture.net
Bernice Lowe: An exhibition of figurative sculptures
13 May - 10 June 2018
Bernice has been a senior teacher at Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School since 2005.
Bernice’s artistic practice spans over twenty years. In 1989 she discovered Tom Bass and his ‘atelier’ Sculpture School in Broadway. The meeting was a pivotal moment igniting Bernice’s passion for sculpture.
Bernice has a deep appreciation of classical sculpture; it is from this discipline that she finds inspiration for more abstract and contemporary sculptures. Rhythm, gesture and movement are dynamics expressed in Bernice’s sculptural works. Her work explores the sublime and haptic world of form and harmony, her sculptures invite the eyes and the senses in from the mundane, to stop, linger a while and to just enjoy.
Daniel Dominguez: INTER LEGARE - to choose between
25 Feb - 2 May 2018
Making sculpture, like all creative processes, comes down to two principle actions, breathing in and breathing out. When we breath in we open our senses to the wonder that surrounds us. When we breath out we let go of our senses and follow an idea through to its end.
As in a breath these two actions operate in perfect accordance with each other and yet also operate as adverse opposites, one providing the tension that agitates the other into action.
It is the intelligence to choose between these modes, however, that ignites the spirit of creativity, fundamental to the success of all great enterprises.
Daniel Dominguez is a figurative sculptor, modelling chiefly in clay and casting into plaster and bronze. Following a formative training under Tom Bass in the 1990s, he went on to work in the tradition of his beloved master, completing civic sculpture for community organisations across the country (for much of the last 30 years). In addition, Daniel has exhibited his bronze editions extensively through commercial galleries and is often in demand for private commissioned work, most notably portrait sculpture.
In recent years he has also set up a drawing school, believing drawing to be the essential grammar behind the visual language of sculpture.