Simpósios e Galerias

Open Studio

1 e 2 de Maio 2008, 10h-17h
Largo dos Tanoeiros, 5
Almoçageme, Colares

Open Studio

Sculpture Live!

Work commenced in the week before Easter, 2007. The Acacia I would guess would have been more than 15 metres. It had already been felled before I arrived, as part of a progamme to control the infestation damage in the Park caused by this species. The trunk sections , eight in total were between 1.5 to 2.0 metres long. At present I have begun working on three of the lengths. Photographs and a complete account of the work to follow.26.04.2007

Some notes on the tree - Australian Blackwood  "Acacia melanoxylon".  Heartwood is golden to dark brown with a slight reddish tinge and regular dark chocolate brown splotches.  The tree can grow to 25m and have a diameter of about 170cm.  Also called Black Wattle. Fine texture, straight grain. Machining characteristics are good, but irregular sections should be machined with care and attention. Takes an excellent finish. Very similar to Koa.  Typical Uses: Furniture, gunstocks, decorative veneers, cabintry, interior woodwork.  Source Region: Australia.

  • Sculpture in Nature

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  • Land Art em Monserrate

    O Simpósio de Land Art: Outono em Monserrate, teve lugar no início de Outubro 2006. Aqui estão algumas imagens da minha contribuição: Aconteceu no Caminho-um trabalho em Medronheiro. Uma transformção deste trabalho será mostrada numa galeria,em Portugal, no verão ou pouco mais tarde no Outuno. O título será: Transformaçoes...Reconstruções...Fusões. Oportunamente serão dados mais detalhes.

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    Aconteceu no Caminho-an installation with an arbutus tree

    Pre-conditions - an Arbutus tree falls across the path leading to Feiteira valley
    - this becomes the theme and material of this installation
    - as a concept: the woodsman craft is raised to an art. Aesthetic dimensions are explored: visually interesting, e.g. the fresh cut wood with bright pink and yellow hues.
    - the fallen tree is cut, the largest and best pieces are selected , and the less useful branches cleared and stacked away. The process follows the woodsman way --but slowed down , time is taken to create aesthetic experiences en route.
    - the social interaction with many people that led to the permission to carry out this project in the context of the land art symposium at Monserrate.

    parts -root and lower stem
    - large twisted trunk, laid horizontal across the path
    - two vertical columns standing on either side of the horizontal trunk
    - a large bundle of branches
    - small trunk section , vertical on the path leading from the cascade
    - moss from the tree itself
    - the arbutus fruit –red
    - the flowers –white

    expression -the whole installation contains the memory of that first situation i.e. the fallen tree physically blocking the path
    -the root and lower stem is unmovable; to take it away would probably lead to the disintegration of the lower part
    -the two vertical pieces bring consciousness , they are witnesses, they have presence.
    - the large horizontal trunk that straddles the path is an artistic remembrance of the blocked path. Now it is possible to step over, or walk around . There remains the encounter with the installation.
    - the branches are carefully stacked and ordered to form a large witches broom, the expanded end leading away from the rest of the tree, towards the sky and sea
    - a small form at some distance from the amassed trunks , and is a variation of the worked vertical form: it serves as a marker to the point where one leaves the area of the installation

    technical -the yellow line fresh cut in the bark, signals the movement in the large horizontal form, and shows the connection between the single pieces
    -the work is ephemeral, transient in that the colours just described will soon fade
    -the berries and flowers will disintegrate
    -the moss will dry up