I am very pleased to have some of my sculptural work shown as part of the Transmogrify group show at the beinArt Gallery in Melbourne opening on the 25th of June.
Transmogrify, a three person exhibition of oil paintings, watercolours & sculptures that reconstruct and subvert the human form. Transmogrify features Ben Howe’s hyper-realistic, yet reductive oil paintings, Jake Hempson’s sculptural explorations of figures and bone and Tim Molloy’s psychedelic apocalyptic watercolour paintings and sculptures.
From the the beinArt gallery bio/blurb : "Jake Hempson (Australia) is a Zimbabwean born multidisciplinary artist, specialising in sculptural works based on the natural forms of bones as a memento vita, which hark back to a post colonial childhood in Africa. His digital practice is firmly supported by traditional techniques merged with photos of bones which are incorporated into the final piece. During the translation of found objects into digital artwork there are sometimes errors in the capturing and conversion process. Jake finds these captured imperfections fascinating, suggesting they reveal the true nature of the object in its new medium and are important in giving each artwork a sense of authenticity which can then be shaped by the hand of the artist. Jake explains, ‘the works are an exploration of memento vita (memento of life). It’s a way to re-experience my childhood fascination with the remains of life. I want to evangelise the beauty of bones, without its associations with the macabre. When I first started my explorations of these forms I initially mislabelled my work memento mori, but through my practice I have realised that my explorations of bones are not a fascination with death, but a fascination with what is the structure of life, as bones hold us together, they are the most resilient structures of us.’"
My work will be a collection of older and new work,of which this showing will be good way to explore where I move forward with my tactile non augmented sculptural works. I'm feeling pretty chuffed about the whole thing, organising molds and cleaning up castings for the show. The castings will be released as a limited run (final run numbers yet to be decided).
Lots still to do
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