HYPERCLAY Catalogue App Available Now
Friday December 16 2011
We’re very excited to announce that the HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics app developed as part of the touring exhibition is now available for everyone to download from the App Store in iTunes, exclusively for iPad. Divided into nine sections, the app has a profile, process, expert and student video for each of the eight artists, as well as a look at international ceramics, a word from the producer, and a look at material technology.
Designed to take the place of a traditional catalogue, the HYPERCLAY app contains over two hours of video content, some of which were included in the profiles of the HYPERCLAY artists on Object Eye over recent months. The app is free, and a great insight into the works and the artists. If you have seen the show already, you can catch up on any videos you may have missed, and if you plan on catching it over the course of the tour you can get acquainted with the exhibition before it arrives. And if it isn’t touring near you, it means you don’t miss out on all of the great information complementing the works!
Paul Wood — HYPERCLAY
Wednesday November 30 2011
Welcome to the final instalment of the HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics artist profile series. Every week for the last eight weeks we have looked at one of the artists involved in the exhibition currently on show at Object Gallery in Sydney. Click here to catch up on the rest of the series.
This week: Paul Wood.
Paul Wood graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1998 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, before going on to attain in 2003 a Graduate Diploma from VCA also. As part of his Graduate Diploma, Wood decided that, rather than create functional objects, he would distort them, transforming them into non-functional objects in the process. You can watch a video of Wood discussing the creation of his work for HYPERCLAY in our Video & Audio Gallery here.
Pip McManus — HYPERCLAY
Wednesday November 23 2011
Welcome to the penultimate instalment in the HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics artist profile series. Every week for the last seven weeks we have been profiling the artists involved in HYPERCLAY — you can catch up on the rest of the series here.
This week: Pip McManus.
McManus was raised in Perth, where she studied French at the University of Western Australia, before she spent some years travelling through Europe and Africa. She then returned to Australia, studying ceramics full time in Adelaide in the late 1970s before relocating to Alice Springs in 1981, where she has been based ever since.
Addison Marshall — HYPERCLAY
Wednesday November 16 2011
Welcome to installment six in the HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics artist profile series. Every week we have been profiling one of the eight artists involved in HYPERCLAY — you can catch up on the series here.
This week: Addison Marshall.
You may remember Marshall from his profile in Object magazine Issue 60, with a focus on International Ceramics. If you don’t have an iPad and can’t download the issue, you can watch the video, narrated by Marshall, here or download it through iTunes U.
Marshall spent twelve years working in the fashion industry before a short course ten years ago reignited a latent passion stewing since a night course he enrolled in when he was eight or nine — joining a class where he was the only kid in a room full of adults. Now, he has been practicing ceramics for five years, drawing inspiration from the universe and the unknown — reflected generally in his work, and quite literally here.
Andrea Hylands - HYPERCLAY
Thursday November 10 2011
Welcome to the fifth instalment of our 8-part series, profiling the artists featured in our current exhibition, HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics. You can catch up on all of the previous entries here.
This week: Andrea Hylands.
Hylands grew up initially in Iran, where her parents were based, before relocating to the UK, where she went to art college. European artists then became her influence, prior to her moving to Australia in the early 1980s. Here, she set up her studio in central Victoria, beginning her ceramics practice in earnest.
Hylands work for HYPERCLAY, New Warriors, is a collection of 55 slipcast bone china figures on a found wooden base. Each figure is unique, the result of hand manoeuvred slip within a mould, lined up in rows on the base. They are beautiful, fragile-looking pieces, simple and complex at the same time.
Roderick Bamford on 3D Printing
Friday November 04 2011
As a follow up to my 3D clay printing demonstration at Object Gallery, here’s a little more information about the 3D printer. In addition to clay, it’s been used to print different types of paste, including icing sugar, nutella, cream, and snacks for guests at an exhibition. opening. When the device returns from the HYPERCLAY show, I’ll be continuing to print in porcelain, bone china and ceramic studio waste. For now, the downtime provides a good opportunity to fill in some background.
The concept of ‘3D printing‘ embodies a number of grand futuristic promises, feted in some circles as the future of manufacturing or as a new paradigm in consumer shopping, where 3D printing will deliver ‘shopping on demand’ via your own personal desktop printer. As the technology’s growth curve accelerates, prices decrease, and the types of processes and materials capable of being ‘printed’ expands , the term ‘additive manufacturing’ has emerged to describe the technological genre. Today, 3D printing machines can create objects in a range of materials: metals; plastics of different strength, hardness and flexibility; stone like materials in full CMYK colour; food; concrete, and; ceramic.
Jacqueline Clayton — HYPERCLAY
Wednesday November 02 2011
Welcome to the fourth instalment of our 8-part series, profiling the artists featured in our current exhibition, HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics — we’re now at the halfway point. You can catch up on all of the previous entries here.
This week: Jacqueline Clayton.
Clayton was at the Australian National University studying Japanese language and history, becoming more and more interested in Japanese culture and artifacts, when she moved to Japan, attaching herself to a university with a strong Arts faculty. It was whilst she was here that she was introduced to ceramics, and the power of the medium, before returning to Australia and committing herself to ceramics study at East Sydney Technical College.
Early on, her work was very influenced by Japanese culture and history, but she increasingly became fascinated with the idea that an arts practice can itself become a voice. As such, for Clayton, producing a work became a way of working through ill-formed ideas and making them more visible to herself.
Stephen Bird — HYPERCLAY
Wednesday October 26 2011
Welcome to instalment number 3 of our 8-part series, each week introducing you to another of the artists in our current exhibition, HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics. Catch up on the previous entries here.
This week: Stephen Bird.
Bird came to ceramics via drawing and painting — after he finished studying he spent 13 years “expanding the parameters of painting into the third dimension”, in his own words. Then, in 1996, he was given a bag of clay and spent the winter making small figurines and firing them in the wood stove he used to keep his studio warm. Click here to find a video of Bird discussing his process — this video is on of four dedicated to Bird housed within the iPad app included in the exhibition.
Roderick Bamford — HYPERCLAY
Friday October 21 2011
This week: Roderick Bamford.
Bamford has a number of works on display, but they all centre around 3D printing. Pride of place, and hard to miss, is the big, open, rectangular printer he has installed in Object Gallery, though the printer is not going on tour — click on the image gallery to find a video of him demonstrating the printer the day after the show opened. (Note that the video of the printer in action has been sped up immensely — it actually took about twenty minutes to create this piece.) Click here to find a video of Bamford discussing his process in our Video & Audio Gallery — this video is one of the four dedicated to Bamford housed within the iPad app that forms part of the exhibition.
Walter Auer — HYPERCLAY
Wednesday October 12 2011
Welcome to the first of our 8-part series, where each week we will introduce you to one of the artists involved in our current exhibition, HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics. You can see the rest of the series by clicking here.
This week: Walter Auer.
Auer’s two works on display at Object Gallery, entitled The Anarchist, 2011 and The Insider, 2011, take a unique approach to ceramics. While they appear slipcast (where a liquid clay ‘slip’ is poured into a mould), they are in fact mummified, or petrified, in terra sigillata, which is a liquid containing the smallest and lightest clay particles. Auer has taken stuffed bears, removed their fillings and replaced them with wood shavings, before soaking them in this terra sigillata, proposing and shaping them, and then firing them in a kiln. A video, one of those featured in the iPad app within the exhibition, explaining the process in more depth is available in our Video & Audio Gallery, by clicking here.