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Opening Friday 4 November - Continues until 29 November

Beautiful textures, colours and light, extreme and unpredictable weather, unusual and ancient plant and animal life – they all give Tasmania a unique and mystical character. This exhibition of work by Gerhard Mausz and Alex Miles is their response to Tasmania’s unique natural environment.

Alex’s bold prints and kinetic installations explore the things we feel (wonder, curiosity, anticipation, trepidation) when we’re immersed in a wild place – small figures in a big landscape. Drawn from memories of family adventures and school trips to places like Maria Island, Tasman Peninsula, Dove Lake and Mount Field, her colourful, pattern-based work is made with a young audience in mind (and the young at heart), inspiring them to get outside, embrace adventure and imagination, and discover and value Tasmania’s special places.

The fluid forms of Gerhard’s Hammerschlag Series and terrazzo sculptures reflect his fascination with Tasmania’s marine life encountered while snorkelling, surfing and camping. His natural curiosity compels him to explore. These sensual forms evolved from pushing the boundaries of his practice – using a ball hammer, each object has been hit 15000 to 27000 times to give a unique, sparkling hammer finish.

 

Artist Statement - Gerhard Mausz

Gerhard’s work has always had a strong sculptural element. His use of 3 dimensional curves is unique and springs from his deep connection to the qualities of nature wherever he comes in contact with it. The fluid forms of his Hammerschlag Series and terrazzo sculptures reflect his fascination with Tasmania’s marine life encountered while snorkeling, surfing and camping. His natural curiosity compels him to explore...

Hammerschlag Series
These sensual forms evolved from pushing the boundaries of his practice. These tabletop pieces are cold forged by hand, using a ball hammer on a very old anvil originally used for coach work. Each object has been hit 15000 to 27000 times to give a unique sparkling hammer finish.
Terrazzo
Always fascinated by the polished marble chips embedded in cement and the versatile applications of terrazzo, Gerhard first used this material at the Moonah Post Office seating in 1998, commissioned by Glenorchy City Council. The late terrazzo master Sandy Cerone made the 3 tables for Moonah Post Office in the fibreglass mould Gerhard provided.  Since then Gerhard developed his own style of terrazzo using local aggregates and various casting and polishing techniques.

 

Artist Statement - Alex Miles

Beautiful textures, colours and light, extreme and unpredictable weather, unusual and ancient plant and animal life – they all give Tasmania a unique and mystical character – like an imagined place or scene from a child’s book.

The prints I’ve made for this exhibition are inspired by Tasmania and are an exploration of some of the things we feel (wonder, curiosity, anticipation, trepidation) when we’re immersed in a wild place – small figures in a big landscape. The images are drawn from memories of family adventures and school trips to places like Maria Island, Tasman Peninsula, Dove Lake and Mount Field – places I love returning to, and now can share with my own kids.

I made the works with a young audience in mind (as well as the young at heart), inspiring them to get outside, embrace adventure and imagination, and discover and value the places in Tasmania that, as they grow, will become special to them.