Suji Park – Mollusca, Brett McDowell Gallery, 5 Dowling Street, Dunedin. Exhibition opens September 14th.
These works (and others) are included in the exhibition Angela Brennan, Stop Humming Glen Gould at Niagra Galleries, 245 Punt Road, Richmond, Melbourne, until September 29th.
The Tate has bought 8 million of Ai Weiwei’s ‘Sunflower Seeds’ with the assistance of the Art Fund. The pile, that can be installed as either a flat square or conical pile (as above) contains just under a 10th of the total number used in the artist’s installation in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall as part of the Unilever Series in 2010. While the cost of the work hasn’t been disclosed, 100 kilograms of the seeds were sold at Sotheby’s last year, with each seed from this sale fetching the equivalent of £3.50.
Long before Jackson Pollock revolutionised painting with his signature ‘all-over’ drips, he was a student at the Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, and it was here that he created the little beauties above. The unsigned book ends are purportedly love tokens that Pollock fashioned for fellow student Alice Crosby, who recently verified their authenticity. The mulberry streaked slabs are about to go up for auction at Cowan’s in Cincinnati, with an asking price of up to US$15,000.
Japanese/American ceramicist Toshiko Takaezu died last week aged 89. Renowned for her closed pots and torpedo-like cylinders, her works ranged in scale from minute orbs to six-foot monoliths. The ceramicist actively promoted the medium as an art form, and embraced the notion that the objects she created were to be seen rather than used. As such, her works can be viewed as three dimensional canvases. They are often enlivened by eruptions of colour and brush-strokes that recall the paintings of Takaezu’s contemporaries including Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline.
But some of the most beautiful elements of Takaezu’s work are invisible. She left little pieces of clay inside her closed forms so that they emit gentle sounds when moved. Other works contain secret phrases written within their interiors. To discover these messages, the works would need to be broken. Which is not to say that Takaezu was overly precious about her ceramics. The Zen Buddhist saw her art and life as seamlessly intertwined, even cooking claypot chicken alongside the stoneware baking in her kilns.