Inside Out: Space and Process
Erwin Fabian & Anne-Marie May
March 2020 – 3 January 2021
The exhibition Inside Out: Space and Process presents two Melbourne sculptors from different generations, born 50 years apart, who evidence an enduring concern with material, process, and abstraction. Erwin Fabian and Anne-Marie May use a range of found and fabricated media to explore the poetic correlations between surface, substance and space through intuitive and experimental processes.
Erwin Fabian was until recently Australia’s oldest practising sculptor. He was born in Berlin in 1915, the son of painter Max Fabian, and trained at the School of Art and Craft in Berlin. He arrived in Australia in 1940 during the Second World War after being interned in London. Later returning to London, he worked as a designer and lecturer at the London School of Printing before permanently basing himself in Melbourne in 1962. His work was referenced in Gombrich’s seminal text, Art and Illusion, published in 1960. Sadly Fabian died in January 2020 during the development of this exhibition, however it provides an opportunity to celebrate his life and work. Erwin Fabian is represented by Australian Galleries.
Born in 1965, Anne-Marie May lives and works in Melbourne. She uses diverse materials to undertake explorations of colour, abstraction and space. May has exhibited since the late 1980s, and was a member of the influential artist-run space Store 5 in Melbourne. Selected solo exhibitions have been held at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2004; Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland, 2004; and Murray White Room, Melbourne, 2009, 2011 and 2013. Her work was included in 21st Century Modern: 2006 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, and Less is More: Minimal and Post-Minimal Art in Australia at Heide in 2012. Anne-Marie May is represented by Murray White Room, Melbourne.
Installation images by Christian Capurro.
McClelland National Small Sculpture Awards 2020
The National Small Sculpture Awards 2020 are an initiative of McClelland’s Director Lisa Byrne to support sculptors during the initial stages of the impact of COVID-19 on the Australian arts and culture sector. With the significant changes to the whole ecosystem of artistic support in Australia ahead, this initiative was designed to directly reach our key artistic community at McClelland – sculptors. We were truly amazed at the response by 320 sculptors, evidence of the huge need for income streams for the artistic community in our specialist field of sculpture.
The 44 finalists reflect a strong diversity of approaches to sculpture in the 21st Century. A variety of mediums, influences, career levels and conceptual interests are embodied in the finalist grouping. On behalf of the three Judges, Jason Smith, Director Geelong Art Gallery, and McClelland Trustees and Artists Lisa Roet and John Young AM, our congratulations to the 44 finalists, and notably the four 2020 awardees, Kerrie Poliness, Cyrus Tang, Matt Hinkley and James Geurts.
Shortlisted artists are: Fiona Abicare, Daniel Agdag, Claire Bridge, Robert Bridgewater, Eugene Carchesio, Aaron Carter, Kris Coad, Ewen Coates, Narinda Cook, Augustine Dall’Ava, Emma Davies, Michael Doolan, Brodie Ellis, Danny Fotopoulos, James Geurts, Matt Hinkley, Odette Ireland, Freya Jobbins, Yvonne Kendall, Madeline Kidd, Alicia King, Michael Le Grand, Lucas Maddock, John Meade, Sanné Mestrom, Clare Milledge, Clive Murray-White, Nell, Louise Paramor, Sassy Park, Mary Lou Pavlovic, Kenny Pittock, Kerrie Poliness, Steven Rendall, Juan David Rodriguez Sandoval, Paul Selwood, Ema Shin, Matthew Sleeth, Vipoo Srivilasa, Kylie Stillman, Cyrus Tang, Ronnie van Hout, Jan van Schaik, and Narelle White.