Eye Candies and the Art Ward

Posted September 16, 2012 by oliospx
Categories: Uncategorized

Eye Candy counter 

A third project is taking shape in this space in the form of an ‘art ward’ a place where ailing ideas might convalesce until they are strong enough to face the world.

The castle ruin in ‘The Drawing Room’ is a site specific response to a unique environment, as such it could be imagined in terms of entropic or transient ideas that slowly decay providing mineral support for a barren cultural substrate.
The urge to build these folly’s springs from not only the inherited tendency to embark on overzealous projects that may (inadvertently) have side affects or unforeseen outcomes…
but also as a pre-disastered concept the work has intuitive, almost rhizomatic growth. Both the offshoot or ‘sucker’ potential and self destructive elements are encoded from the start; on one level it is an allegorical caution of excessive development or exploitation of resources…on another it speaks of the past and the future which lie embodied within objects created from these resources.
The displayed aspect of the dresser draw usually lies hidden beneath our layers of disguise, the clothes we use to communicate our connectedness to one tribe or another. By displaying these bones stripped clean of flesh we see each drawer in a Kantian Noumenal way, as a ‘thing-in-itself’, and in this moment of seeing perhaps we may also glimpse the folly of our modern existence.
Oliver Stretton-Pow
Tweaked by Dr J R Hill Esq
August 2012

Artist in Residence @ Central Institute of Technology, Northbridge, Perth

Posted August 1, 2012 by oliospx
Categories: Uncategorized

Pimped Briggs and Stratton Key start

Found this puppy acting as a trellice for a sprawling grapevine….spent the arvo with technician Charlie stripping her down and by 3oclock we even had joy with the key!

@ Large

Posted June 21, 2012 by oliospx
Categories: Uncategorized

This is going to be a Big Pipe

These works further my interest in the play  with archetypes and cliches, and the process of recognition that gives them their meaning.  ‘Pipe’ draws on the sculptural tradition of gigantism to explore in exaggerated form, the archetypical symbol of the pipe: as a cliche after Magritte but also as a device. Many of my works play with this aspect – they are to be physically engaged with.  This is a way of opening up spaces between established ways of thinking and doing.  The aim is to encourage physical and/or mental interaction: actice ctital engagement as opposed to passive reception.

Castles in the Sand

These sand castles are a site specific response to the unique coastal environment, as such they should be imagined in terms of sand… the idea springs not only from the obvious playful exploits of the children’s pass-time, one that returns to it’s origin without any damaging residue or consequences, but also as a reminder of our tendency to embark on overzealous projects that may (inadvertently) have side effects or unforseen outcomes..(the folley). as such the installation is a reminder of; the bounty of the sea, the fragility of the coastal environment and also a gentle caution of excessive development or exploitation of resources…

Keys to the Greenhouse

Posted February 28, 2010 by oliospx
Categories: Current

February 2010

A Brief Description of themes addressed in the work. 

My recent body of work includes a series of figurative and man/machine morphologies. The intention is to develop a hybrid of mythologies superimposed upon my own experiences. The sculptures encourage viewers to consider anthropomorphological tendencies from multiple view points.   

This combination of the utilitarian machine with organic elements   sets up a dynamic allegory of shifting meanings.

There are many opportunities to deplete and reinvest the function and processes of each component or tool, to reify or deify the objects using architectural devices of scale and materiality.

Keys to the Greenhouse

Posted February 9, 2010 by oliospx
Categories: Updates

Keys to the Greenhouseis a sculptural piece currently being worked on for the biennial exhibition of Shapeshifter in Wellington which opens on Friday 26th February 2010.  This is Wellington’s pre-eminent outdoor sculpture exhibition, a key visual arts feature of the New Zealand International Arts Festival.

Featuring more than 80 works by leading and emerging New Zealand artists, shapeshifter is an exciting fusion of contemporary outdoor and indoor sculpture, set amongst the striking venues of the beautiful Civic Gardens and TheNewDowse.

Picnickers are welcome with music events, guided tours and evening openings planned. All works are for sale, with proceeds going to local charities.