Walk right in by Sen McGlinn in the Whangarei Quarry Gardens, New Zealand. Oct-Nov 2015.
One of my sculptural interests is large outdoor works that can be entered and seen from the inside out. These works are sculptures on the scale of buildings, or buildings that use the visual vocabulary of sculpture, rather than the language of architecture. As a sculpture, ‘Walk right in’ responds to the Russian modernist work known as ‘Tatlin’s tower,’ and Hossein Amanat’s Azadi monument. As a building, it demonstrates a technique for creating dynamic spaces in wood, with an effect completely different to the static effect of standard timber framing. The material is high quality Pinus radiata, with MCA treatment (an environmentally preferred product replacing tanalising). So the work is also a reminder of the important role of P. radiata in the New Zealand Northland economy, and a thank-you to those who have developed better cultivars, management plans and treatments.
My sculpture practice lies somewhere between micro-architecture and
autonomous sculpture, as I am interested in creating internal spaces
as well as surfaces and shadows. A sculpture can be as well designed
as a building / a building can be as sculptural as a work of art.
I’ve been working on a series of built sculptures that I call modernist post structures, using reciprocal frame structures as a sculptural form, and common fencing and farming supplies as a material. The repeated sloping pattern of the elements and the constant measurements make for a dynamic space, both inside and around the work.
the Modernist Post Series:
Every Angle, 2014
Lemon Squeezer + Domino theory, 2014
Walk Right In, 2015
13 May 2013, Day 4
Reinier van der Meer starts to build his sculpture at Land Art Maastricht while in front of the Chateau Hans Vernooij + Johannes Gérard worked on a site specific intervention in the middle of the lawn.
Reinier van der Meer’s sculpture in progress viewed from the east of the Chateau grounds.
Sonja irons trash at Land Art Maastricht.
First they arranged for a circular area to be left ‘blank’ by the groundsmen.
And then they wheeled wheelbarrows of twigs and branches.
Meanwhile Sen continued to add branches to our arabesque dome while I got out the ironing board and finished ironing Carmen’s trash.
Then I laid the “Carmen” flower out in the moat.
Sonja litters with art in the chateau moat.
To Day 5.
12 May 2013, Land Art Maastricht, Day 3
The potato eaters at Chateau Bethlehem, Willem Fermont (left) and Guido Ancion (right) prepare the ground
for Willem’s installation “Einstein’s Jaarringen” (Einstein’s Growth Rings).
Site specific (Tree Slices) installation in progress by Guido Ancion at Land Art Maastricht, 12 May 2013
“Tama” a floating flower form made out of plastic donated by Tama McGlinn.
After the radio interview for “Timo à la Carte” (information online in Dutch
) in the Maastricht ‘het landhuis’ an alternative space for cultural and ecological initiatives, I then set out the first ‘garbage’ flower, “Tama.” Each flower is named after the person whose plastic litter I use.
More about Land Art Maastricht is here. Go back to Day 1 on this blog or to Day 4.
11 May 2013
Sen and Sonja gave an presentation this afternoon and showed the video Transit in a green landscape. This was an intervention at the Tahora Folk Festival in Aotearoa | New Zealand. A transition of red across green incorporating five “Kaimanawa” horses. More about this happening is here or watch the 7 minute video on Youtube.
We weren’t able to do much more to our ‘arabesque dome’ (our working title) because of the rain and so Sonja got the iron out and started to iron the litter she’d collected. See Day three for more.
Sen and Sonja start a new sculpture in the grounds of Chateau Bethlehem, for Land Art Maastricht.
22 artists from seven countries came to work for 9 days to make site specific sculptures in the grounds of Chateau Bethlehem, which is currently used by as a campus for the Maastricht Hotel School.
See the website for a listing of the artists
Between 4 and 6 each afternoon are artist presentations.
Today Johannes Gérard (Berlin) and Paul Hoftijzer (NL) presented their work.
To day two >>
Sen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff check at the location for their contribution to the first Land Art Maastricht. They will build a structure using felled wood in the grounds near this location.
Photo: Jacqueline Wassen.
Detail of Chateau Bethlehem showing the moat where Sonja will make a floating object out of recycled materials.
Between May 9 and 20th Sen and Sonja will be based in Maastricht, The Netherlands, where they will make new work for the first “Land Art Maastricht
” symposium. 25 artists were selected by the organizers to make site specific sculpture in the grounds of the castle mansion, “Chateau Bethelem”.
The Chateau Bethelem building is used by the Hotel Management School. Founded in 1950, with over 1100 students from around Europe they offer bachelors and masters degrees in Hotel Management at this school.
There’s an official opening on May 17th at 3 p.m. and the works remain on show until May 20th.
Still from The Moving Heart
Te Ngākau Nekeneke
3 min. 34 second video, 2010
by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Music: Whānau Mārama
by Toroa Pohatu
Aotearoa | New Zealand
All events are in at RAVE
, 1240 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
Art is Worship
Sunday: 6 Jan, 2013, 10 – 11 a.m.
a meditation of visuals (of mainly our own work) + sound + music for one hour in Wolhmann House (back entrance to RAVE). Followed by refreshments.
9 Jan, 7:30 p.m. “Videos, Installations and Sculpture”
Sonja van Kerkhoff gives a show and tell of some recent art projects in Europe + the U.S. Potluck BBQ + dinner from 6 onwards. http://www.sonjavank.com
12 Jan, 1 p.m. “Learn how to make a website in wordpress or how to make a Facebook group” – Bring your own laptop or take notes on paper.
13 Jan, 1 p.m. “Caravan from Istanbul” – performance by Sonja van Kerkhoff with her origami herd. More about the Caravan is here
The monthly Hot Lakes Craft Fair is also on at RAVE Jan. 13th, from 10 to 2 p.m.
Sen and Sonja will present sculpture, installations and videos, in and around studio 2.
More events from 13 Jan onwards will be announced on this page.