Sen’s Modernist Post Structures

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Walk right in by Sen McGlinn in the Whangarei Quarry Gardens, New Zealand. Oct-Nov 2015.

 

1019_1415walkriOne 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 1019_1413walkrisculpture, 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.

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Spin-off by Sen McGlinn, in the Wharepuke Sculpture Gardens, Kerikeri, New Zealand.
On show until September 2016.

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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. 0109_1536c_spinoff

 

 

Works in
the Modernist Post Series:

Every Angle, 2014
Lemon Squeezer + Domino theory, 2014
Walk Right In, 2015
Spin-off, 2015

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Monastery gardens Sculpture + Land art Show

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Detail of Memorials, ceramic tiles + a text

Detail of of our work, Memorials, ceramic tiles + a text

Sen cleans the tiles on our work Memorials with a sculpture by Theo van Keulen beyond

Sen cleans the tiles on our work Memorials with a sculpture by Theo van Keulen beyond

Opening: 14 June 2015, at 12.15 in the outdoor chapel in the gardens, Wittem klooster (Wittem Monastery), Wittemer Allee 32, 6286 AB, Wittem, The Netherlands

Wittem (google maps) is 15 km east of Maastricht, 15 km west of Aachen and 10 south-west of Heerlen.

“Verhalen + Herinneringen” (stories + memories) Sculpture in the gardens
curated by Ben van Kollenburg

14 June – 23 august, open daily.

De zomerexpositie 2015 wordt geopend op zondag 14 juni om 12.15 uur bij de openluchtkapel in de kloostertuin.

Van 14 juni t/m 23 augustus vindt er in de tuin van klooster Wittem de Zomerexpositie 2015 plaats. Het thema van deze jaarlijks terugkerende expositie is gebaseerd op ‘Verhalen en herinneringen’ .

Overal worden verhalen vertelt, ook in kloosters. Maar verhalen werden daar ook geboren. Verhalen die voort vloeiden uit voorwerpen, tradities en herinneringen. Religieuze maar ook algemene verhalen. Over het ontstaan en de geschiedenis van het kloosterleven. Over de (ge)bouwen en de bewoners. Over de ambachtelijke activiteiten zoals het brouwen van bier of het maken van kaas. Over Patroonheiligen en andere heiligen. Over bedevaarten en over de diensten die kloosters aan zieken en arme mensen verleenden. Zo heeft ieder klooster z’n eigen verhalen.

Zo ook Klooster Wittem. Over het ontstaan van de bedevaartbezoeken, de zorg en de functie van de kloostertuin, over de schitterende kapellen en over de prachtige bibliotheek, die herinnert aan de tijd dat Klooster Wittem seminarie was en opleidingsinstituut voor de redemptoristen. Alles heeft z’n verhaal, z’n herinnering en wordt op eigen wijze herdacht.

Door verhalen en herinneringen zijn de exposanten van Zomerexpositie 2015 geïnspireerd. Omdat iedere kunstenaar op eigen wijze beeld geeft aan zijn of haar inspiraties zal tijdens de Zomerexpositie 2015 naast installaties ook beelden, sculpturen en objecten te zien zijn, bestaande uit diverse materialen als metaal, hout, keramiek en vergankelijke materialen. Dit jaar wordt ook het TBC-huisje actief betrokken bij de expositie.

Kunstenaars | Artists
Theo van Keulen | Godelief Geurts | Marleen Rijvers | Marijke Strijbosch | Zjuul Devens | Els Borgers | Sonja van Kerkhoff | Sen McGlinn | Tatjana Brock | Lène Bueters | Carola Mokveld | Pollie Gregoor | Roosje Chini | Thea van Herpt | Marjolein Markink

A multi-vision mediation – new installations

Multi-vision Mediation by Carmen + Sonja. Three screens showing the video "In the Lands of Knowledge" with branches from Chateau Bethlehem in Maastricht.

Multi-vision Mediation by Carmen + Sonja. Three screens showing the video “In the Lands of Knowledge” with branches from Chateau Bethlehem in Maastricht.

“A multi-vision meditation” is the working title for a new video installation by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff for the LIS-VHS-FE event.

Niek Hilkmann and Sandra Gnajtovic have made two new films using VHS and the evening will be a Leiden International Short -VHS- Festival Experience with a premiere of their new VHS films, plus a showing of Sonja’s VHS films made in the 1990’s and Carmen’s performance “Through the Window” which incorporates Hitchcock’s film “Rear Window” on VHS.

Still from "Transit in a green landscape" by Sen + Sonja with a detail of Sonja's work "Inland Soul at Sea"

Still from “Transit in a green landscape” by Sen + Sonja with a detail of Sonja’s work “Inland Soul at Sea”. Watch the 7 minute video on Youtube.


Elsewhere in the Aalmarkt Studio will be two site specific installations by Carmen and Sonja. One incorporating some of the Leiden International Short Festival Experience films and another which combines Sonja’s 2006 video “In The Lands of Knowledge” with branches recycled from the Land Art Maastricht event Sen and Sonja participated in May.

PROGRAMME

7 June, 2013
Aalmarkt 15B, Leiden

20-22:30

Carmen’s performance starts at 9 p.m.

Sonja’s videos and the site specific installations will run continuously from 8 p.m. onwards.

“Oratory at Tahora,” sculpture / land art

Sculpture made out of dead tree branches and wood by Sen McGlinn + Sonja van KerkhoffThis is one of the sculptures we made for Tahora High-country International Sculpture on Kerry Turner’s sheep farm.

Sculpture of 9 seats in a circle covered by 5 branches by Sen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff

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Detail: Teachers and children from Marco school try out the seats by Sen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff.A circle of nine seats made out of the remains from a wood chopping competition underneath the shade of five branches collected from dead trees.

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Land Art Maastricht, The Netherlands

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.

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.

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.

Video installation / sculpture out of recycled materials

Viewed from above: a sculpture / video installation made from recycled materials on Jan 31st in Puke Ariki, New Plymouth.

Viewed from above: a sculpture / video installation made from recycled materials
on Jan 31st in Puke Ariki, New Plymouth.

Sen and Sonja were in New Plymouth, Aotearoa / New Zealand, to participate in the 4th SCANZ residency at WITT (The Western Institute of Technology Taranaki). Their project was to create a sculptural form for the 5 video work “Kāinga a roto” using recycled materials as much as could be possible. Thanks to use of Ans’ camper we were able to transport the leftover recycled wood from our Rotorua project. The wood for the arches was recycled from the Govett-Brewster Gallery undergoing renovations, and most of the cardboard came from a construction site.

Thanks to the help of many and the use of the WITT workshop, it was finished in time for the opening on Feb 2nd, in Puke Ariki (the Taranaki museum of natural history + ethnology) in New Plymouth.
More about this work as well as images of the finished work is here >>
 

The RAVE furniture

Jam Session on Jan 13th in Rotorua. Barry (on the reject seat to the right of the Table seat) Don (on the macrapapa seat) and Anna (on the retro bench).

Jam Session on Jan 13th in Rotorua. Barry (on the “Reject” seat, so called, because it had borer in the wood) to the right of the “Table” seat) Don (on the “Macrapapa” seat) and Anna (on the “Retro” bench).

Sen’s art residency was to create new stuff out of old wood or old furniture donated by the citizens of Rotorua.
Sen flanked by a musician and a yoga practitioner

Sen flanked by a musician and a yoga practitioner


Here are the results of this. For the Jan 13th Hot Lakes Craft Fair we took the chairs outside and a jam session ensued courtesy of Don C (on Martin guitar), Anna on ukelele, and Barry on harmonica.

Sen’s proposal was to make a sculptural gazebo or temple form from diverse seats a bit like the June 2012 project however in response to the wood we ended up with, we made furniture (Sonja made the “Macrapapa” seat and Sen made all the other items. In the end 9 seats (benches or chairs) and one vanity were created.

>> The blog about Sen’s first three chairs
>> Sen’s proposal with illustrations
>> Our final project at RAVE: The exhibition, “Portraits of the Spirit – Ngā Whakaahua o te Wairua”