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Norma Redpath at Sydney

— Saturday 9th February 2019

Sydney (Gallery) exhibits Norma Redpath's bronze sculptures dating from the 60s-80s alongside contemporary Vienna-based artist Martyn Reynolds.

An exhibition that seeks to highlight fabrication and visual similarities between the generations, as well as promote important sculptural work of Australian women artists. 
Norma Redpath (1928-2013) lived and worked in Melbourne most of her life and completed numerous large scale public sculpture commissions, chiefly in bronze, across Australia.  Included in this exhibition is a group of small bronze works (bronzetti) made in the 1960s while she was in Italy, as well as a group of later works, all of which were envisioned to be realised on a monumental scale.

For the exhibition in Sydney I will present aluminum wall sculptures as well as collages
made from cardboard and plastic bags. The aluminum wall sculptures are cast from wooden
forms in a foundry south of Vienna, Austria; a fourth generation family foundry dedicated to
artistic production. In making these works I’m inspired by the long tradition in Vienna
(including up to the present day) of sculptural reliefs made for the adornment of urban
buildings - public buildings, social housing and corporate towers.
In general, I love a certain strand of 20th Century Art that looks for essential forms that
associate with the ancient or pre-historic as well as fantasy and sci-fi; forms that are rich in
association but have no specific context. These practices come from a search for a shared
human practice and experience, and connote a belief in a kind of international humanism that
is hard to discuss or depict these days. I see my work extending from this starting point.
- Martyn Reynolds

Exhibition Dates: 9 February - 9 March, 2019

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Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.