Shows Signs of Life

sculpture by Bill Hay

The works in Bill Hay Shows Signs of Life are return to the imagery of gateway signs which Bill Hay created as oil paintings during 2001 - 2002.

Art Exhibition previously on at fortyfivedownstairs in Australia.
From Tuesday 13 October 2009 to Saturday 24 October 2009

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Published by fortyfivedownstairs on Friday 09 October 2009.
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The signs were used as a means of making pictures about the worsening refugee crisis as well as drawing attention to the striking visual image this mix of Rotary,Apex and Lions club insignias have on us as we enter a country town or suburban area.

The project started off as a way for Hay to re-create some of his paintings from that time in a sculptural form, but they fairly soon developed a life force of their own. Since that time Hay has moved on to other signs, some of which we encounter each day and some which we should encounter …. if in fact they existed in the real world.

The signs are painted on steel and then the multiple parts are arranged into a sculptural configuration. Other signs work as
stand alone pictures and although painted on plasma-cut steel, they work in the same way as a conventional painting.

The signs allow Hay to play with language from time to time, without diminishing the fact that he is still making visual art. As the title for the exhibition indicates, there are double meanings sprinkled through the show, some serious and others humorous.

fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000

Tue – Fri 11am to 5pm, Sat 12pm to 5pm
free admission