James Parrett - ARC

Sculptor James Parrett’s career is on the ascent; in 2012 he was awarded a major, $400,000 commission for the Australian War Memorial in Canberra through the Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Memorial. He has been invited to be a finalist four times each for Victoria’s two most prestigious competitions - the McClelland Contemporary Sculpture Award, and the Montalto Winery Sculpture Prize.

Art Exhibition previously on at Gould Galleries in Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 04 September 2013 to Saturday 05 October 2013
Launch Thursday 12 September 2013, 6-8pm

Arc - exhibition installation, various works 2013 image M-twentytwo (remix)  2013 image M-twentythree  2013 image M-thirtyone  2013 image M-thirty  2013 image M-thirtytwo  2013 image M-twentynine  2013 image M-twentyeight  2013 image M-twentyseven  2013 image

Published by Gould Galleries on Wednesday 21 August 2013.
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Parrett lives and works in Melbourne, holds a B.A in sculpture from Monash University, Melbourne (1998) and Honours in Sculpture from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2002).

His works are held in many notable collections including the High Court of Australia, Monash University, Morry Fraid Collection and BMW Australia.

James will be available for interviews and studio visits in Melbourne. Please contact Gould Galleries for a high-res version of the attached image files.

Like all of my sculptures, this new body of work is concerned with the aesthetic potential of the circular form – it’s starting point. I strive to challenge and defy the viewer’s expectations, creating visual intrigue with my shapes and the points of intersection between lines and curves.

One of the main focal points when creating the original models for this show was movement and how that can be conceived within my own sculptural style. It is important that the works flow but create a subtle awkward tension at the same time. To achieve this I have tried to create a balance (or harmony) between a slick finish and a controlled mess – I certainly don’t want anything to be too perfect.

I have always been able to achieve the use of negative space within my work and creating different aspects around the work so one sculpture can look extremely different from every angle, as well as in different light. I feel it’s paramount that the works maintain a sense of fun and playfulness.

Influences are important, however subliminal – some of the elements are:

- The ocean, more specifically waves. As a surfer I love nothing more than sitting behind the break feeling how powerful and peaceful they can be.

- My time in Japan. I lived in a down town area of Tokyo and the controlled mess that I used to see in the infrastructure and lifestyle when I went for evening walks amazed me.

- Skateboarding. I have been skating since I was eight years old and ramps and different planes/curves that can be ridden have always fascinated me.

- Graffiti. Again this is something I have had a passion for since a young age (I used to be in a graffiti gang in primary school in west Hobart called West Side Artists) but have never actually been very good at it. My sculptures are a way for me to use some forms and shapes that I find appealing in Graffiti.

Finally and most importantly, the only way for me to make a successful sculpture is to have an emotional attachment to it. Without that investment I feel like I am just going through the motions. There has to be something inspiring that grabs me and starts the process – some kind of passion. The excitement of sitting there making the new models for this body of work is what keeps me coming back to make more.