Top Art Exhibition - Sculpture

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Augusto Bernardi, Burnside High School 

My plans for 2013:

I plan to continue doing art in 2013 in all my spare time, for I plan to work this year.

Information about my work: 'Carnage'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I like scary sculptures: sculptures that make you uncomfortable, disgusted and scared, so that was how I got the ideas for my folio.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

I think that one of the highpoints was the atmosphere I managed to get across in my work.

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Benjamin Torres Molina, Wellington High School 

My plans for 2013:

Attending Massey School of Fine Arts.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

The theme is to allude to processes, The works physically represent not an idea, but the amount of time put into the process of thinking and planning the idea. This way you obtain very simple things such as burning cubes, which only requires cutting cubes, setting them alight, wait for ash, and the process is complete. As for simultaneous drips of paint to linger together, this requires a much bigger chain of thought and planning - What drips paint? Where will the paint drip out of? How will it distribute itself correctly? etc.

Although the works vary in timing of the process of thinking and planning, they all depict a process so simple that the viewer is not provoked to ask themselves, how does this work, instead it becomes only a process of viewing, rather than answering the questions made by the process of creating the object.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

  • Technique: repetition.
  • Materials: all recycled materials.
  • Processes: making errors but not fixing, leaving time after completion so the idea would change with over-observation.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

When you think you know what you're doing, you have made your first mistake.

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Bill Ko, Westlake Boys' High School 

My plans for 2013:

In 2013 I will be studying a Bachelor of Architectural Studies at the University of Auckland.

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Ideas / Concepts / Themes

The main theme of my work is disease. I developed my ideas by exploring the way in which disease can spread and how we try to protect ourselves from it.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Materials used include paint, cotton string and crayons.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

Low points:

  • I got told off by my teacher for being lazy.
  • I spent $72.50 on materials.

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Claudia Morris, Wellington East Girls' College 

My plans for 2013:

I am going to AUT to study fine arts.

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Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I am concerned with conserving our environment, so I started looking at ideas around global warming, what causes it and how it affects our world. I made safe places for things like ice bergs and glaciers out of jars and bottles. I was interested in the idea of snow globes, which are perfect little worlds that never change because they are not affected by the outside world. I developed this idea by creating interior space I could go inside of and be protected. My later works actively included the viewer inside the work.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I made an effort to use recycled materials that I could take apart and reuse again, like wood, wire, paper and cloth.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

While creating my portfolio I experienced a number of interactive contemporary art works in art galleries. These encouraged me to experiment with including the viewer inside my work to help communicate the meaning.

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Felixe Laing, Espom Girls' Grammar School 

My plans for 2013:

Fine arts degree at University of Auckland (Elam).

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Ideas / Concepts / Themes

This body of work really began by experimenting with materials and techniques and looking at how attitudes to clothing have changed. Fashion has become increasingly 'disposable'. I took inspiration from paper dresses from the 60s and people's treatment of clothes today. From these starting points I became interested in using donated materials and recycling - making something old into something new.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I was looking at translating sewing and craft techniques from a traditional fabric/clothing context onto other, less traditional materials, such as paper.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

That is a big question for a small space. I really focused on my passion for soft materials and sewing/traditional craft techniques. I'm really excited about making more work with a similar focus.

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Gado Shiu, Westlake Girls' High School 

My plans for 2013:

I am going to study at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.

Information about my work: 'Chinese Culture'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I had mistaken my nationality as English, because in the past Hong Kong was dominated by England. After I realised that I am Chinese, I started to learn more about Chinese culture, which initiated ideas to develop and the exploration of materials and images from China.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Wax, china, red string, sandalwood.

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Jessica Robins, Espom Girls' Grammar School 

My plans for 2013:

Elam School of Fine Arts - Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Information about my work: 'Excavation'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I began my body of work cutting into stacks of paper in various ways. They evoked excavation sites and I began to explore the concept of the excavation the self. I attempted to explore through my work the idea of perception versus reality - how we perceive others and ourselves, and how we present ourselves. Who are we, really?

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I used my strength in photography and worked from there - printing out photographs in stacks and cutting into each sheet. I focused on clothing - shown on the subjects and in my later works off the body.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

My photography board followed a similar path, however on that board I focused on my twin as the main subject and I used myself for the sculpture board. It was interesting seeing how I ended up distorting my image so significantly. I wish I could have explored each different process more in depth, as I feel as though I only skimmed the surface.

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Lyu Ishizuka, Burnside High School 

My plans for 2013:

I will either continue my career as a dancer, or most probably study fine arts or fashion in Tokyo, Japan.

Information about my work: 'P54-N*Yo5TKlly^'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I was always interested in genetic modification and the science of DNA etc. Also, being an identical twin I am fascinated with the genetics and the look of people when two genes mix. Through this thought and process I created my theme and concepts. But as the process went on they started to change for both the good and the bad.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I wanted to mix new conceptual ways of sculpture-making and the traditional process of sculpture. So I tried using clay and painting it and then using LED lights with it to create a range at sculptures. A lot of my materials were linked to water and sea life, etc.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

At times I was stuck with the path I was going to take next. So I had a few ideas at the same time. I thought of the process of making these ideas into works and I decided on the ideas that I thought had the best potential to become work.

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Timothy McLaughlin, Burnside High School 

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Tommy Jiang, Westlake Boys' High School 

My plans for 2013:

I will be attending the University of Auckland, doing a Bachelor of Fine Arts. I look forward to attending Elam and becoming a fine arts student.

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Ideas / Concepts / Themes

It is about how negative space relates to positive shapes. I started with simple materials and the study of shapes. The idea grew to filling negative space in weird angles, capturing odd negative shapes. It later developed into a study of how things mould, using fills and casts to create the 'unseen' negative space.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I mainly used casting, filling and moulding as techniques but with different materials. I was interested in the beginning by round shapes and how they fit in a space like a kid's ball pit. I also played around with casting/filling natural shapes and more rigid control, resulting in more inorganic shapes.

Materials: plaster of Paris, polystyrene balls, balloons, hundreds and thousands.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

Highlights were definitely moments of breakthrough and enlightenment when something went right.

Low points were the struggle of making large scale sculptures and controlling materials.

 

 
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