New Graphic Sculpture
6th October – 10th November 2012
Anna Schwartz Gallery Carriageworks
Emily Floyd’s large scale work at Anna Schwartz Gallery Sydney spells out its title through the configuration of coloured open-form steel blocks.
‘New Graphic Sculpture’ continues a long term project creating abstract spatial structures and three dimensional graphic forms utilising literary, political and theoretical writing as a point of departure. Text and elemental objects are combined using a material vocabulary that finds its lineage in alternative pedagogy such as Free-School Education, The Bauhaus and The Community Movement. This current work takes inspiration from two seemingly disparate educational forms, a coloured micro-architectural wooden block set designed during the 1920s by Bauhaus toymaker Alma Seidhoff-Buscher and a political pamphlet outlining a series of workshops for The Broad Left Conference distributed in Australia during the 1980s. These two forms of learning share in common, an autobiographic association for the artist and a design that fosters experimentation within defined structural parameters. These then new arrangements of colour, shape and form and the building frameworks for a different society both sought new knowledge and speak to modes of invention inherent in experimental contemporary practices today.
Education and knowledge are key themes in Emily’s work. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Colour Bazaar’, at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, ‘Kindness: Undarta’, Habitat Center, New Delhi, ’10 Ways to look at the Past’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and ‘Home and Away’, Australian Embassy Washington DC. Recent solo projects include exhibitions at the ‘Australian Print Workshop’ and a Building Commission for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Upcoming projects include the inaugural Ian Potter Sculpture Commission at Monash University Museum of Art and a group exhibition ‘Negotiating This World: Contemporary Australian Art’ at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Floyd’s work is held in museum collections including The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.