Gomboc Gallery was established in 1982 Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park
Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park is one of the oldest privately owned galleries in Western Australia. Established 1982 in the Swan Valley on 4.5 hectares with sculpture grounds that are a continuous work in progress.

The indoor Gallery provides five large exhibition spaces to exhibit established and emerging artists of all disciplines. A new major exhibition is mounted each month, featuring the works of an individual artist or group and the extensive stock display is regularly revised, thereby providing a stimulating display of diverse Fine Art.

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Gomboc Gallery 34th Annual Sculpture Survey Exhibition

11 June – 2 July 2017

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Works from the Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Survey, 2017
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THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

Sculptures impress at annual exhibit

William Yeoman
Friday, 23 June 2017 8:37AM

Sculpture Survey 2017 — 34th Annual Exhibition
Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park
Middle Swan

Impressive but never imposing large-scale sculptures inhabit Ron and Terrie Gomboc’s Sculpture Park all year round like grazing fabulous beasts.

But once a year the spacious indoor galleries are given over to showcasing smaller works by Australian and international sculptors.

These works, this year including pieces by established artists such as Gomboc himself, others by recent graduates such as Reija Lee Thomas, are important not merely because of their intrinsic worth. Their smaller sizes and prices and attractiveness lend them to fostering an appreciation of sculpture as an art form in the broader public, through being ideally suited to domestic interiors and private gardens.

This is not to characterise them as being merely decorative. There is some gritty, uncompromising work here, such as Norton Flavel’s cold-cast bronzes Iron Grip and Rock-up, the playful punning of whose titles belie their tough, elemental forms, textures and colours.

These qualities can also be found in May Ali’s mixed media works Beyond the Surface #1 and #2, which draw their inspiration from bare brick and roughly rendered walls — cracked surfaces carry the memories of successive layers of paint.

By contrast there are Sang-Sug Kim’s smooth figurative forms in white and pink and black granite and bronze, The Place Where a Heart Stays, and Ayad Alqaragholli’s attenuated figures of man and beast in silicon bronze playfully balancing on a hoop or the back of a chair, Buddy and Companion.

Sharon Callow: Tableau
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Masaya Daito: Green
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There are fine, larger abstract works. Some are not so much semi-representational as articulating familiar, if not familial, ideas. Gomboc’s Plus Two in Corten weathering steel, in which three forms — mother bird and two offspring — are reduced to undulating essentials, is a case in point. On the other hand, Haruyuki Uchida’s beautiful Embrace and Stationary Shape, in stainless steel and brass or rock, explore formal and metaphorical concepts using a harsher geometry.

Then there are those fun yet serious works that invite extended contemplation, such as Michael Le Grand’s witty, bendy painted steel pieces Betwixt and Bollard and Masaya Daito’s Green and Black and White, which fuse molten glass bottles to create strangely sensual shapes.

There are paintings, too, by such luminaries as Robert Juniper, which are displayed together with sculptures, as one might find them in a home. But with this exhibition, which also features works by Sharon Callow, Kensuke Todo, Bev Iles, Philippa O’Brien and Nien Schwarz, the Gombocs are essentially feeling contemporary sculpture’s pulse and finding it in very rude health indeed.

Sculpture Survey 2017 - 34th Annual Exhibition is on until July 2.



GALLERY ONE
ARTISTS DISPLAYED:
Michael Le Grand, Koichi Ogino
Mitsui Takeuchi, Keizo Ushio

 

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GALLERY ONE
ARTISTS DISPLAYED:
Mac Betts, Craig Gough
Juliet Stone, R.M. Gomboc


GALLERY TWO
ARTISTS DISPLAYED:
Yoshio Nitta, Jean-Pierre Rives
Phil Spelman


GALLERY TWO
ARTISTS DISPLAYED:
Haruyuki Uchida, Craig Gough
Mary Knott, Nigel Hewitt


GALLERY THREE
ARTISTS DISPLAYED:
Ayad Alqaragholli, Andrew Kay,
Denise Pepper, Lorraine Sutherland


GALLERY THREE
ARTISTS DISPLAYED:
R.M. Gomboc, Madeleine Clear,
Bob Colcutt, Mac Betts, Inta Goddard


GALLERY FOUR
ARTISTS DISPLAYED:
Sang-Wook Oh, Sung-Jae Jang,
Se-Moon Oh, Je-Sung Oh, Ok-Jai Seo,
Young-Ho Joo , Dr Riyadh Matwq,
Aws Al Jead


GALLERY FOUR
ARTISTS DISPLAYED:
Geoffrey Bartlett , Margaret Woodward,
Juliet Stone, Dean Bowen
Craig Gough, Miik Green
Robert Juniper


GALLERY UPSTAIRS
ARTISTS DISPLAYED:
Dean Bowen, Lou Lambert,
Albie Herbert, Andrew Kay,
Brian Richard Taylor,
Maris Raudzins


GALLERY UPSTAIRS
ARTISTS DISPLAYED:
R.M. Gomboc, Norma MacDonald,
Bjorn Dolva, Madeleine Clear
Margaret Woodward, Ian R. Hill
Brian Richard Taylor
       

 

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