Greg Johns wins 2012 McClelland Sculpture Award

November 18, 2012

Hotham Street Contemporary warmly congratulates Greg Johns for winning this year's coveted McClelland Sculpture Award with his striking work At the centre (There is Nothing).

Judged by Deborah Edwards, Senior Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Greg's work was selected from an outstanding field of 35 finalists to take the $100,000 acquisitive award.

Since its debut in 2003, the McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award has emerged as Australia's most prominent and prestigious outdoor sculpture award. Displayed throughout the beautifully expansive bush and landscaped setting of the McClelland Sculpture Park the finalists, selected from over 200 entries, present an eclectic and impressive exhibition of sculpture and installation in a diverse range of mediums by both established and emerging artists. The curators of the exhibition have done an amazing job to give each of the works its own perfect setting, making the walk through one of wonder and delight.

Greg Johns' sculpture has developed and evolved dramatically over the last thirty years. His work consciously reaches out to 'big picture' themes, but the viewing platform has been constructed amongst Australia's flora and fauna. Johns reads beneath the surface of the Australian landscape. Visual elements of the landscape ignite feelings to inspire work, but it is that which cannot be seen, beneath the surface which produces the forms that are of interest to him. Johns investigates the psychological side of landscape, where interior and exterior are connected, both having a role to play.

The circular mandalic form of 'At The Centre (There Is Nothing)' can be taken as the ideal metaphor to approach and appreciate Johns' work. it can be entered at any point and run in either direction and it signposts the polarities in the artist's work which create a sense of dialogue between the particular and the general.

Greg says "My aim overall is to make significant sculpture, contemporary in terms of the ever changing notions it employs, but also timeless in feel and form."

It was an honour to be with Greg at the award announcement, and to share in this well deserved win.

All 35 finalists sculptures will be on display at the McClelland Sculpture Park in Langwarrin, Victoria, until July 14, 2013.

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