Artist statement

“My practice is built on a pattern of image making that aims at placing us within a deepening perspective in relation to the natural world. To do so I seek out the unseen things hidden between the layers of repetition and duplication in nature. I look to embed my work with the rhythm or pulse that connects us to everything else. This state of mind is key to a language which in articulation looks to break nature open and clothe it in it’s environment.

My way is to pursue a robust delicacy that invites temporal qualities to occupy the work. In keeping with this approach, the lost wax metal casting process has formed a practical mainstay as it affords me a reliable shorthand with which to record the poetry of form in space.

To make sculpture is to hover over risk, perceive and enter worlds of scaleless plasticity.”

Michael Mandelc
2012

about the artist

Michael Mandelc is an internationally-collected artist whose career spans over two decades. He initially learnt technique and his approach to sculpture from two of Henry Moore’s assistants, Alan Ingham and Stephen Walker O.A. His language was developed within the atelier and near the furnace, though is driven by the natural world. Michael Mandelc currently works out of his studio situated at the edge of World Heritage listed National Park in the Blue Mountains, N.S.W. Australia.

BIOGRAPHY
EXHIBITIONS

2012   Lost Bear Gallery, Blue Mountains, NSW – ‘Poetry of Form in Nature’
2012   Lost Bear Gallery, Blue Mountains, NSW – ‘Inspired by Nature’
2011   Katoomba Fine Art Gallery, Blue Mountains, NSW – ‘Bird Flower’
2007   Katoomba Fine Art Gallery, Blue Mountains, NSW – ‘Bird Garden’
2005   Katoomba Fine Art Gallery, Blue Mountains, NSW – ‘Bird Line’
2004   Vanessa Wood Fine Art, Mosman, Sydney, NSW – Selected Works
2003   ‘Big Five’ Dubai International Design Fair, Dubai, UAE – Selected Works
2002   DesignEx, Melbourne, VIC – Selected Works
1997   Vanessa Wood Fine Art, Mosman, Sydney, NSW – Selected Works
1992   Barry Stern, Woollahra, Sydney, NSW – Selected Works
1991   Bridge Street Gallery, Woollahra, Sydney, NSW – Selected Works
1989   Eddie Glastra, Paddington, Sydney, NSW – Selected Works

COMMISSIONS

2011  ‘Drover’s Wife Award’ Henry Lawson Festival of the Arts (16th consecutive year), NSW
2004  ‘Circe’ MHM Australasia, Sydney, NSW
2003  ‘Kinetic Sculpture’ Bondi Junction Mall, Waverly council, Sydney, NSW
2000  ‘Edwin Flack’ Award Sydney Olympics, NSW
2000  ‘Twin Crosses’ St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, NSW
1999  ‘Fusion’ BOC Corporate Headquarters, Sydney, NSW
1997  ‘The Dancer’ Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW
1996   ‘Flight Form I’ Qantas First Class Lounge, Sydney, NSW
1996  ‘City of the Arts Award’ Arts Ministry, Sydney, NSW
1995  ‘Olle Award’ Royal Australian Chemical Institute, NSW
1995  ‘Waiting for Spring’ Lillianfels Hotel, Blue Mountains, NSW
1990  ‘Menage et Tois’ Morgan’s Hotel, Sydney, NSW

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