Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.
Clive Murray-White McClelland Small Sculpture Editions
— Saturday 13th August 2022
In 2020 McClelland commissioned a series of limited-edition small sculptures by leading Australian sculptors, which will be available to collect online and through the gallery shop.
The McClelland Small Sculpture Editions are an initiative by McClelland to provide financial support for artists who are struggling with the economic burdens of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. It follows an earlier initiative to support artists in troubled times, the McClelland National Small Sculpture Awards 2020, for domestic scale works.
Eight artists were commissioned to make the limited-edition small sculptures: Beverley Meldrum; Clive Murray-White; Dominic White; Lisa Waup; Manon van Kouswijk; Narelle White; Ronnie Van Hout, and Vipoo Srivilasa.
The works are available for purchase in the gallery shop, or online by contacting Jacqui Harris, Front of House Coordinator at McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone +61 3 9789 1671
The works come with custom packaging for safe travel, artist’s certificate of authenticity, and instructions for installation where necessary.
The McClelland Small Sculpture Editions were supported by Creative Victoria through the Strategic Investment Fund.
Assisted Suiseki No. 1, 2020
Patinated bronze, steel, timber, 22.5 x 13.5 x 13.5
Edition of 6
Uk-born, Melbourne-based artist Clive Murray-White rose to prominence in the 1960s, and 1970s for his works of conceptual sculpture and performance art. From the 1990s, Murray-White transitioned away from the minimalist abstraction for which he was previously known and towards a figurative sculptural practice with marble as his principal material. The marble used in Murray-White's works is gathered from around Australia, though predominantly from Chillagoe in Northern Queensland and Gocup in New South Wales. Murray-White's practice in marble has prompted a number of major commissions, including the Alfred Felton Centenary Sculpture at the National Gallery of Victoria, Murray-White was a finalist in the McClelland National Small Sculpture Awards in 2020 for his work Assisted Suiseki: No 3.
The artist's family comes from Far East Asia, and growing up he was surrounded by artefacts primarily from Japan and China. Western trained he realised that many art concepts claimed as Western had ongoing 1,000-year-old Chinese/Japanese precedents, none more important than Gongshi and Suiseki, both meaning Scholar Rocks or "ready-mades". For the McClelland Small Sculpture Editions, The artist chose his Assisted Suiseki: No1 (essentially an altered marble "Scholar Rock") to be cast in bronze. It is intentional that viewers find their own meaning on the work, be it damaged Western antiquity or through pareidolia.