Place of Contemplation

1984 - 1985

The structure on Mt. Nelson evolved directly from the paintings and prints, but the wall has been replaced by the ground as the base plane and the dimensions increased; thus enabling the viewer to actually, rather than mentally, enter. There is still the exploration between real and illusionary space involving the viewer in a 'game of magic' but on a totally different scale. There are strong connections with the exhibition 'A Place of contemplation - architectural attitudes to space' (curated in 1983); particularly in the related works which seek to highlight aspects of the decision making process in the determining of place and the articulation of space. The exercise was extended three dimensionally. Furthermore, the work reflects a long standing interest in architecture generally; and specifically funerary earthworks and religious structures, as well as the visual vocabulary which reduces the structure to a two dimensional flat-projection. The 'Place of Contemplation' and related works were dedicated to the memory of his father who died in 1984.


Place of Contemplation


‘1-82’ 1983, screen-print on paper, Print Council of Australia Member Print 1983, 50.5 x 37.5 ‘Place of Contemplation model’ 1983, mixed media, scale 1:10, 33 x 30 x 30 ‘Place of Contemplation’ 1884-6, Mount Nelson, Tasmania, Mixed media, 330 x 300 x 300, dedicated to Dismas M Zika, 1909 – 1984 ‘Place of Contemplation’ 1884-6, Mount Nelson, Tasmania, Mixed media, 330 x 300 x 300, dedicated to Dismas M Zika, 1909 – 1984 ‘Place of Contemplation’ 1884-6, Mount Nelson, Tasmania, Mixed media, 330 x 300 x 300, dedicated to Dismas M Zika, 1909 – 1984 ‘Place of Contemplation’ 1884-6, Mount Nelson, Tasmania, Mixed media, 330 x 300 x 300, dedicated to Dismas M Zika, 1909 – 1984 ‘Place of Contemplation’ 1884-6, Mount Nelson, Tasmania, Mixed media, 330 x 300 x 300, dedicated to Dismas M Zika, 1909 – 1984 ‘Place of Contemplation’ 1884-6, Mount Nelson, Tasmania, Mixed media, 330 x 300 x 300, dedicated to Dismas M Zika, 1909 – 1984