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Melbourne Art Fair opens with "fragments from the fertile zone of consciousness''

The 2014 Melbourne Art Fair — the biggest commercial art fair in the country — kicks off  tonight at the Royal Exhibition Building.

A work(above) by Sydney sculptor Mikala Dwyer called The weight of shape (2014), was unveiled there this morning. The sculpture was commissioned by the Melbourne Art Foundation and is on show at the Art Fair until Sunday August 17 and will then be gifted to the the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

Organisers say the work is “a physical demonstration of thought patterns: at once geometric and organic; synthetic and natural; opaque and translucent; slick and porous; flat and voluptuous; at some moments static and then unexpectedly and uncontrollably mobile”.

The weight of shape provides the audience with the opportunity to explore the interior of the mind and physically negotiate and rearrange the distinct departments of thinking. The swinging objects can be understood as fragments from the fertile zone of consciousness”.

The materials used in its creation include fibreglass, copper, ceramic, bronze, brass, stainless steel, steel and rope.

The Melbourne Art Foundation Artist Commission is awarded biannually for an installation created by an Australian artist. Previous artist commissions including Ian Burns (2012), Jon Campbell (2010), Peter Hennessey (2008), David Griggs (2008) and Michael Parekowhai (2006).

The Melbourne Art Fair opens tonight at the official “vernissage” (private viewing) event and will open to the the public from tomorrow,  August 14 until Sunday, August 17. About 70 private galleries from Australia and Asia are showing — and hopefully selling — their artists’ work during the four day event.


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