I am not in the habit of using the new adjective ‘cool’ to describe anything fashionable, clever, smart or sexy. I leave that to my grandchildren but I am tempted to call the work of Dinosaur Designs very cool.
An exhibition of these works line the entry to GoMA, Gallery of Modern Art at Brisbane’s Southbank. The dinosaur size plates are mounted on the wall as you walk into the gallery and you cannot help but notice them. You may have already passed the bookshop that is at the front of GoMA and noticed the very prominent positioning of smaller scale Dinosaur Designs items.
Jewellery and homewares are Dinosaur Designs stock in trade but this is not the first time they have made such big statements. For a long time the work has been expanded into total environments for special exhibitions and trade displays.
Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy who are responsible for these spheres were part of the original three who started up the company and this will give heart to many a craftsperson trying to get something up and running, they began by selling wares in the Paddington Markets in the 1980’s. They continue to focus on resin as a main medium and they tend to keep to the general primitive aesthetic, a handmade prehistoric look hence the brand name.
These eight spheres were commissioned to mark the fifth anniversary of Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and can be viewed at GoMA from October 15 to March 25, 2012.
The Director of the Queensland Art Gallery Mr Tony Ellwood said ‘We are thrilled that one of the most visible, successful and inspiring design teams in the country with a distinctively Australian design vocabulary has created this dynamic installation for GoMA’s foyer cabinet. Audiences will enter GoMA and encounter eight large, disc-shaped resin forms in a dazzling array of colours, each one measuring 1.2 metres in diameter.
Some of the spheres have a translucent background and some have opaque backgrounds, both emphasise the clarity of colours in the medium.
If I were to choose one, it would be between Solar Flare or Liquid Landscape but then Sea Garden is equally stunning…. which one would you choose?
I hope you go in to GoMA to see the brilliance of the spheres as the photos do not do them justice.
We know where they are now and where they came from and why they are here but where will they go?
The shop at GoMA has a good range of their work so call in next time you are there, but for these new works, are they destined for corporate boardrooms or will the GoMA find a way to keep them?
For further information on Queensland Art Gallery visit www.qag.qld.gov.au/dinosaurdesigns