Stephen Ives Retrospective
beinArt Gallery presents a retrospective of bricolage sculptures by Stephen Ives.
The works selected cover 2011 to the present, including time he spent living, working and exhibiting in Europe as well as his recent solo exhibitions at Backwoods Gallery (Melbourne, Australia.) While his earlier work featured high-quality finishes and smooth assimilation of objects, in his later work, he has sought a more expressive, immediate style. Throughout, his concepts have remained solid, connecting the pieces in the retrospective like veins through the body.
OPENING NIGHT: Saturday, February 17, from 6–9 pm. Free entry. Stephen will be in attendance.
This exhibition runs from February 17 to March 4 and runs alongside Tim Molloy solo show, Strange Parades.
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Complimentary wine will be available at the opening. For those wanting a non-alcoholic option, we will also have drinks provided by Remedy Kombucha.
Stephen Ives (Melbourne, Australia) is a bricoleur: he creates his work from a meta pile of toys, junk, found objects, model kits and malleable extras such as polymer clays and aluminium. He organizes his ideas similarly, a collision of thoughts, feelings, current and past ideas, history and popular culture. Concepts are edited and refined and materials are collected, cut, morphed, distorted and eventually brought together in an homogenous whole that is both a thought form and a candy apple treat.
Ives was born in England in 1970 to an Australian mother and English father. He lived on the outskirts of the historic town of Lewes before coming to Australia when he was 12. Most of his childhood was spent in a large pile of Lego creating whatever he could imagine or running around on the South Downs having adventures. As a teenager, he practiced drawing as well as making model tanks and planes.
He has been practicing and exhibiting his work in Melbourne since his mid-20’s. He has also exhibited in galleries in London, Paris, Brussels, New York, Santa Fe and Copenhagen.
His work has been bought by collectors in Australia, England and Germany as well as some of the foremost art collectors in Denmark, including Christian Stadil (Thornico, Hummel Sport), Lars Christian Brask (EFG International) and the Danske Bank.