Erwin Fabian – Inside Out: Space and Process

In News March 13, 2020

The late Erwin Fabian’s work will be exhibited in an upcoming exhibition at McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery.

Inside Out: Space and Process presents Fabian’s work alongside that of Anne-Marie May – two sculptors from different generations, born 50 years apart, who evidence an enduring concern with material, process, and abstraction. Both artists use a range of found and fabricated media to explore the poetic correlations between surface, substance and space through intuitive and experimental processes.

Erwin Fabian was until recently Australia’s oldest practising sculptor. He was born in Berlin in 1915, the son of painter Max Fabian, and trained at the School of Art and Craft in Berlin. He arrived in Australia in 1940 during the Second World War after being interned in London. Later returning to London, he worked as a designer and lecturer at the London School of Printing before permanently basing himself in Melbourne in 1962. His work was referenced in Ernst H. Gombrich’s seminal text, Art and Illusion, published in 1960. Sadly, Fabian passed away during the development of this exhibition, however it provides an opportunity to celebrate his life and work.

Born in 1965, Anne-Marie May lives and works in Melbourne. She uses diverse materials to undertake explorations of colour, abstraction and space. May has exhibited since the late 1980s, and was a member of the influential artist-run space Store 5 in Melbourne.

The exhibition opens on 29 March, with opening remarks at 3pm by Sue Cramer, Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art. For more information, click here.

Image above: Erwin Fabian  Vitrum Five  2013  steel and silvered glass  157 x 129 x 80 cm