Erwin Fabian creates powerful, challenging and deeply affecting works from the remnants of scrap metal he collects and allows to age on the studio floor. Throughout his refined process of gleaning and rusting, Fabian arranges and rearranges; contemplating texture and shape to transform previously disjointed elements into meaningful organic forms. With a career spanning seven decades, Erwin Fabian is one of the most significant sculptors working in Australia today.
He’s an elder, not because of his age but because of his wisdom.
On Thursday 5 November 2015, Australian Galleries had the pleasure of opening Erwin’s exhibition of new works, ‘Recent Sculpture’; an impressive showcase of sculptures formed from components of welded steel as well as a selection of works in plastic. This exciting exhibition was opened by Professor Sasha Grishin, who spoke of Fabian’s rich life as an artist as well as commemorating the significant occasion of the artist’s 100th birthday.
“He’s one of our great sculptors and not because he’s turning 100,” says Grishin, “He’s an elder, not because of his age but because of his wisdom. His sculptural creations do belong to the grand tradition of humanist sculpture. In other words, they interact with us on a human and emotive level: we come to believe in their existence not only as aesthetic objects, but as metaphors for the human spirit.”
In the freshly renovated gallery space of the Australian Galleries Stock Rooms, Fabian’s works stand proudly with huge presence. Varying in texture, tone and scale each unique piece is inherently linked by Fabian’s distinct visual language, in which disparate, abstract shapes meld together to echo forms from the natural world. Fabian’s remarkable ability to find intrinsic connections between discrete fragments of raw material produces artworks that resonate with emotive power. This exhibition is testament to Erwin Fabian’s unique creative voice and his significant contribution to Australian sculpture.
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Founded in 1956, Australian Galleries is one of the first commercial art galleries and from day one has represented some of Australia’s most important Artists. The talented and dedicated AG team is led by National Director Stuart Purves, son of the gallery founders Tam and Anne Purves, who continues with the vision and commitment started by his parents to support and nurture the cultural wellbeing of this country. A fundamental part of this vision is the need to be driven yet flexible, to move with the times yet maintain the integrity which has enabled Australian Galleries to continue their representation of some of the greatest Australian Artists for 60 years.
2015 was a year of many positive advancements at the gallery in preparation for the 60th Anniversary this year, with renovations to the Melbourne Stock Rooms gallery to create ‘white cube’ spaces to accommodate an expanding exhibition program, a new print room which is home to the work of our master printmakers, in addition we have added a second level creating a vast space to display new works from Artist’s studio’s, as well as housing the AG Archives Dept. Throughout the process of implementing the changes to our physical appearance we have been working behind the scenes on a completely new look for our online presence; a beautifully designed, modern, user friendly website, the new AG Art blog and a much more comprehensive Social Media profile.
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“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso