Paul Selwood: Perspective Cutouts

Dates & times

Thu 7 April — Sun 22 May 2011

Image: Paul Selwood
The birth of architecture
2008(detail), steel and varnish, 242.5 x 122.5 cm. Image courtesy the artist.


Paul Selwood is one of Australia’s finest sculptors and has been exhibiting since the 1970s. This exhibition focuses on his recent work in which he renders monumental structures through a series of two dimensional illusions.  By taking the conceptualising tool that is drawing and applying it to steel sheet Selwood has created a series of ‘perspective cutouts’. In the process Selwood creates an artistic language that transcends and subsumes the possibilities of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art-making. Puzzle making and solving comes into play as he cuts and folds rusted steel into shapes that assert form, mass and gravity.  Selwood uses perspective angles and the manipulation of light falling on surface to create tonal transition and heighten the illusion of depth. These free-floating forms are mounted on the wall so that for the viewer the wall is no longer perceived as a solid plane – instead it becomes an amorphous space where the cutout illusions become a possibility.

This exhibition has been toured by Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

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