A gravity defying petal of overwhelming proportion now resides over the Melbourne ACU Arts Precinct laneway.
Through the improvised and playful manipulation of resin composite material, the sculptor John Meade has created a seductive shape that offers an intriguing mix of rigorous geometry and soft organic form.
Meade’s practice explores the metaphysical, spiritual and surreal world, in which he states:"Corolla Component (green) 2012 is from a series of works based on simple planar compound curves. In making this sculpture, my aim was to render and refine the profile of the shape and I think of these shapes as soft abstractions. A corolla is the arrangement of the petals in a flower and a corolla component might be considered a petal come adrift."
ACU Art Curator, Caroline Field adds: "Corolla Component (green) is a nuanced, contemplative and sublime work. While bold and dramatic, it has a subtle and deeply spiritual presence. With its seductive glossy painted surface, the work levitates in perfect harmony within a man-made environment, filling a void, an emptiness with its own presence, mystery and power. This playful, theatrically inspired sculptural work enlivens the space with an element of humor and surprise – art where you least expect it, becomes genuinely pleasing discovery for passers-by and a fine addition to our ACU Art Collection."
Born in Ballarat in 1956, John Meade is one of Australia's leading contemporary sculptors, and has held regular individual and group exhibitions with galleries and museums since 1995. He was awarded an Asialink residency in India in 1998 and in 2003 was a recipient of the Samstag Scholarship, Australia's richest and most prestigious visual arts scholarship, which made possible the completion of a Master of Studio Art program at New York University.
Additional outdoor sculptural commissions by the artist can be viewed at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen and at Victoria Harbour, Docklands, Melbourne. His work is also held in the Monash University Collection; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and National Gallery of Victoria.