Hugh McLachlan

Sculpture

Represented by Traffic Jam Galleries, Neutral Bay & Mosman

It all began with a very simple idea, an investigation into changing states - solid to liquid, static to flow, physical to ephemeral. ‘Slow Flow’ was a highly polished stainless steel sculpture exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2014. This sculpture was the culmination of all of these ideas; a large highly polished stainless steel pool seemingly flowing over the cliff high above Tamarama Beach in Sydney.

 

The series of ‘slow flow’ sculptures features stainless steel highly polished to resemble pools in a state of flow. Intriguingly, when exhibited, the first thing people would do when viewing the work would be to look at their own refection.

 

To go forward in developing these sculptures I had to go back, right back to the myth of Narcissus. We live in a Narcissistic era. But unlike Narcissus who had to wander into the forest to find his pool, we all have our own private mobile pool that accompanies us everywhere we go, bathing us in an intoxicating warm glow.

 

‘Slow Flow towards Narcissism’ was exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2017. This sculpture explored how seductive and intoxicating the social media pool is and the inevitable flow into its depths. I was surprised and delighted by how people bought into the Narcissism theme and by how knowledgeable people were about the myth. I had many interesting discussions with people about their interpretations, and this was one of those rare moments when the narrative turned into a dialogue.

 

 I find the work process is integral to the finished sculpture so I do all the making myself, allowing me to incorporate all the random ideas and directions that help breath life into a sculpture.

 

'Slow Flow towards Narcissism' Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2017

'Slow Flow towards Narcissism' Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2017

'Cube Melt' Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea 2015

'Slow Flow' Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2014

'Slow Flow' Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2014

'Botanicus Unfamilia' Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2011