Wednesday, October 11, 2006

David Howell

(the marker)

bricks, mortar, tree stump
approx 3m in dia. x 2.5 m

Sponsored by National Hire
& the Cat Rental

David was one of 35 artists chosen out of some 240 applicants, to take part in the 2005 McClelland Sculpture Prize in Victoria. His cast concrete, life size, drivable car held its own amongst the work of some serious art world heavy weights. David Howell is one of the most promising and dedicated young artists I have met. His determination, drive and commitment to his art is awe inspiring. We are very proud to have him participate this year in Sculpture in the Vineyards. In the lead up to the opening of the exhibition, David camped on the vineyards, working day and night to meet his deadline.

Hebrew for a marker in time or in a physical space (Joshua 19:33). Moed is a snapshot of change, a look at one moment in an unfolding story. Walking around the structure invites thought about where the observer fits into this story. It ambiguously presents transience, permanence and change to the viewer. Ultimately its incongruous nature, its cohesiveness with the landscape invites thought through the subtle conspicuousness of its contrasting elements.

Moed has a simple poetry all of its own - a deep spirituality that pervades the surrounding poplars at Stonehurst Cedar Creek. Well worthy of special visit and moment of silent contemplation.