Kapiti Observer : January 12th 2012
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Two Kapiti artists have been selected for Shapeshifter, a biennial art exhibition that attracted over 10,000 visitors from around New Zealand and overseas in 2010. Reikorangi artist Don DeMacedo and Te Horo's Greg Bloomfield will showcase their work over about three weeks in February and March in the public gardens adjacent to The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt. For Mr DeMacedo it is the second time he has made his entry Plexus, after the orig- inal sculpture melted in a fire in his work- shop, a converted barn, in November. He also lost his tools and other artwork in the fire. In final analysis, it's all just stuff but I'm still stopping and going oh wow, that was in the barn'.'' The barn was also a converted living space for Kim Johnson who was not in the barn at the time of the fire, but lost every- thing inside. Mr DeMacedo is working on the new Plexus out of his neighbour's garage. The 5 millimetre plate marine grade alu- minium sculpture is inspired by the work of W A Bentley who photographed snowflakes in the 1920s and 30s. My underlying theme in a lot of my work is symmetry and repetitive shapes, so Plexus is modelled on an actual snowflake.'' Plexus started out as a vector graphic and was laser cut by an Auckland company into 10 pieces. The accuracy of the laser is incredible, it will profile a computer image and be accu- rate to two tenths of a millimetre and it can do that over and over again. What the laser does for me is allow me to make very intricate or very large works -- if I didn't use this process I wouldn't be able to sell, they would just be far too expensive.'' Mr DeMacedo said he was very happy and honoured'' to have been selected to exhibit his work at Shapeshifter. Te Horo artist Mr Bloomfield is entering two wind sculptures in the exhibition, Teek and Giraffe, both based on his perceptions of nature. The wind and movement gives life to sculptures which would otherwise lie dor- mant, he said. It is the second time Bloomfield has exhibited for Shapeshifter. It's a thrill, always, to be selected. It's good to have the work out there and mix with like minded people.'' His sculptures, made from a mix of car- bon fibre, fibreglass, stainless steel and bearings, each took about six weeks to make. The irony is with a wind sculpture you can have every idea in your mind of how you want it to turn or what it will do when the wind blows, but when the wind blows it always does something just a little bit dif- ferent. Something that's not expected.''
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