Watershed was opened at Mossgreen Gallery in Armadale Melbourne by Martyn Myer on Thursday and is receiving a good response from collectors.
The Australian Financial Review Weekend paper has published this feature article on Martin Hill Watershed exhibition to be opened by Martyn Myer 10 April at Mossgreen Gallery Melbourne Read here:
This week we travel to Melbourne for the Mossgreen gallery opening of the Watershed exhibition by Martyn Myer on 10 April at 6pm. The Invitations have been sent, the works are framed ready to hang and we will be making a wall installation using splashed clay prior to the opening.
All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there. Mossgreen invitation
Thanks to Ensia for publishing this double page spread in the March print issue of their sustainable solutions magazine. Ensia online has a comprehensive article and gallery of sculptures with supporting copy here.
Ensia is a magazine showcasing environmental solutions in action. Powered by the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, they connect people with ideas, information and inspiration they can use to change the world.
Louise Myer commissioned these photographs by Marcel Aucar of the Watershed exhibition opening at McClelland Gallery Melbourne in February.
From Left: Robert Lyndsay Gallery Director, Penny Fowler Chairman of the Trustees, Martin Hill, Philippa Jones, Louise Myer, Martyn Myer
There was quite a crowd for the opening speech by Martyn Myer and a social atmosphere because many of the guests knew each other. The response to the exhibition was enthusiastic. I just hope the work helps people to move toward the level of changed thinking that is needed to turn the ecological crisis around.
We are now working towards two dealer gallery exhibitions in April: Mossgreen in Melbourne and Gallery 33 in Wanaka, New Zealand. Martyn Myer patron of the Kenneth Myer Artists and Writers Alpine Retreat at Whare Kea Chalet in Wanaka will open both exhibitions.
A big turnout and a grand opening of Martin Hill Watershed at at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery Melbourne.
Martyn Myer opened the first Australian solo exhibition of my environmental sculpture and photography made in collaboration with Philippa to a guest list that included many Myer family members, friends and clients as well as a cross section of the Melbourne art and business world.
Martyn Myer said in his speech at the opening: “Martin Hill’s work and philosophy closely accords with ours in regard to the ecologically sustainable development of the planet, particularly with respect to water. His sculpture seeks to address these issues in a powerful way.”
Philippa and I spent a week in Melbourne which began with us installing a splashed clay work on the gallery wall and ended on Thursday with an hour long public “Art Chat” with gallery director Robert Lindsay.
Watershed represents a new direction for me, it raises questions about the way we live in relation to the natural world that supports us.
We are grateful for the support of the Louise and Martyn Myer Foundation and Creative New Zealand in mounting the Watershed exhibition which runs until 27 April.
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Today we leave for Melbourne and the opening of Martin Hill Watershed at McClelland Gallery.
Orion, the premier environmental magazine in USA chose Kanuka Sphere for their cover this month.
I was interviewed about this sculpture in their blog post about the cover image.
The cover of the January/February 2014 issue of Orion features “Kanuka Sphere,” a sculpture and photograph by New Zealand-based artist Martin Hill. Learn more about Martin and his remarkable works
Interview by Orion’s Simon Gast:
What inspired this sculpture, and how was it constructed?
The Kanuka Sphere was made using natural materials found at the sculpture’s site—in this case, the remains of dead kanuka trees that had been flooded by a lake. Because those trees have long, thin trunks, we were able to push their ends into soft clay in parts of the lake bed formed by retreating glaciers eons ago.
The Sphere’s setting is spectacular. Where was this photograph taken?
The sculpture was built and photographed near Mount Aspiring National Park, which is in the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island. (I live in a town called Wanaka, which is where this and many of my other sculptures are made.) This place is, in my opinion, one of the least spoiled and most beautiful mountain regions in the world.
What sort of feeling or idea do you hope to inspire in the sculpture’s viewers?
The half sphere of criss-crossed sticks was designed to reflect and achieve a full sphere referencing the Earth. The feeling or idea embodied in the work is that the Earth’s environment is a network of fragile, interconnected systems, all of which are integral to the whole system. If one part fails, the integrity of the whole system is compromised.
Circles, spheres, and continual shapes are a strong theme in much of your work. Why? What attracts you to those shapes?
Both my use of materials that return to nature and the circular forms of many of my works echo the cyclical processes that emerge from nature’s operating principles. The human model of progress relies on the destruction of natural systems, with our linear take-make-waste mode of living; the solution is to build new systems that are cyclical, and thus compatible with nature. The “circular economy” of my art is an attempt to show this.
What are you working on now?
For the last two years, I’ve been building a new body of work for exhibition, entitled “Watershed,” in collaboration with Philippa Jones. It will be exhibited at McClelland Gallery in Melbourne, Australia and, later, at Otago Museum in Dunedin, New Zealand. This work has been an exciting development for my artistic practice, which I plan to develop even further.
Philippa and I will focus next on completing the Fine Line Project, a twenty-year effort to build twelve sculptures on high points around the world, forming a symbolic line around the Earth.
For those who can make it here is an invitation to the opening of the Watershed Exhibition at McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery Melbourne. This two year body of work made in collaboration with Philippa Jones marks a significant watershed in my art practice and is my first Australia exhibition.
Over the holidays Martyn and Louise Myer, patrons of the Watershed exhibition visited the studio to preview the exhibition prints. Yesterday a sculpture and the 25 large prints were finally shipped to Melbourne for the McClelland Gallery exhibition and the comprehensive catalogue which we have worked on with the gallery for so long finally went to the printers.
It’s time for us to get outdoors again and make some new work.