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Mountains, valleys, caves



James Angus

Australia, United States of America

1970 –

Alternate image of Mountains, valleys, caves by James Angus
Alternate image of Mountains, valleys, caves by James Angus
  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    fiberglass, synthetic polymer paint
    2/3 + 1 AP
    95.0 x 146.5 x 91.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2014
    Entrance Pavilion
    Accession number
    © James Angus, Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

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    Artist information
    James Angus

    Works in the collection


  • About

    James Angus is a sculptor who distorts scale, volume and form in a practice that addresses the themes, materials, and processes of architecture, design, and nature. Angus' 'Mountains, valleys, caves' 2005 is an expansion upon the artist's sculptural exploration of the relationship between abstraction and figuration. The wave and trough forms are at once artificial and organic, recalling mathematical graphs as well as landscape.

    'Mountains valleys, caves' 2005 was designed by the artist on a computer using engineering software mouldCAM, and is based upon principles of monocoque, in which an object's surface absorbs the weight and stress of its structure. The inverted underside contrasted with the protruding exterior exploits negative and positive space.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • James Angus, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 13 Sep 2006–26 Nov 2006

      James Angus, Institute of Modern Art, Fortitude Valley, 02 Jun 2007–28 Jul 2007

      James Angus, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 22 Sep 2007–06 Nov 2007

      James Angus, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 24 Nov 2007–02 Mar 2008

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

    • Christopher Chapman, Portrait, 'Abstraction and figuration', pg. 16-19, Canberra, Summer 2009, 17, 18 (colour illus.). not AGNSW version

    • Andrew Frost, Australian art collector, 'Roslyn Oxley and her collections', pg. 122-123, Sydney, Apr 2006-Jun 2006, 123 (colour illus.). not AGNSW version

    • Rachel Kent, James Angus, 'Shape shifter: the art of James Angus', pg. 7-70, 2006, 11, 56 (colour illus.), 57, 58-59 (colour illus.), 78.

    • Bronwyn Watson, Weekend Australian, 'Public works', pg. 13, Sydney, 07 May 2011, 13. not AGNSW version

Other works by James Angus

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