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Title

Untitled: slate slab series

1973

Artist

Ken Unsworth

Australia

1931 –

Alternate image of Untitled: slate slab series by Ken Unsworth
Alternate image of Untitled: slate slab series by Ken Unsworth
Alternate image of Untitled: slate slab series by Ken Unsworth
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Date
    1973
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    slate
    Dimensions
    47.0 x 61.0 x 13.0 cm :

    a - Part a, 46.4 x 12.7 x 0.4 cm, (irreg.)

    b - Part b, 46.8 x 14.2 x 0.4 cm, (irreg.)

    c - Part c, 46.3 x 14.6 x 0.5 cm, (irreg.)

    d - Part d, 46 x 15.1 x 0.5 cm, (irreg.)

    e - Part e, 47.7 x 14.2 x 0.5 cm, (irreg.)

    f - Part f, 4.2 x 80.2 x 45.7 cm

    g - Part g, 12.6 x 0.4 x 0.3 cm, (irreg.)

    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Barbara Tribe Bequest Fund 2012
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    178.2012.a-g
    Copyright
    © Ken Unsworth

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    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Ken Unsworth came to prominence as a sculptor in the 1970s, when he combined performance or body art with highly conceptual sculptural forms. Some of these performances, in particular ‘Five secular settings for sculpture as ritual’, involved using his own body as a kind of minimalist sculpture. In one, he posed spread-eagle on the wall, held aloft by a pole between his shoulder blades in a visual recreation of Richard Serra’s prop sculptures.

    Unsworth was one of our most richly inventive sculptors during this period, combining the language of minimalism with a sensitivity towards often natural materials. 'Suspended Stone Circle II' in the Gallery’s collection is one of our most popular works and deservedly so as it combines the serial repetition of minimalism with the natural materials of land art and the sheer wonder of seeing stones so marvellously ordered and suspended in the exhibition space. As in all of Unsworth’s work, even his most reduced forms suggest an engagement with metaphysics and the human condition.

    This maquette embodies many of the key themes in his practice during this time: balance, weightlessness and gravity, minimal forms and natural or traditional sculptural materials adapted to his vision. The propped slates of 'Untitled: slate slab series' 1973 have the tension and danger of improbable balance. Its inventive exploration of form and materials creates a highly accomplished and satisfying sculpture. While small in scale, Unsworth’s vision during this time is immense.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Sydney

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Kate van den Boogert (Editor), Ken Unsworth, Melbourne, 1998, 31 (illus.).

Other works by Ken Unsworth

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