28 Jan 1923 - 26 Feb 2013
The five colour screenprints from 1972 were exhibited that year in Sydney at Watters Gallery, in a show that included wire mesh sculptures of three dimensional geometric shapes, similar to those depicted in the prints. The sculptures were made from reinforcing mesh and explored new sculptural ideas sparked by a chance encounter the previous year, in which Flugelman observed shadows cast by a mesh door on a moving vehicle that created new geometric forms in the sunlight. When showing the sculptures, the artist shone strong lights through them, exploring their three dimensionality, while inserting a kinetic element with the use of alternating lights that affected their shadows (see Peter Pinson, Flugelman, Boorowa (NSW), Watermark Press, 2008, pp 25-26). The formal and spatial questions raised in the sculptures were developed in the screenprints. These depicted geometric forms - pyramids, spheres, cubes and tetrahedrons - with each plane allotted a different colour, giving the shapes a dynamic three dimensionality on the flat picture plane of the screen print.
colour screenprint on black paper
96.0 x 56.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, white chalk "H Flugelman 1972".
Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors' Fund 2014
Not on display
© Herbert Flugelman. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Shown in 1 exhibition
Flugelman, Watters Gallery, East Sydney, 23 Feb 1972–11 Mar 1972
Referenced in 2 publications
Ian North, Bulletin of the Art Gallery of South Australia [vol 36], 'Bert Flugelman, from heroism to reflection', pg. 2-15, Adelaide, 1978, 7 (illus.). not AGNSW edition; titled 'Cage Pyramids'
Peter Pinson and David Perry, Flugelman, Boorowa, 2008, 16 (colour illus.). not titled