ANOTHER WORLD: Colin Fenn & Karin Smith

Another World

ANOTHER WORLD: Colin Fenn & Karin Smith

31 July - 18 September 2021

 

Bathurst based artists Colin Fenn and Karin Smith have been collaborating for over a decade, both working within sculpture and bronze casting. Each artist has developed their own unique style and approach to figurative bronze; an artistic tradition stretching back thousands of years.

Beginning with an initial wax sculpture, the artists share a trip to a Sydney-based industrial foundry, where the sculpture is prepared for replication. The sculpture is first coated in a ceramic layer and the wax melted out, creating a ‘lost-wax’ mould into which the hot, liquid bronze is poured. Once cleaned up, the artists polish and sometimes patina the sculpture, by applying a chemical solution with a flame torch or applied as a cold liquid, to add colour and age to the metal.

Fenn’s whimsical fantasy characters and intricately decorated armour are relics from an imaginary world, presenting a humorous interpretation of real-world mythology with elements of history. In contrast, Smith’s expressive studies of the human form put her own twist on the tradition of classical figurative statues, instead choosing to depict casual, imperfect poses of ordinary people.

Together, the human figures mingle with the mischievous creatures, creating a collision of worlds which allude to narratives and suggest conversations for the viewer’s interpretation.

A BRAG Foyer exhibition.

 

Images: COLIN FENN Two Baby Dragons silicone bronze, 20 x 13 x 10cm, 21 x 18 x 16 cm, Courtesy of the artist. KARIN SMITH The Conversation 7 x 10 x 8 cm, Courtesy of the artist.

 

 

Col_ Best Buddies

Colin Fenn
Best buddies
stainless steel
$190 each

Col Garden Elf

Colin Fenn
Garden Elf
silicone bronze
$2,990

Go Away

Colin Fenn
Go Away
cast resin, black flowcoat, powdered bronze
$600

Col_Goblin_Helmet

Colin Fenn
Goblin Battle Helmet
Silicone bronze, horsehair
$975

Col_Goblin_Leaders_Helmet_2

Colin Fenn
Goblin Leader's Helmet
cast bronze
$7400

Col_Guarding_Out_Future_forests

Colin Fenn
Guarding Our Future Forests
cast bronze
$325

Col Baby

Colin Fenn
Magical Treasure Chest
bronze
$4940

Col Baby

Colin Fenn
Elf Helmet
cast bronze
$975

Col Baby

Colin Fenn
Seed Pod
bronze
$210

Col Baby

Colin Fenn
The Aussie Buddha
polished silicone bronze
$1250

Col Baby

Colin Fenn
The Sentinels
cast silicone bronze
$1900 each

Col Baby

Colin Fenn
Claw of Smaug
cast silicone bronze, glass, 18 carat gold leaf
$1440

Col Baby

Colin Fenn
Mother Dragon
bronze
$18,000 set of 3 (1 of 3)

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Colin Fenn
Baby girl
bronze
$18,000 set of 3 (2 of 3)

Col Baby

Colin Fenn
Baby boy
bronze
$18,000 set of 3 (3 of 3)

Col Baby

Karin Smith
The Big Sleep
stainless steel
NFS

Col Baby

Karin Smith
Precious

$400

Col Baby

Karin Smith
A Bloke
bronze
$400

Col Baby

Karin Smith
Feelin Blue
bronze
$350

Col Baby

Karin Smith
Figure III Sunbaking
bronze
$350

Col Baby

Karin Smith
Figure I Sunbaking
bronze
$350

Col Baby

Karin Smith
Joy
bronze
$380

Col Baby

Karin Smith
Pear II
bronze
NFS

Col Baby

Karin Smith
Reflecting
bronze
$350

Col Baby

Karin Smith
Sophia
bronze
NFS

Col Baby

Karin Smith
Sunbaking Figure IV
bronze
$350

Col Baby

Karin Smith
The Seer
bronze
$380

Col Baby

Karin Smith
Three Pears
bronze
$600 (SOLD)

Col Baby

Karin Smith
Wombat
bronze
$200 (SOLD)

Col Baby

Karin Smith
Figure II Sunbaking
bronze
$350

Col Baby

Karin Smith
Pear
bronze
NFS

Col Baby

Karin Smith
The Coversation
bronze
$900

Col Baby

Karin Smith
Yay
bronze
$250