Jane McKenzie

Scarpa Colonnade


The Koskela Gallery is pleased to present Gathering: new works by Saxon Quinn and Jane McKenzie.

Melbourne artist Saxon Quinn draws from urban environments, reestablishing them in a two dimensional format with cement plaster and “the randomly perfect placement of weathered markings and paste ups that form around us on walls, pavements, ceilings and signs.” In this series of works - his first exhibited in Sydney - abstract marks and forms are placed across the surface “like an amateur playing chess.”

Jane McKenzie returns to the Koskela Gallery to present her latest body of architectural ceramic sculptures. As she states: “Most of the works for this exhibition are in my preferred palette of terracotta, black and white. But in contrast to these natural and matte finishes, I have also created new sculptures which are white and gold. This was inspired by the buildings of Carlo Scarpa, who used gilded materials sparingly but consistently throughout his architectural career, most notably in the Olivetti Showroom and the Brion Family Cemetery. Scarpa often used gold-hued glass mosaic tiles as secondary sources of reflection and light play, but the use of gold also referenced the long history and importance of this commodity in his home city of Venice. I like the way that gilding can emphasise details and I like the way it enhances the reflection of light. I’m attracted to the humbleness of clay as a material for sculpture, and the idea of elevating its status with the addition of gold appeals to me.”

Artist: Jane McKenzie
Title: Scarpa Colonnade

Dimensions: 21 x 23 x 14cm
Materials: Stoneware with Limoges porcelain terra sigillata and gold leaf 

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