Post Industrial Design

Jos Van Hulsen's Reading Chair unveiled

We couldn’t have wished for nicer weather  for the closing ceremony of the Maribyrnong Library Literary Festival. It was also the unveiling of Jos Van Hulsen's ‘reading chair’. Which, without sounding too biased, looks pretty goddam amazing! The afternoon ‘Myths Woven by Us’ was a fun day for family and friends. The afternoon included a free BBQ, storytelling, face painting, balloon artistry and special guest David Greagg, our very own Wizard of Footscray! I did not know until recently that we have our OWN Wizard, but indeed we do . . . and may I say delightfully charming and interesting he is too. I couldn’t have thought of a nicer day to laze down the river at the Footscray Community Arts Center. Parents (ME) lounged on the grass while ignoring the kids (them) as they romped around throwing stones in the river, gorging themselves on sausages, all while getting their face painted . . . . .  And did I say it was SUNNY! I could not help but to expel a sigh of relief to think the chair has finally found its permanent home. The relief was not so much about no longer having it around Jos’s studio, but more the fact that it weighs a bloody ton and this was the last time we had to move it!!! If you do get a chance to go down to the river, perhaps grab a coffee from Happy River Café, stroll down towards the Amphitheatre and take some time to sit on the Reading Chair. While you are sipping on your coffee and taking in the beautiful view, just give some thought to my back . . . because at the end of the day, Jos may have made and designed the chair, but really, it is all about MEEEEEE!!! 

Niches @ City Library

Jos Van Hulsens work is now on display at the City Library in Flinders lane until August 30. The work is part of the Niches @ City Library initiative. The program will showcase a different artists work each month. Artworks will be displayed in glass cases throughout the library. Jos's work explores the spiritual connection to land, which is examined through found materials including, bones, leaves and suburban refuge. The City Library is located at 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday 8am – 8pm, Friday 8am – 6pm, Saturday 10 – 5pm and Sunday 12 - 5pm. [gallery link="file"]  

Post Industrial Design Open

Post Industrial Design is now open for business. Sculptor/designer, Jos Van Hulsen continues to re-imagine old objects, sculptural beds, lights, gates, cupboards and tables are just some of the things you can find. Also in-store are quirky one off products by some great local talent, hand made bags created form recycled leather, hand crafted jewellery, cushions, soaps, cards, jams and pickles can all be found. Unusual hand made items and you can still find a treasure from as little as $5.[gallery link="file" columns="4"]

Stone series

After a spending some time in Bundanon for a artist residency I was very much inspired by the huge rocks in the area. This led me to work on a series using natural rock and cut bluestone. This work hopefully reflects the time - it was all about fun and humour. [gallery link="file"]

West Footscray

The surrounding local industrial environment inspired the design of the Gate for West Footscray Neighbourhood House. The piece was constructed from both new and recycled materials collected from the area. Working closely with architects WMCQ the gate was to complement the buildings design, which was based on the local shipping and railways yards. “As well as giving the work an industrial feel by using recycled railway pins, wood and cortin steel,” said Jos “I wanted to add a lightness to the entrance to the building. For this reason I sought inspiration from Japanese design for the composition of the gate. This way I felt I could achieve both.”

Artists Lunch Elgee Park

Having recently attended an artist luncheon at the beautiful Elgee Park Winery owned and run by the Myer family, I was impressed and inspired by the diversity of the sculptural collection available to the public. With over 35 sculptures and artists such as Inge King, Bruce Armstrong, Robert Klippel, Chris Booth – just to name a few, makes this a sculptural collection of huge significance. To have my sculpture in such a collection is indeed an honour. The collection has now been immortalised in a book “Elgee Park Sculpture in the Landscape” written by Ken Scarlett, an art critic of huge importance in Australian sculpture. For those of you looking for a nice weekend activity, I can highly recommend a trip to Elgee Park. The morning peninsula is stunning, the wine is sensational and the sculpture is pretty good too! For more information go to Elgee Park Wines website.

Bundanon Trust artist in residence

Bundanon Trust offers a residency in conjunction with the Helen Lempriere Sculpture Award. As a Lempriere finalist, receiving the Encouragement Award in 2007 for the work titled Casualty Numbers, Jos spent some time as artist in residence. The artist in residence program at Bundanon affords artists, from all disciplines and from all over the world, the opportunity to reflect on their practice; the time and space to meditate and the facilities to create. Bundanon’s original artist in residence program operated from the Riversdale property, with artists staying in the homestead and utilising Arthur Boyd’s former studio.

Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award.

Helen Lempriere was one of Australia's leading female artists in the mid 20th century, lauded nationally and internationally for her work as a painter, printmaker and sculptor. The Award was launched in her honour in 2000, as a result of a bequest by Helen's husband, the late Kieth Wood. The 2007 Lempriere Award Winner Julia Davis, Meniscii, An installation of convex perspex mirrors reflects the sky and landscape, exploring art's relationship with nature. Davis' winning work will secure  a permanent place on the Werribee Park Sculpture Walk, in the company of previous winners. Commended Works Louise Paramor, Industrial Jam Session The six separate assemblages that form Industrial Jam Session each comprise four or five plastic parts, the majority of which were originally designed for industrial use. As the title suggests, for me this work possesses a musical and experimental dimension. Encouragement Award Jos Van Hulsen, Casualty Numbers. Made of steel, mirrors and enamel distance counters recycled from Victoria's railways, Jos Van Hulsen's piece Casualty Numbers explores how we have become immune to news of casualty numbers, unless they include someone we know. To read more about the 2007 Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award click here
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