Peter Cripps: Endless Space
Judith Wright Centre
420 Brunswick St
Until Nov 24
This retrospective spans Melbourne artist Peter Cripps' forty year career, starting in the late 1960's when he was part of an art movement that embraced conceptualism and minimalism and challenged long established ideals. As such it provides a great insight into the path sculpture has taken in the latter part of the 20th century until now.
The various strands that have defined his works over the years are all incorporated in this expo and include his mirror studies from the early '70's, (exploring the spatial paradoxes mirrors produce) and that of landscape. Cripps's childhood along the coastal environment was defined by bathing pavilions and World War II bunkers that dotted the seaside landscape as well as the Mordialloc timber yard which influenced his 'Above and Below Ground' constructions.
While working in museums in the '70's and '80's another strand, that of museology emerged and this is reflected in his poignant 'Shells of Past Activities' then in the '90's the Tatlinesque Towers of his Public Project works again drew on an earlier stand as these striking sculptures were also mounted with convex surveillance mirrors.
Peter's latest constructions were made especially for this show.