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Kirsteen Pieterse Where You Stand 1 - 29 June 2019

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The works in Where You Stand represent the landscape as I see it now. Filtered, processed, controlled, interfered with, yet still beautiful. As an artist dealing with landscape, this body of work represents a shift in my practice towards embracing the softer material of plywood with more focus on surface and volume, somewhat away from a sustained exploration of line, plane, and the play of light across my sculptures. These solid forms made from plywood, my Construction Timber Mountains, are very ‘present’ and opaque, as opposed to being airy, light and seemingly ephemeral, as my steel and acrylic work has previously striven to be. As a formalist sculptor I notice a shift from primarily modelling and assembling to ‘carving’. The reality of not being able to ‘undo’ the action, the making of the plywood mountains, makes sense to me in relation to the ideas driving the work.

Kirsteen Pieterse, 2019


cat 1. Undermine, 2019, ink on rice paper mounted on Chinese paper scroll, 263 x 51 cm


cat 2. Reverent, Silent, 2018, aluminium, 35 x 260 x 7 cm


cat 3. Replica, 2019, plywood offcuts and stainless steel, 57 x 108 x 35 cm


cat 4. Residue, 2019, ink on rice paper mounted on Chinese paper scroll, 242 x 51 cm


cat 5. Construction Timber Mountain #6, 2017, plywood offcuts and stainless steel, 36 x 40 x 18 cm


cat 6. Construction Timber Mountain #3, 2017, plywood offcuts and stainless steel, 54 x 45 x 24 cm


cat 7. Construction Timber Mountain #5, 2017, plywood offcuts and stainless steel, 37 x 43 x 25 cm


cat 8. Construction Timber Mountain #10, 2018, plywood offcuts and stainless steel, 50 x 88 x 56 cm


cat 9. Construction Timber Mountain #8, 2018, plywood offcuts and stainless steel, 72 x 117 x 60 cm


cat 10. Construction Timber Mountain #12, 2018, plywood offcuts and stainless steel, 43 x 39 x 21 cm


cat 11. Construction Timber Mountain #7, 2018, plywood offcuts and stainless steel, 80 x 90 x 55 cm


cat 12. Construction Timber Mountain #11, 2018, plywood offcuts and stainless steel, 49 x 48 x 43 cm


cat 13. Construction Timber Mountain #9, 2018, plywood offcuts and stainless steel, 70 x 63 x 45 cm


cat 16. Construction Timber Mountain #2, 2017, plywood offcuts and stainless steel, 35.5 x 32 x 20 cm


cat 17. Construction Timber Mountain #4, 2017, plywood offcuts and stainless steel, 45 x 39 x 24 cm


cat 18. Construction Timber Mountain #13, 2018, plywood offcuts and stainless steel, 41 x 44 x 23 cm


cat 14. Shoring, 2019, plywood offcuts and stainless steel, 51 x 103 x 23 cm


The materials used are as important to me as ever and the messages inherent in the association of the materials used are central to the work. Construction plywood and stainless steel are my chosen materials for this body of work. Plywood has no place in the art world hierarchy, being a cheap, throwaway, ‘fake’ wood used primarily for lowly jobs such as shuttering for concrete. It’s everywhere around my Hong Kong studio - in skips, broken, ripped off of walls by crowbars and marked from concrete spillages and waste. My studio is surrounded by large mountains covered in bushes and teeming with wildlife, yet tunneled through and carved into by large scale engineering, infrastructure and construction. In these sculptures I’ve taken this lowly and leftover composite material and made a landscape from it, seemingly ageless and reminiscent of sandstone. Stainless steel represents a hard and unyielding material, conceptually linked to contemporary architecture and the notion of the ‘indestructible’. The little minimal wedges easily support the substantial weight of the large plywood pieces. The Construction Timber Mountains are weighty but are lifted off the calm horizontal plane of the plinth by the wedges. This creates space and shadow underneath the solid volumes of the plywood, lending them a lightness but ultimately I feel they are an imposition and imply the plywood pieces are waiting to be moved.

Kirsteen Pieterse, 2019


cat 15. Edge of a Sky, 2019, aluminum, 57 x 84 x 18 cm


cat 19. Overgrown, 2019, ink on rice paper mounted on Chinese paper scroll, 187 x 52 cm


Kirsteen Pieterse Biography

Education 1993 – 1994

Master of Arts (Architecture), University of East London, England
 1989 – 1993

Bachelor of Fine Art, First Class Honours, Glasgow School of Art
 Solo Exhibitions 2015 2013 2010 2007 2006

Scholar Stones - Interpretations - Martin Browne Contemporary,
Sydney Holding Unknowns - Martin Browne Contemporary,
Sydney Imminent - Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney Still Point - Martin Browne Contemporary,
Sydney Subside - Martin Browne Contemporary,
Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions 2018 Sydney Contemporary 2018, Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW 2017 Sydney Contemporary 2017, Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW Alternative Museum, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney Human Rights Art Prize, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong 2016 Cornucopia, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney 
 Deconstructing Landscapes, Pimary, Tai Po, Hong Kong 2016,15,14,13,10, 06, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney 2015 Spring Exhibition, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
 Martin Browne Contemporary at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair Shan Shui Painting as Sculpture, South Island Art Night, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
 2015 Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, Perth, WA
 2014 2014 Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, Sydney, NSW
 The Gathering II, a survey of Australian sculpture - Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria
 Heavy Metal: Sculpture from the permanent collection – Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
 Sculpture at Scenic World - Blue Mountains, NSW
 2013 Wonderworks - The Space, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

 Birdbath - Utopia Art Sydney
 2012 Storm Signal 8 - The Cat Street Gallery,
Hong Kong

 2011 Willoughby Sculpture Prize – finalist,
Sydney

 Suite - Martin Browne Fine Art,
Sydney

 Wattle - Australian Art Survey, The Space, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

 2010 Dragon Garden - The Cat Street Gallery,
 Hong Kong



 Martin Browne Fine Art - at Melbourne Art Fair



Kirsteen Pieterse Biography - continued

Selected Group Exhibitions 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2000 1999 1998 1995 1994

Re: constructions - The Cat Street Gallery,
 Hong Kong

 3d x 5 - Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW
 The Cat Street Gallery - at Hong Kong International Art Fair
 Helen Lempriere Sculpture Prize - (finalist exhibition)
Melbourne

 Dobell Prize for Drawing - Art Gallery of NSW
 Autumn Catalogue - Martin Browne Fine Art
Sydney

 ABN AMRO Emerging Art Award - ABN AMRO Sydney

 Martin Browne Fine Art - at Melbourne Art Fair
 Flaming Youth - Orange Regional Gallery, NSW
 Martin Browne Fine Art - at Art Sydney 06, Horden Pavilion National Sculpture Prize finalist - The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney, Winner Viewers’ Choice Prize,
 Sydney

 Cambridge

Friends of Cambridge University Donated Drawings - University of Cambridge Art Gallery, UK
 Works on Paper - Gallery No.1, Repton, England
 Walkways and Partitions - Gallery No.1, Repton, England
 The Unhomely - Gallery No.1, Repton, England
 Sculpture at Tidal Basin II - Royal Victoria Dock,
London

 Sculpture at Tidal Basin - Royal Victoria Dock,
London 



Kirsteen Pieterse Biography - continued Selected Biography 2017 Ian Findlay - “Deconstructing Landscapes”, World Sculpture News, Volume 23, No.1, Winter 2017 2015

 Ian Findlay – “Pleasures of the Ephemeral”, World Sculpture News, Volume 21, No. 3, Summer 2015, p 46-50
 2013

 John McDonald, Integrity at any price, Sydney Morning Herald, 16-17 March, 2013, p. 12-13
 2013
 Gina Fairley, Kirsteen Pieterse, World Sculpture News, Volume 19, No.1, Winter, p.47-48
 2012
 Cristina Sanchez Kozyreva, Asthma and other wicked catalysts (Lighter Scheme), Pipeline, Issue 26, Jan/Feb 2012, p.45
 2010

 Louise Schwartzkoff – Imminent, Sydney Morning Herald: Open Gallery, 6 – 7 February 2010, p. 14
 2009

 Kate Bryan - Deconstructing Landscape, World Sculpture News, Volume 15 No 4, p. 42 – 45, 2009
 2009

 Brad Hammond - 3d x 5, Artist Profile, Issue 09, p.102, 2009
 2009

 Dave Morgan – Fanfare Calendar, Prestige Hong Kong, November 2009, p. 40
 2008

 Gina Fairley - Kirsteen Pieterse, World Sculpture News, Vol 14, No1, Winter 2008
 2006

 Tracy Clement -Kirsteen Pieterse, Sculpture, September 2006 Vol 25 No 7
 2006

 Betsy Brennan “Bridge Builder” Vogue Living, May/June 2006, p. 87
 2006

 Janet Hayes ”Subside” Australian Art Review, Issue 10 March–June 2006, p. 17
 2006

 Tracey Clement ”SFX Appeal” Sydney Morning Herald: Metro, 3 – 9 February 2006, p. 23
 2006

 Deborah Cooke ”Subside” Sydney Morning Herald: Good Weekend, 11 February 2006
 2006

 Shaun Ellis “Model Citizen” Wentworth Courier, 8 February 2006
 Commissions 2019 Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge, Shanghai International Airport 2018 The Deck, Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge, Hong Kong International Airport 2016 The Pier, Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge, Hong Kong International Airport Raffles Hotel, Shenzhen Bay, China 2012 L’Hotel Island South, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong 2009 Hyatt Regency, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
 Awards 2008

 Winner of Wyndham City Council Acquisitive Award, Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award 2008

 Highly Commended, Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award
 2004

 Winner of Viewer’s Choice Award, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
 1993

 Winner of John Keppie Travel Scholarship, Glasgow School of Art



Kirsteen Pieterse Biography - continued Collections Cathay Pacific National Gallery of Australia Artbank University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK Wyndham City Council, VIC Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW Suncorp Bank Westpac Bank Shun Tak Holdings Limited


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Kirsteen Pieterse  

Where You Stand 1 - 29 June 2019

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Where You Stand 1 - 29 June 2019

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