• James Angus

James Angus

2 June–28 July 2007

James Angus's works combine conceptual twists with consumate craft. He takes iconic and everyday forms—classic modernist buildings, an old racing car, a soccer ball, a rhino—and inverts, twists, recolours, divides, realigns, down-sizes, distorts and otherwise transforms them. A spruce scale-model of the Seagram Building lies on its back, revealing a subtle curve. Another model of an iconic building, Lakeshore Drive, folds in upon itself, as a Moebius Strip. Angus loves paradoxes: an upside-down hot-air balloon suspended in the foyer of the Sydney Opera House or a Mack truck incongrougly parked in a gallery space it couldn’t possibly have entered. Angus often uses computer models to design his works and consults mathematicians, engineers, and biologists as part of his research. He renders a Bugatti Type 35, a 1920s grand prix car, life-size, but with a thirty degree tilt. He explores the aerodynamic properties of the Manta Ray. A mosquito and a gorilla skull rendered in tessellated parquetry suggest a mathematical order underlying the evolutionary process. Exhibition organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Supported by Visions of Australia.