"Sculpture is form in space visible to the mobile spectator-participant."
The human race is unique in that it can be argued that our heads literally scrape the clouds. We are not only survivors, but also dreamers who stare at the stars and contemplate the meaning of it all. Similarly, the sculpture of Dutch sculptor and long-time Bali resident, Carola Vooges, have always been contemplative and dreamy.
Her work belong to Plato's shadow world of ideas. Her exploration of primordial forms and archetypes is aimed at triggering sensual and spiritual associations. Remarkably her starting points are empirical carefully edited excerpts from the natural world that are blown up, turned around and rendered in materials that bear with little connection or resemblance to the original.
Through this process, her sculptures acquire a life of their own as independent "living" beings designed to interact with the beholder, forming conceptual links with the artist-creator.
In contrast with her mammoth 2009 retrospective at the Griya Santrian Gallery,
the current exhibit - "Head in the Clouds" is a minimal presentation of only 5 new works. In this edition Vooges turns her eyes skywards to acknowledge the sky, planets, moon, stars, and comets while evoking parallels with her first love - the Sea. This is best seen in "Galaxy"
and "Milky Way"
which would be at home in either of these physical realms.
One of the most powerful works in the exhibition is "Obelisk"
- an architectural work that rises up towards the stratosphere. This cluster of "Babel-like" towers speaks of inter-galactic travel and exotic structures built by alien cultures living on unknown planets. It is at once familiar and foreign, organic and manipulated, and full of hidden facets and revelations. As in all her works, it also embodies solitude, reflection and oneness. The grain and coloration's of the carefully selected woods Vooges uses add yet another dimension. These are like the sonic sub-tones that make the resonance of certain instruments richer and fully expressive.
Carole's unusual forms and textures and structure demand our full attention if we are to fully appreciate her melodies and harmonics. Tempered by female intuition and mythic-poetry, these nuances can be easily lost on those addicted to more conventional forms or those only in search of all-too-obvious crashing crescendos.
Vooge's deep connection with Bali, her home for more than two decades, shimmers beneath the surface of all her work. The Balinese traditional balance between man and nature, sky and ocean seek equilibrium in her artistic creations.
With her Head in the Clouds, Vooges latest exhibition embarks on yet another new course into the vast canvas of space.Head in the Clouds
An Exhibition of Sculptures by Carola Vooges
Ganesha Gallery at the Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay
April 7 - May 2, 2011
Open Daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
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