ROB McLEISH  

ROB McLEISH: THE APPROACH 


Most of my drawing work is grounded in trying to destroy or aggravate an existing image.
 
I’ve been using gymnasts extensively in drawings and collages for a while now, and gradually the markings, gestures and defacements that I apply have moved towards musings on sculpture. Essentially, I have been drawing sculptures. Most of my drawing work is grounded in trying to destroy or aggravate an existing image – so it’s satisfying when something additional starts to emerge, through repetition, out of destruction.
 
Gymnasts are showcased as idealised examples of elite dexterity and their wild contortions, especially frozen mid-action, are overtly sculptural. I always wanted to take figuration (being an archetypical artistic pursuit) as a basic cue for the works and then collide, in the making process, a culturally aspirational view of creativity against a wilfully morbid and non-aspirational one. The sculptures do look like they’ve been crafted, ripped apart and then grafted back together.

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Bung eye (detail)  
  Pissing in the infinity pool
Gravity stole my eyelid (detail)  
  Have a good time


ROB McLEISH 
Bung eye (detail), 2010
cast epoxy resin, enamel, aluminium
dimensions 75 x 45 x 40 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Neon Parc, Melbourne
ROB McLEISH
Pissing in the infinity pool, 2009
enamel, aluminium
dimensions 45 x 35 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Neon Parc, Melbourne
ROB McLEISH
Gravity stole my eyelid (detail), 2011–12
5 parts: steel, UV digital print on aluminium, air-dried clay, epoxy clay, cast epoxy resin and enamel
dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Neon Parc, Melbourne
ROB McLEISH
Have a good time, 2011
cast aluminium, cast epoxy resin
dimensions 120 x 62 x 104 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Neon Parc, Melbourne

 

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