Artist and Sculptor Terry Summers launches his book Terry Summers RECYCLED – A Decade of Waste Cardboard Sculpture 1999-2009 at 11 am on Saturday 2 July at the Noosa Regional Gallery, opened by Nina Shadforth, Gallery Curator, Cultural Heritage and Collections, Libraries and Galleries, Sunshine Coast Council.
Terry Summers is a celebrated Australian artist, sculptor, environmentalist, political commentator and humanitarian; whose chosen medium is waste cardboard.
RECYCLED recounts Terry’s childhood; his artistic journey from early wood carvings, early life drawings, oils, pastels and sandstone sculptures culminating in the past decade of his recycled cardboard works, installations and exhibitions presented in chronological years. Narrated by the author, RECYCLED is illustrated with line drawings and full colour photographs.
Terry derives inspiration from the everyday and the ordinary, while instilling his own odd twist, using his chosen medium of recycled cardboard to illustrate his abhorrence of waste in today’s society and to make comment on political events.
His environmentalism began in 1999 during his final year at Queensland College of Art – he chose environmentalism as an elective and found out over 80% of the trees cut down are pulped to make paper and cardboard. His first use of waste cardboard was to create an artwork as a protest against deforestation and the loss of habitat for animals in the wild.
“Deforestation disturbed me and I decided to make a protest”
Further potent protests followed as Terry responded to political events with his powerful sculptural installations ‘Waiting’, which consisted of ‘Waiting Room’ and ‘Waiting to be Processed’ a protest about the long time that detainees were kept in custody and was inspired by the sinking of the refugee boat Tampa. ‘Waiting Room’ was shown in the National Gallery of Australia.
Terry Summers brings to life characters that audiences can identify from their own sphere of acquaintances. It is the personality, meaning and emotion they inspire that is so familiar to us.
His creations have a humorous, sympathetic vein to them, endearing larger-than life characters - oddly human and strangely familiar in nature,
Written with gentleness, humility and a wicked sense of humour, RECYCLED is beautifully photographed and sensitively edited. - It is indeed an artwork in itself.
“Just like a lion tamer is to a lion, Terry (the cardboard whisperer) tames waste cardboard, manipulating it to behave in a most submissive way; forcing a dual relationship of inanimate and animate together into sensitive and meaningful sculptural forms - All of which are admired with great curiosity and affection. Terry's cardboard characters exude quirky personalities, which stir humour and empathy, all the while existing as a quiet protest about the impacts of waste paper on our environment.
RECYCLED is an honest, tongue-in-cheek self-portrait of the artist and his work, expressed in a dialogue of utmost frankness and humour.” Nina Shadforth, Gallery Curator, Cultural Heritage and Collections, Sunshine Coast Council.
Artist and Sculptor, Terry Summers' new book "Terry Summers RECYCLED – A Decade of Waste Cardboard Sculpture 1999-2009" to be launched at 11am on Saturday 2 July at the Noosa Regional Gallery.
Terry Summers - Recycled
Noosa Regional Gallery, Tewantin
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