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THE CHANGES IN FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE LECTURE

Posted in art, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, j shed, sculpture, Uncategorized by freoview on March 28, 2018

 

There is an interesting lecture at the Greg James studio at J Shed this evening from 7-9pm.

Jason Arkles will be giving a lecture: “The origins of Renaissance sculpture – how the figure evolved from the Gothic tradition in Renaissance Italy”.

$20.00 entry fee, refreshments provided.

Jason Arkles is an art historian and sculptor and details the actual and technical stylistic changes that occurred in figurative sculpture six hundred years ago that transformed the art from little more than architectural decoration to the iconic beauty of the Florentine Renaissance.

Arkles is an American sculptor working in the traditional methods and materials one would normally associate with a sculptor in Florence. His large-scale figurative work in bronze, marble, terracotta and wood can be found in public and private spaces, museums, cemeteries, and churches in Europe and America, including on the façade of Saint Mark’s English Church, here in Florence. Trained locally in the studio of Charles H. Cecil (the human figure in clay), in Studio Sem in Pietrasanta (marble), and in a Pontifical Academy in Rome (sacred art). 

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FREO J SHED ARTIST JINA LEE IN THE MEDIA LIMELIGHT

Posted in art, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on December 31, 2017

 

Jina Lee

 

Great to see Fremantle J Shed artist Jina Lee getting a big photo in the Sunday Times today.

The Korean-born artist is an outstanding sculptor who travels all over the world to create stunning stone carvings. At the moment she is in New Zealand for a sculpture event, after having returned from Italy only recently.

The work in the Sunday Times photo is for the Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea, so go and have a look at it. It’s on from March 2-19.

Jina is one of the most delightful down to earth people one can ever meet and can be seen grinding, chiselling and polishing behind the Greg James studios at J Shed on Bathers Beach most days when she is in town.

She won the $ 10,000 Rio Tinto Emerging Sculptor Mentorship 2017.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE COAST GUARD WELCOMES VISITORS

Posted in art, fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on July 18, 2016

coast guard

 

After so much rain we need some colour in our life, so here the bright and quirky Coast Guard sculpture by J Shed artist Greg James at the Fishing Boat Harbour.

I wished our Australian border control would be more humane like Greg’s artwork.

Roel Loopers

A BEAUTIFUL SUNNY FREMANTLE DAY

Posted in elections, fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on May 30, 2016

fun with the freo fishers

 

The sun is out so a nice start of the week. Enjoy it and appreciate how special it is to live in Fremantle.

I need a bit of sunshine after the dull and uninspiring leaders debate between Turnbull and Shorten. Decided to switch the TV off after 40 minutes of repetitiveness and realising none of them has a real vision for Australia.

These kids were enjoying the great Greg James sculptures in the Fishing Boat Harbour yesterday.

Roel Loopers

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J SHED TAVERN PLANS A HEADACHE FOR LONG-TERM ARTISTS

Posted in city of fremantle, development, j shed by freoview on August 13, 2015

The Sunset Events project of a tavern at historic J Shed on Arthur Head  has taken on a new form with the City advertising for public comments on changes. The City of Fremantle seeks comment on an application received proposing- Partial change of use to Tavern (including live music), additions and alterations to existing building.

Project architects CODA write that the new plans “Significantly reduced the scale of the development. Consequentially the impact of the project both from a heritage and community aspect has also significantly reduced.”

Two things stand out for me, the first one a two stacked sea container structure as a micro brewery to the east of J Shed at the southern end, making and end to the thoroughfare to Fleet Street and the steps up to Mrs Trivett Lane and the arts studios at Captain’s Lane. That is very bad for connectivity to Victoria Quay and the cohesiveness of the Bathers Beach Art Precinct.

The proposal to have the entry to the tavern and live outdoor music venue straight next to the workshop studio of sculptor Greg James is madness. It would mean the artist would lose access to his workplace when large queues of music lovers line up in front of his door to gain access to concerts. The entry proposal also affects Greg James’ ability to use a forklift, his ute and trucks that might be needed to transport heavy sculptures from his studio to their destination. I am a big fan of CODA but to put the entry there is a stupid idea that needs to be revisited and changed, because it is unacceptable to the artist who works daily and often on weekends at his workshop. A new operator should not interfere with his livelihood and restrict access to his lease at any time of the day or week.

I also wonder about the planned extension of the boardwalk from Kidogo Arthouse, which the City of Fremantle wanted to create good connectivity between the Fishing Boat Harbour and the Maritime Museum and Victoria Quay. The tavern proposal would mean the pathway would have to go around the restricted live music area of the A Class Reserve, heading west to then come back east to north to Victoria Quay. That creates a wayfinding problem and might stop people from using the north south/south north direction. It also limits the visitors to the art galleries of J Shed as they can only come in from the north and no longer from the Fishing Boat Harbour direction.

In my opinion this is a selfish plan where Sunset Events rides rough shot over the long-term artists who have been at J Shed for twenty years. These plans need to be changed to show more respect and consideration for the existing operators at J Shed.

Roel Loopers

STUNNING RAM ARTWORK BY GREG JAMES

Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on July 3, 2015

ram 1 ram 2

Fremantle artist Greg James has created yet another stunning sculpture at his J Shed studio on Bathers Beach. The original fibre glass version of this huge ram was commissioned by the wheatbelt town of Katanning.

This brand new ram is for sale so if you’ve got a great spot for it in your garden, farm, or a local council playground, contact Greg and you’ll probably get a bargain for around $ 16,000.

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GREG JAMES’ ANZAC SCULPTURE FOR SUBIACO

Posted in anzac, art, fremantle, greg james by freoview on April 16, 2015

Greg James bronze pour

It is going to be a huge ANZAC Day this year and Fremantle sculptor Greg James is doing his bit for it with the creation of a bronze of a young soldier sitting on the steps of the war memorial in Subiaco.

Yesterday they poured the first bronze of the torso at J Shed on Bathers Beach.

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SALT SCULPTURE AT BATHERS BEACH

Posted in art, fremantle, sculpture@bathers by freoview on March 12, 2015

simon g 1

Simon Gilby is an amazing artist and an amazingly nice bloke for someone so successful. You can see his public art all over Perth and he has exhibited extensively. Simon’s work was put up on a small ‘island’ in Bathers Bay this morning as part of SCULPTURE@BATHERS.

The work is made out of salt and intended to deteriorate when wind, water and sea salt attack it, and that might be much earlier than hoped for with very bad weather forecast for Sunday. Don’t miss it though! A good vantage point is just at the start of the South Mole opposite Challenger TAFE.

S@B starts this weekend and runs till March 29.

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ART ON THE FREO BEACH

Posted in art, fremantle, sculpture@bathers by freoview on March 11, 2015

There is a hive of creative activity at Bathers Beach with more and more artists installing their works for the Fremantle 2015 SCULPTURE@BATHERS. The new T-shirts have arrived, programs printed, the Kelp Bar is made ready for reopening on the weekend, and it is all a lot of fun and very positive.

Congratulations to J Shed artist Jina Lee, who is showing at S@B on the grass south of Kidogo Arthouse. She sold all three works she has on show at Sculptures by the Beach in Cottesloe. Well done Jina. Your work is stunning! (The photo bottom right is a Jina Lee)

Here some more photos.

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FREO’S ART PRECINCT NEEDS QUALITY

Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on July 16, 2014

Arthur Head

 

Just an observation. The City of Fremantle claims that they have a long list of artists and arts organisations who want to move into the Bathers Beach Art Precinct, but the No 1 studio at J Shed has been empty for months, and it does not look exactly  as if anyone is in a hurry to move into the cottage at Captain’s Lane, vacated by Mutima Art, either. I hear the next door neighbours from the Wild Twig Gallery might want to take over that cottage as well.

To establish a decent art precinct at Arthur Head the city needs to be more selective about the quality of art they want to have up there. Mediocrity is not going to attract the masses, I fear, so pro-actively trying to get some top and well-established artists up on the heritage hill would be a very good way forward. What it needs is artists of the calibre of sculptor Greg James, photographer Glen Cowans, and ceramic artist Jenny Dawson, who are great assets to the Fremantle arts scene and the Bathers Beach Art Precinct.

Roel Loopers

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