geoff overheu

the inevitability of laughter

19 august - 17 september 2011

Geoff Overheuís exhibition of remarkable new work centres on the kangaroo.

Geoff is a sculptor whose work for several years has been inspired by his experience working on the land as a farmer. For this intimate exhibition of new work he has cast in bronze the head and several arms of a kangaroo. The arms, finishing in paws with ferocious looking claws, gently cradle things of fragility, such as a light globe or a crystal ball. Other pieces incorporate solar technology, with one paw holding a solar panel and the other a light, or a petri dish with a small solar powered toy insect.

Several pieces have a surface ornamentation of lace or tribal tattoo patterning. It visually allows the viewer to appreciate them as a purely decorative object, whilst repulsing them at the same time. The patterns subtly refer to the contemporary fashion of body ornamentation with tattoos, as well as to the branding and marking of animals in farming practice to identify them.

The kangaroo is a strong Australian symbol, representing the difference and distance between Australia and the rest of the world. It is tied to images of the land, our coat of arms, found on our coins, logos and mascots. Itís our unofficial national animal emblem.

However, kangaroos can be the bane of a farmerís life, especially in heavily cleared farmlands in periods of low rainfall. They damage fences, eat and trample crops, and compete with domestic livestock for water and grazing lands as they travel further seeking food and shelter. Geoff was a fourth generation farmer for twenty-five years, and still lives on the land. He knows the kangaroo habits and its symbolic significance intimately.

Geoff studied Fine Arts at Central TAFE in Perth, graduating in 2001. He went on to obtain a degree from Curtin University in 2003 and a BA Hons in Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne in 2004. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition in Basel last year. Geoffís work can found in several public, private and corporate collections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

geoff overheu artwork
looking for icarus
bronze, solar component
24 x 30 x 15cm
2011
$2,800
geoff overheu artwork
buck
bronze
32 x 28 x 19cm
2011
$2,800
geoff overheu artwork
touching the echo
bronze
10 x 9 x 12cm
2011
$990
geoff overheu artwork
wheatbelt pop
bronze
7 x 8 x 11cm
2011
$990 sold
geoff overheu artwork
reaching for the echo
bronze
16 x 12 x 22cm
2011
$1,300
geoff overheu artwork
holding the echo
bronze
18 x 20 x 10cm
2011
$1,400
geoff overheu artwork
stop/pause
bronze
34 x 12 x 17cm
2011
$1,700
geoff overheu artwork
most things are ok
bronze
20 x 13 x 16cm
2011
$1,200
geoff overheu artwork
my second cousin's brother's kid
bronze
14 x 13 x 16cm
2011
$1,200
geoff overheu artwork
blessed 1
bronze, mixed media
28 x 9 x 23cm
2011
$1,500
geoff overheu artwork
blessed 2
bronze, mixed media
32 x 10 x 18cm
2011
$1,500
geoff overheu artwork
south central wheatbelt
bronze
12 x 47 x 8cm
2011
$2,800 sold
geoff overheu artwork
deficit
bronze, mirrors
24 x 11 x 24cm
2011
$1,700
geoff overheu artwork
form your own corporation
bronze, glass, solar component
18 x 13 x 29cm
2011
$1,700
geoff overheu artwork
deficit 2
bronze, mirror
20 x 13 x 22cm
2011
$1,700
geoff overheu artwork
emergency bankruptcy
bronze, mixed media
18 x 9 x 29cm
2011
$1,600
geoff overheu artwork
corporate pop
bronze, glass
30 x 33 x 23cm
2011
$2,800
geoff overheu artwork
ferals
bronze, mirror
19 x 12 x 17cm
2011
$1,500
geoff overheu artwork
play/pause/stop/play
bronze, solar component
33 x 39 x 31cm
2011
$3,000
geoff overheu artwork
macropod akitsaws
bronze
27 x 27 x 8cm
2011
$2,400
geoff overheu artwork
light of the world
bronze, solar component
53 x 39 x 17cm
2011
$3,000
geoff overheu artwork
i cannot reconcile what i feel with what i see
bronze
9 x 7 x 16cm
2011
$1,100
geoff overheu artwork
everything that was left was mine
bronze
39 x 23 x 17cm
2010
$2,400
geoff overheu artwork
touched
bronze
35 x 10 x 10cm
2011
$1,700
geoff overheu artwork
darwin's dilemma
polyester resin, metal ring
30 x 30 x 22cm
2011
$1,800