Hold Your Head Up / Objects of Interest
Hold Your Head Up' is the latest sculpture by Australian artist Luke Chiswell, showcasing as one of the works in the Nishi Gallery exhibition Shake It Up curated by Professor David Williams AM and Anna Trundle. While some might call it a step in a new direction for the mixed-media artist, it’s actually a refreshing (and much larger) revision of the first sculpture he crafted early in his career. With its oversized head and hands resting gently atop a pair of spindly legs, this character is as gentle and awkward as it is strong and poised. It’s a piece that begs you to look deeper, well beyond the playful façade. And yes, it’s more than just a thinker on two legs taking on the burden of a head full of dreams: it’s a post-modern ode to staying positive, stoking confident fires, and knowing that a surreal perspective is often the only way to live.
Objects of Interest is a large-scale artwork on display outside Dionysus on the corner of Edinburgh Ave and Phillip Law St. You won't miss it.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Luke Chiswell is a visual artist working primarily in abstract painting and sculpture. His work is largely characterized by a liberal use of foraged materials to methodically explore formal and thematic ideas. Chiswell’s work frequently explores the fundamental paradox that inspiration - often a fleeting revelation - results in artifacts: our attempt to tangibly ‘capture’ that moment. And yet, the resulting object persists.