Natalie Guy

Night Fishing on the Nagara

2017
Bronze
Dimensions variable

$5,000 - $7,700 each
 Natalie Guy's work sits lightly within a classically modernist tradition - a tradition consigned by many to the past but one that remains persistent and perhaps as relevant as ever.
There is a wilful hybridity to her work as she chooses materials that expand and question the orthodoxies of the modernist approach to material. Guy works across various media including found object, bronze, glass and wood, making works that are at once a homage of sorts to the loaded symbolism that accompanies modernity and yet her material choices appear to dematerialise the memory of the original but not its legacy.
There are often traces of domestic objects, re-configured and re-cast, though still carrying a nostalgia for the warm and familiar. Yet these sculptures are constantly bio-morphing away from their reference points towards a modest, more open, contemporary symbolism.
One can sense a lineage back to to Hepworth and Noguchi but Guy invites the tricks and failings of memory so as to liberate the new works from that history. Increasingly the objects themselves imply site, particularly the utopian visions for example of the 1966 Sonsbeek Brutalist Pavilion by Aldo Van Eyck, Japanese internal gardens (karensansui) and Mies Van Der Rohe's Brutalist architecture and public spaces.
Against the diluted versions of modernism that contaminate so much recent corporate  and retail construction, Guys works seem to want to act as poignant momentos, if not to the lofty aims of high modernism at least to the sensitivity that accompanied the best modernist aesthetics.
Guy has exhibited frequently and has been represented in all major contemporary art awards in New Zealand over recent years. She was awarded a Merit Award in the National Contemporary Art Award 2014 and won the Woolahra Small Sculpture Award (Australia) in 2014.
Text courtesy of the Artist and Fox Jensen McCrory Gallery, Auckland.

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