Sculpture. Expectations of traditional carving at Hazelhurst NSW. Alex Seton

Sculpture. Expectations of traditional carving at Hazelhurst NSW. Alex Seton
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Sculpture. Expectations of traditional carving at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery NSW. Alex Seton: Roughing Out. 31 August – 13 October 2013.


Alex Seton Video Still, The Alchemic Cycle, infinite loop 9:02 mins.

Roughing Out is a first for Seton as he breaks away from his usual hyper-real, finely carved marble sculptures and focuses not so much on the finished object but on the sense of process.

This exhibition explores the raw material of marble and the expectations of traditional carving practice through video, sculpture and performance. Sculpture and video works are presented alongside a series of unexpected installations made from dust and recycled marble waste.

Working with the geological structure of marble, Seton has used its capacity for metamorphosis as the subject of his new video The Alchemic Cycle (2013). Part still-life, part documentary, the video shows, in a continuous loop, the destruction and reconstitution of a block of marble.

Also central to the current works is The Recursive Time Machine an old pantograph milling machine which sits encased in a clear acrylic structure. Seton uses the pantograph to mechanically carve marble reproductions of digitally generated life-size threedimensional plastic ‘prints’ of his hands.

Complementing the video and performance aspect of the exhibition are works that convey the production of the transformative process. Half is made from a single block of marble that has a natural fault running through it. Seton has carved a glass of milk from one half of the block and a milk container from the other. The refuse generated from the carving has been used to fill a stack of identical milk glasses that surround the carvings.

In Dust Hinterglasmalerei (2013) Seton again recycles the carving refuse by using it to produce a series of word-images where the graphic (and material) appearance is as important as their meaning or message. Dust Drawings presents words, written in dust, and held in place by a sheet of Plexiglas, making explicit the playfulness underlying Seton’s practice. Many of the readymade and often clichéd expressions and phrases used, such as song lyrics, ‘Time is on my side’, ‘Making it up as I go along’, and ‘I was here’, have their origins in random notes Seton has scrawled on his studio whiteboard since 2004.

Roughing Out presents a unique opportunity to experience and understand Seton’s practice, his journeys of experiment and evolution to date.

There will be a series of free talks and performances by Alex Seton in the Regional Gallery during the exhibition period.

For further details please visit

On Show: 31 August – 13 October 2013.

At: Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, 782 Kingsway, Gymea NSW.

Open: Daily 10am – 5pm.

Admission: Free


Alex Seton. Half 2013, Satuario marble, glass stone: 56 x 39 x 55 cm, carton stone: 73 x 39 x 40 cm, 250kgs each.

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