Exhibition opening Saturday the 9th 2-4pm of April at Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney.
Porous and quivering is a quote from philosopher Jane Bennett referring to the vitality of metal. She describes how the microstructure of metal is far from internally uniform, made of mostly curved-edge and irregular polyhedra, loose atoms, voids and cracks. These metal grains, gaps and ‘quivering free atoms’ are in constant conversation, pressing on and responding to their neighbours in shifting feedback spirals and porous boundaries.
The show runs until 26th April.
With a 15 year association with Ukrainian blacksmiths Will has decided to donate 10% of all sales to support Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war with Russia.
An abstract sculpture by Will has been selected as the winner of the sculpture section at the 2022 Newcastle Show. The works, called ‘Brick forms’ incorporated hand forged steel elements combined with carved ‘convict bricks’ in such as way as to bring visual life to these commonly considered inert materials. The Judges were Ahn Wells and Kara Wood.
Metal design International 2022 published by Hephaistos features Will’s work. This hardcover coffee table book exhibits 7 of the best metal designers globally and includes a 32 page chapter of Will’s work and process. His work is also featured prominently on the cover. It includes many images and all text is written in both English and German. The book is available online including from Artisan ideas https://www.artisanideas.com/home.jhtm and other places.
Will is a finalist on the North Sydney art prize at The Coal Loader center for sustainability in Waverly. His work Foreign Connections m3 is just to the right of the main entrance. There is 115 works on exhibit in the show and well worth a look.
Check out https://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/Community_Services/Arts_Culture/North_Sydney_Art_Prize/North_Sydney_Art_Prize_2019 for details.
Interested in breathing new life into metal items of worth, combating the excesses of consumer culture and reducing waste? Do you have worn or damaged (metal) items of some intrinsic value in need of repair?
Join skilled blacksmiths & tradesmen from the Artist Blacksmiths Association NSW (ABA NSW) who will be on hand to apply some of the practical skills that are held in the community, to restore and repair items that are broken or damaged.
Everyone is invited to the Blacksmiths Repair day at blacksmith Will Maguire’s workshop in Elderslie, (just outside Branxton). A day long celebration of repair and a display of forged ironwork by skilled volunteer blacksmiths and proudly supported by the University of Newcastle.
A delicious, local, seasonal lunch and refreshments will be provided by slow food hunter valley volunteers. A donation of $5 for lunch and $2 for refreshments.
What will be repaired:
Generally, iron or steel objects of some inherent value.
Hand tools such as garden tools, shovels, forks, mattocks etc, hammers, axes or adzes, pry bars, spud bars etc these can have their working edge/face forged out and dressed and heat treated, bars can be straightened and re pointed, items can be welded etc.
Household items: re-attach saucepan handles, or repair utensils, weld or straighten frames, brackets or handles, brazing of cast iron may be possible but will depend on item.
Small mechanical repairs, welding, riveting, bolting together etc (not car or engine repairs)
Farming equipment, straighten bent parts etc see hand tools (above).
Decorative objects. Quality ornamental ironwork such as candle holders, recipe holders, plate racks etc.
We have forging and fabrication facilities so will be able to forge, weld, braze, solder, grind, rivet, bend/straighten, heat treat etc. Time will be limited so unfortunately, we will not be able to take on large repairs and will be limited to 2 repairs per person.
A small donation for each repair will be asked, with all donations going to Slow Food Hunter Valley to help educate kids on the value and source of their food.
Please call or email in advance to discuss the suitability of your repair job. Items will be taken as they arrive and repaired based on the availability of our skilled volunteers.
Last weekend at Lake Light Sculpture Jindabyne Will’s large outdoor sculpture ‘Contrary man (large)’ was awarded the Australian National University residency award. A three week residency at the sculpture workshop of Australia’s highest ranking University. It should be a wonderful opportunity to learn from some of the cleverest minds in sculpture. Big thanks to Lake light and the ANU for the offering up this opportunity.
Will is part of a group exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries in Sydney in September. The show is called Black and White and works on paper consisting of a selection of represented and selected artists with works covering a diverse cross section of mediums.
Last week we installed the North Wagga Pontoon in North Wagga
A Pontoon rises and falls with the waves and tides yet are held in place by strong pillars that guide them. An appropriate metaphor for the North Wagga community.
North Wagga is at times buffeted by the waters of the mighty Murrumbidgee. Causing headache and heart ache. In times of hardship the North Wagga community show strength and generosity of spirit. Sticking together, supporting each other and not shying away from hard work. A resilient and stoic people who shall not be moved.
This sculptural seat will float on the waters of future floods yet be held in place by the strong committed pillar at its core. Weathering the storm and coming down to rest once more to support generations of smiling strong North Wagga locals.
The engraved pictures where drawn by students of North Wagga public school and members of the North Wagga progress association.
Design and construction of the North Wagga Pontoon was by Will Maguire.
A Wagga Wagga city council project.
Big thanks to everyone who helped make this a reality. In particular, thanks to Alenspar steel and Helio systems both from Comma for their help fabricating the circular seat.
Next month at Traffic Jam Galleries in Sydney’s Neutral Bay there will be an exhibition of forged sculpture, Journey of Expectations. It will emphasise the solitary human figure, the way we as individuals move and react with the world we live in.
The space will be shared with Blue mountains Painter Tracy Dodds.
Exhibition runs 2-23rd of March
Opening: Saturday 4th March 3-5pm, all welcome.
Traffic Jam Galleries – 41 Military Rd Neutral Bay NSW 2089
I would love it if you went and had a look and possibly purchased a work.
We would also be keen to hear constructive feedback.
March is ‘Art Month’ so there is all kinds of things happening all over Sydney….get your art on.
The Ypres international blacksmith event happened last month where Will represented Australia as a master blacksmith. This coming together of hundreds of blacksmiths from around the world for a 6 day festival in memory of all the lives lost during WW1. for more information go to the Ypres2016 website.
A lot of thanks must go to the Artist Blacksmith association of NSW, Gameco Artisan supplies and the many many community members who supported Will for this event.