There are two themes that I explore in my work, the first explores our relationship to a constructed urban habitat, and the next our relationship to a constructed culture. This piece, Minimal Technology 1 belongs to the latter.
Specifically, this work, and others like it, explore the way we fetishise and project ourselves onto and through the communications technology that is transforming culture, and proposes that to a large extent, that it is our desires and needs that define our machines as opposed to the machines that define us.
Brettle uses sculptural materials and techniques to create works that he would like the viewer to appreciate the coherence of the subject. The works should be seen as not only an object commenting on a theme, but as a whole, including the relevance of the materials that it is made from.
wood laminate on MDF
50 x 50 x 50 cm
Judges of the 2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Lisa Havilah (Director of Carriageworks), Justin Miller (International Art Advisor and former Chairman of Sotheby's Australia) and Gretel Packer (Arts Patron and Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW).
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