Shim is the celebration of an item used on a daily basis within the building industry. They are commonly used as a spacer or levelling device in the construction industry. They come in many sizes and configurations.
I chose to combine a 3mm and a 5mm shim of different sizes. The shims have been machined out of brass and welded together to form a playful arrangement which emphasizes the beauty of the every day. They form a junction that celebrates the rigid nature and basic structure of their design.
Shim has been made to the scale of the original objects, a scale which to most viewers would be a scaled down model of a larger work.
Rocket Mattler was born in 1966 in Takapuna, New Zealand and lives and works in Sydney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photography from RMIT University and has exhibted widely as a photographer.
18 x 15 x 11 cm
Special Commendation Award; Finalist
Judges of the 2015 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Dr Michael Brand (Director of the Art Gallery of NSW), Penelope Seidler AM (Arts Patron and Director of Harry Seidler & Associates) and Barbara Flynn (International Curatorial Advisor).