Gerry KING, Toledo blade 3/05 and stand Enlarge 1 /1

Gerry KING

Australia born 1945

Toledo blade 3/05 and stand 2005 Place made: Crafers, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: glass, kiln-cast glass, steel glass: kiln-cast; steel

Dimensions: 195.0 h x 31.0 w x 30.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.350.A-B
Image rights: If using non-NGA photograph: photograph: Grant Hancock

In this work, Gerry King explores the ‘knife edge’, derived from Henry Moore’s statement that a knife seen from one angle is a flat plane and from another is a thin edge – hence the observer can have two very different perceptions of the same object. King has an interest in archaeology, and the sense of mysticism that becomes attached to objects from distant cultures, and this work is presented mounted on a metal stand like a museum artefact. King’s title for this work also makes reference to the distinctive marks made through the forging process of steel, particularly the sword weaponry traditions of Toledo, Spain.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design