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On display on Level 1


United Kingdom born 1963

  • to Australia 1963

Illuminate 2011 Place made: Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: glass, glass: cast, ground, polished Support: metal lugs

Dimensions: 57.5 h x 57.5 w x 17.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2013
Accession No: NGA 2013.724

Richard Whiteley explores space through voids and solids, manipulating the light-transmitting properties of glass. This cast disc is ‘built’ from a sliver-edged and slit-like void, with material density, volume and colour intensity increasing towards its rim, where the coarse marks of the cast are deliberately left visible. This strategy heightens the tension between the work’s defining edge and the polished concavity of its interior, resulting in a work of commanding, yet subtle presence.

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