Soft Sculpture is showing at the National Gallery of Australia until 12 July. Soft sculpture surveys the impact of unconventional materials on three-dimensional art practice over the last five decades

Soft Sculpure at the NGA

One of the foremost proponents of Pop art, Claes Oldenburg is credited as the creator of soft sculpture. Throughout the 1960s, he made oversized hamburgers and pieces of cake in vinyl stuffed with kapok, and miniature, collapsible canvas objects such as drum sets, which offer wry commentary on the dominance of fast food and mass culture.

Image captions:

Lucas SAMARAS, Box no. 85 1973, pins and stones on cardboard, 27.1 x 44.8 x 28.6 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1981. © Lucas Samaras, Courtesy Pace Wildenstein

Claes OLDENBURG, Soft alphabet 1978, wood, cloth, sand, stencil 16/16, edition of 16 plus 11 proofs
signed, in black pen “Oldenburg” [verso of box] box (closed) 74.2 (h) x 56.4 (w) x 7.2 (d) cm. Purchased 1982
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra NGA 1982.1270.1-43 © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen

Kathy TEMIN, Duck-rabbit problem 1991, synthetic fur on composition board, cotton, dacron, polystyrene, wire and enamel paint. 52.5 x 187.8 x 124.0 cm installation variable. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of the Rudy Komon Fund, Governor, 1998. Image courtesy of the artist

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Amazing crochet orangutan sculptural toy from planet june – just gorgeous.


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craftzine points us to this fantastic telephone sculpture from jek in the box


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Installations by Merinda Kelly at Über Gallery, 52 Fitzroy St, St Kilda Victoria. 05 – 30 December

A series of assemblages made from everyday and precious objects. Placed within framed boxes and behind glass, the assemblages are reminiscent of traditional museum exhibition. Kelly’s works allude to issues of mass production, globalisation and materialism, in addition to perceptions of aesthetics and value.


I love this post at supernaturale – detailed instructions on how to do crochet sculpture. Also check out this related post – a pattern for a crochet baby octopus.

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