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Lunar Circle No. 4

The moon has a powerful allure, brimming with beauty, legend and myth. Its constant presence reminds us of the heavenly bodies beyond our own planet, the vastness of our solar system and the timeless nature of the world we live in. As it orbits the earth, the moon seemingly changes appearance due to its position …

Strobe Series

Persian Strobe No 1

The Strobe works are abstract large-scale paintings referencing waves of bending, twisting light whose vivid bands of colour are a contrast to the subtlety of Borgelt’s earlier work. The rich, intense hues bring a drama to Borgelt’s oeuvre while keeping true to the artist’s ever-present concern with exploration of optical effects. The foundation of this …

Liquid Light

Liquid Light 56 Degrees

Just like the changing light from morning to nightfall of any day, the Liquid Light works change with the viewer’s movements, each one opening and closing like the pupil of an eye. Every degree of movement reveals yet another image where the game between artwork and viewer endlessly unfolds. ______________________________________________________________________________ ‘A return to the painted …

Macrocosmos Sculptures

Syd Contemporary Installs

Every universal body is in constant motion governed by an individual heartbeat possessing its own rhythm. The pulse of the heartbeat can be measured mathematically and subsequently, each mathematical sequence becomes a system for understanding the relationship of the human being to the greater universe and to time itself. Our moon, as it orbits the …

Tsukimi Series (Glass)

Tsukimi Worlds

Venetian Tsukimi is an arresting, complex piece, intriguing for its originality and mystery. It comprises sixteen Murano glass spheres, progressing from pure crystal to solid black and representing the phases of the moon. The full grandeur of the spheres is revealed on repeated viewing, with the layers of silver leaf and crystal gradually displaying their …

2007 Flux & Permanence

EXHIBITION:Sherman Galleries
17 August – 8 September 2007

Marion Borgelt is interested in how light behaves in certain environments: how it bends, folds and curls. She’s interested in sequential movement that calibrates time and change in a universe of perpetual motion. Hence, some of her work will look like sequential shifts in the lunar cycle, or star dust clusters in far, distant space or even folded forms symbolising warps or shadows in the spatial matrix between physical objects. Flux &  Permanence takes on a theme of macrocosm and investigates, as well, scientific patterns and diagrams designed to explain phenomena in the natural world.

Catalogue Essay

A Pulse Under the Skin

Ideology is a kind of vast membrane enveloping everything. We have to know that this skin exists even if it encloses us like a net or like closed eyelids. Hélène Cixous.

The eye generates its own electrical activity through a continuous flow of pulsing synapses. This energy enlivens the body at a cellular level and creates the ability for sudden flight, sultry attraction, danger or desire. Even when the eyelids are closed there is a realm of nocturnal phosphorescence that evokes a memory of the physical world. This is the work of a layered eye immersed in looking, shaping, responding and creating through pulses that ripple their way down the cortex of the nervous system.

Marion Borgelt’s work has always been layered with an embodied sense of vision. While her work has been considered in terms that reference feminist practice or an interest in the sensual encounter with objects, a more unusual trajectory points to this aspect of material insight. Standing in the presence of her works is an exercise in heightened perception, increased pleasure and a tantalising awareness of knowing something more.

The more, in this new suite of works (Strobe Series), comes with the crackle of imbued light and kinetic energy. Wall works flash with the luminescence of bending light that illuminates the space of the viewer, in turn bending gravity and stability in that space. We are made to feel through our own bodies the twist and tilt of time. These works flicker under the skin and inside the very push and pull of existence. They allow us to speculate about the measures through which we normally contain our lives. The physicality of the work acting through visual pleasure gives us an opportunity to contemplate the laws of nature and their metaphysical and scientific resonance.

The sculptural installations – Tsukimi Variation No. 1 (Japanese Moon Viewing ceremony), Lunar Arc and Lunar Circle – allude to the sequential measure of time and evoke the orbits of the moon or planets. Borgelt’s objects visualise or map the unseen but quintessential influences of these celestial bodies on our own sense of space and being. The sequences and intervals in the work track the ebb and flow of tidal pulse in a world perpetually in motion. At the same time there exists the possibility of a still point within continual flux.

This suite of works takes our interest to the vast reaches of physical space as well as the microcosm of cellular life. Borgelt is interested in investigating both the phenomena of organic activity and the scientific vocabulary that arises from ideas like string theory and the search for the underlying order of things in a complex but elegant universe.

Borgelt creates evocative forms that lie at the edge of language. The fundamental units of this vocabulary concern the measurement of time and the abstracted if not mysterious nature of light, space and kinetics. The manifold possibilities of art emerge in the unlikely context of the mathematical calligraphy of scientific theory. In all their beautiful physicality, Borgelt’s works provide a ritual site for a theatre of the spirit.

– Rod Pattenden, 2007