Cosmic Resonance

Augustine DALL’AVA

Augustine DALL’AVA
France/Australia born 1950, arrived Australia 1955
Cosmic resonance 2011
Painted steel and aluminium

While Dall’Ava’s smaller-scale sculptures juxtapose geometric forms – mostly cubes, rectangles and cones made of laminated marble – with assorted found objects such as pebbles, larger stones and multi-forked

sticks, his full-scale works like this heroic column are reduced to simple, geometrical elements of lustrous colour that are fabricated with a flawless industrial finish.

With its monumental scale and stacked and inverted cones, Cosmic resonance is reminiscent of Constantin Brancusi’s Endless Columns variously carved in wood or constructed in metal.

While the term ‘cosmic resonance’ occurs in early Chinese philosophy, it is used here as a title in reference to planetary systems and cosmic forces generally. The uppermost element is like a stylized crescent moon – a familiar motif in Dall’Ava’s oeuvre – pierced by an elongated cone suggestive of the colossal energies and electromagnetic resonance of the universe.

With his close associates, Geoffrey Bartlett and Anthony Pryor, Dall’Ava trained initially at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He undertook post-graduate study at Monash University. Subsequently, Dall’Ava’s work has revealed a sympathy with the surrealist imagery of artists including Jean Arp, Yves Tanguy and Giorgio di Chirico.

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