Blue Heart Gallery
Big Boys Toys by Carrie Radzevicius
Gallery Location: Ground Floor, Zone A — near Allied Health and Hospital School.
Exhibition Dates: 28 March – 30 May 2018.
Image Credit: Carrie Radzevicius, E4, 2016, charcoal on paper, 400mm x 600mm.
Adelaide artist, Carrie Radzevicius created the drawings on display in Big Boys Toys using a remote control toy truck over a surface of ground charcoal.
“The exhibition at the WCH offers an exciting opportunity to exhibit these works where they could inject some humor, fun and imagination in an environment where families may need it most.” – Carrie.
Each drawing forms one piece in a large matrix that, when placed in the correct sequence, form a massive drawing of the truck itself. The drawings were created by first dusting paper with ground charcoal and then manipulating a child’s remote control toy truck across the surface. The device was moved across the page by tilting the board to which the drawing was attached. The residual ‘tyre tracks’ created were then used as a basis to extract shapes intended to lead the viewer’s eye along the intended line. As a result, some drawings activate their space in uncommon ways – some marks exist only at the paper’s edge or in a corner. The process used to create each drawing – using a child’s toy and attempting to guide it along an intended path – is comical, playful and chaotic.
During the exhibition period, Carrie will be undertaking an artist in residence in Outpatients in the Hospital teaching young patients to create artworks using kids toys in the style of her artworks in the exhibition. Generously sponsored by Adelaide City Council and the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation, the workshops will offer patients and their families the opportunity to develop a series of large collaborative paintings to display in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition while providing an experience that is stimulating, inclusive, inspiring and creative.
More from the artist:
“In 2012 the staff at Women’s and Children’s Hospital decided to admit my son who had suffered a febrile convulsion. I remember this day clearly in my head – my son was less than a year old and had begun convulsing as reaction to a high fever caused by an ear infection. Prior to this event occurring I was aware that febrile convulsions do occur under these circumstances and are quite common; however, despite my understanding, the experience of watching my son convulse was absolutely terrifying. Women’s and Children’s did not have to admit my son for something so common, but by doing so they helped us tremendously during a period of enormous anxiety. I am grateful for their care and generosity, not only to my son but also to us, the parents. I cannot begin to think what it would be like to have to bring your child into hospital for anything worse than febrile convulsions but I would expect terror and fear beyond reproach. I (want to) not only be able to give back to the hospital that cared so well for our family, but to also offer a distraction from the worry and fear so many families and patients must undergo in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.” – Carrie.
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Download a copy of the Big Boys Toys Exhibition Brochure.