The practice of multi-awarded sculptor James Gardiner traverses transdisciplinary boundaries of industrial design, technology development, materials science, marine biology, architecture, mechanical engineering and sculpture. For Gardiner, the greatest creative opportunities dwell in the gaps between formal professions, carving open fertile spaces for experimentation and innovation. His tactile exploration of form and surface responds to the agglomeration of cities over time, casting conceptual and visual links with geological phenomena such as rock erosion and stratification. Gardiner is in awe of the ways natural systems surpass any of humanity’s most sophisticated mechanisms. His sculptural practice centres on the manual, the handmade and the analogue. It represents a return of the human hand in an age of digitisation and automation.
After completing a Bachelor of Architecture with honours, Gardiner completed a Doctor of Philosophy at RMIT in 2010 and was a leading voice in the field of 3D fabrication. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney and was featured at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in 2018.
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