Sean McDowell’s exhibition The Repositioning of Objects that Once Functioned can be seen as an exploration of materiality, drawing on actions and operations of fitting things together. By juxtaposing distinct materials that would normally be separate, McDowell re-contextualises the manufactured forms in a way that challenges their pre-existing framework and function. Although the forms employed in the artworks reference other functional structures and everyday objects, the sculptures are located in a place between representation and abstraction. Driven by the artistic process, McDowell has worked in an intuitive, yet playful manner to construct carefully considered and refined sculptures that deal with composition, surface, colour, form and ideas surrounding display.
Sean McDowell is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture) at the Victorian College of the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include The Residue of Process, Enough Space and The Repositioning of an Object that Once Functioned, Seventh Gallery. McDowell has also been involved in group exhibitions including Group Conversations; Australia’s Shame, George Paton Gallery, Testing Sites - A public art project, The University of Melbourne and Proud 2016, Margaret Lawrence Gallery. Sean was selected as a finalist for the Mary and Lou Senini Student Art Award, McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery and Footscray Tertiary Art Prize, Victoria University at MetroWest, where he received an Honourable Mention.
Sean McDowell is the recipient of the 2017 GPG/PROUD AWARD