An inflatable art installation by artists Matthew Aberline and Maurice Goldberg from the Goldberg Aberline Studio (GAS).
Maurice Goldberg was an architect and a corporate leader. Matthew Aberline was a feature film and live performance designer. Together they created GAS to create immersive art experiences for art lovers around the world. Their work is based on a constant quest to develop, research and create new ideas. Their work is placed where the hand crafted object meets digital processes, and accordingly it has been increasingly important that their work maintains "the touch of the artist's hand".
GAS's work is often influenced by the natural world, and their fascination for what they believe is an endlessly scaleable natural aesthetic. “Imagine you’re standing at the ocean’s edge and you see how the waves have made ripples out of the sand, and then you look at the sky and see that the wind has made the same ripples out the clouds but at a huge scale. Microcosm borrows that same natural visual language and so the forms that could be synapses, or galaxies… “
Their process always begins with scribbling, the two artists drafting up ideas in a very fast and spontaneous way. Then they start developing their fabric designs, and use a combination of paint of paper, iPad apps, and photoshop to create designs that are highly digital but still feel very warm and organic.
“It’s really important to us that our fabric designs feel like a human made them. For Microcosm we wanted it from a distance to read like a coral reef, but upon closer inspection for the viewer to realise it’s a crazy splash of scribbles and paint.”
The works are all manufactured by the artists and their team. Goldberg was an architect, and Aberline a designer thats specialised in textiles, so together they are able to create architecturally sized fabric objects. The final part of the development of the works often sees the artists standing on tall ladders adding and adjusting the work in its last stages of sculpting.
“We have a lot of specialised manufacturing equipment that means we can create works that are incredibly light, but incredibly strong. A lot of our fabrics are actually the same as those used in super yachts."
The Goldberg Aberline Studio have shown their work at VIVID, the Museum of Contemporary Art, have collaborated with Jimmy Choo and First Nations artists Sharon and Kaye Warrie, and have been invited to create an installation.
Image credit: Tamarama Beach, Sculpture by the Sea, detail. Courtesy Goldberg Aberline Studio
This projectis supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW