When Gravity Eludes Me: Sculptures by Brian Sanstrom

Brian Sanstrom, Waiting for the Present  2014  Oak, pine, plaster, 400 x 100 x 100cm
Brian Sanstrom, Waiting for the Present 2014 Oak, pine, plaster, 400 x 100 x 100cm


A poignant exhibition bringing to light the multiple ways we can accept the life cycle in all its complexities will be on show in the Visy Foyer at Brisbane Powerhouse from 14 July to 2 August.

The work of Queensland College of Art Doctoral candidate Brian Sanstrom coincides with his thesis and already established practice surrounding the human condition.

“From birth to death we all, in a multitude of ways, struggle to assert our independence, our sense of self and to understand our place in the world,” he explains.

“When life is coming to an end, either through the natural ageing processes or more particularly when illness besets us, we may choose to contemplate and reflect on our life, and consider its’ significance.

“Faced with our own mortality, reasoning can often give way to acceptance and finally peace.”

It is within this zone, somewhere between acknowledging death’s inevitability and remembering and honouring those who have passed, that moved Brian to develop his sculptural work.

The pieces stand as testament, he says, to physical care, bodily communion with medicine, and finally, their absence from the world as we know it. But it is not just a commentary on acceptance.

“This work aims to assist us to not only remember and give honour, but to truly know that person and thus gain a greater understanding of ourselves and our place on earth.”

The free exhibition offers a visual dialogue to encourage discussion, debate and emotion around this unique stage of life.

When Gravity Eludes Me

Opening Night: Tuesday 21 July from 6:00pm

RUNS: Tuesday 14 July – Sunday 2 August

HOURS: Monday: 9.00am – 5.00pm / Tuesday to Sunday: 9.00am – 9.00pm

LOCATION: Visy Foyer, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm

Media Contact: Lauren Marino, 0418 799 544, [email protected]