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    Dion Horstmans' Speed Flight and Motion through Heavy Metal

    "I’m incredibly passionate about what I do, it’s all I do. It’s a life of solitude and self doubt, constantly second guessing yourself. I’m making these pieces that are static and still….but I’m referencing speed and flight and motion." Dion Horstmans describes his passion for design.

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    Dion Horstmans strong, dynamic works embody his infinite energy. In his journey to become a full time artist, Horstmans spent over a decade in the film industry, constructing props and models for movie sets – a period that sparked his curiosity for large scale works made with industrial materials. A true challenge chaser, Horstmans strives to depict fluid movement through his static structures; strong lines join to create forceful, multi-dimensional works.

    The play of light and shade is the overarching theme in Horstmans practice. Graphic works are transformed as light is captured and reflected. Shifting shadows become part of each work as Horstmans endeavours to freeze time with tangible shadows.

    His Islander heritage and keen interest in ethnography sees tribal patterns and motifs underpin Horstmans’ entire body of work. Strong lines and geometric repetition echo the decorative tessellations of tribal art, while its’ strength and longevity is embodied by Horstmans trademark use of steel.

    Exhibiting professionally since 1995, Horstmans is a busy and prolific artist. Backed by an impressive list of group and solo shows, Horstmans has completed numerous major commercial commissions and a swathe of public art works. His intuitive understanding of form ensures there is a unity and dynamism between his works and their surroundings.

    Could you tell us about yourself: Do you recall the first piece that you ever made and what was the inspiration behind this? "10 foot tall and bullet proof, New Zealand born, aussie based, bought up between the cook islands and nz. The first sculpture i ever made was a little soap stone piece I carved with a pocket knife, totally inspired by a girl I was seeing, all curves. I would have been 22. The first steel piece I assembled would have been in 96, while working on the Matrix."

    What is fundamental to your practice – Your philosophy and your process?  "My practice, I turn up in the studio every day….well, 5-6 days a week, I treat it like a job, I do a minimum of 7 hours. there are days when not  a lot is happening. I’ll sweep the floor, clean,, organise…it’s about being present and problem solving. 

    What do you want people to know most about and you and your artwork? "I’m incredibly passionate about what I do, it’s all I do. It’s a life of solitude and self doubt, constantly second guessing yourself. I’m making these pieces that are static and still….but I’m referencing speed and flight and motion."

    Where would we have seen your work? Some of the most impressive projects delivered on? "I’m hoping your seeing my work on your wall, or in the foyer of your office. Public works by nature are impressive….they may not resonate with you, but they’re out there. I really enjoyed working with hassell on the walker corp development in Melbourne. I’m immersed in my latest works….I’ve jumped from straight lines and angles to curves, geometry….space and volume.

     What’s the coolest thing about you, something that most aren’t aware  - Hobby, collection, special hidden talent etc "I'm great at hiding….your thinking.. ‘big deal’, but I’m 6’6…198cm, I’m a 100kg human. My other super power is I’m able to pull up anywhere and there will be a parking spot for me. In fact I have a bunch of super powers. I buy vinyl and art books, I love to read….stories. I love cooking….and by default I love eating

     What are you currently working on and when can we expect to see it! " I’m working on a bunch of things, I was asked last year to create something in The Round. It took me most of the year to get my head around it, now I'm creating pieces on a daily basis. I’ve got a show coming up here in Sydney at China Heights Gallery in late May. I'm also pitching for a bunch of public art projects….then there’s just me playing in the studio. If you want to see something, pick up your phone…check me out on instagram @dionhorstmans

     

     

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