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Gidon Bing

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Gidon Bing

Born: 1972

Hometown: Auckland

Based in: Auckland

 

Gidon Bing is an Auckland-based sculptor working with traditional processes and materials to produce modern works of fine art.
Bings sculptural practice developed in parallel with an academic career and field work in Archaeology.
Much of his practice has developed from Intergenerational relationships in sculptural ateliers in central Europe and the Middle east providing him with access to classical and Avant Guard movements, ideas and techniques.

His approach to developing his craft emulates methods and relationships of a past era, when skills were attained by watching the masters’ hands.

Expertise with processes and materials requires an understanding of their respective rules and limitations. Studied knowledge of these inherent “laws” is the foundation of much of the innovation in his art practice , allowing him to experiment and ‘break rules’. 

By working cellulose and other fibres into clay he is able to build large works that have texture as well as increased strength and unexpected lightness when fired and finished. By manipulating electrochemical processes he achieves organic deposits/patination’s on various alloys.

When steam bending wood he blends the traditional Japanese discipline of Magewappa with a method pioneered by Thonet in the 1830s, and combines this with craftmanship used by violin makers, adding his own generative adjustment to reveal or enhance the inherent character of the material.

His forms, often universal symbols of Human communion and the natural world are reminiscent of lost civilizations or ones yet to be born and are simultaneously simple yet complex artifice/artefacts. Created to transcend the life and times of their maker as well as the intentions and conditions that first shaped them.

Although reductive and influenced by aesthetic purism, Bings works avoid the sacrifice of tradition at the altar of pure form and are decidedly expressive and human with classical foundations, their simplicity not a call to negate but rather to reveal, form, space, material, allegory.
These ideas go beyond intellectual constructs: for Bing they are embodied experiences underpinned by a cultural and intellectual heritage linked to Europe, the Levant and the great artistic/humanist movements of the 20’s and 30’s.

This authentic kinship with ideological and creative traditions that link purposeful creativity to humanist ideas and the natural world is the foundation of his creative practice.

Gidons work has become highly coveted both locally and internationally with collections featured in Selfridges of London, Milan’s Salone del Mobile, Lane Crawford and other high- profile collections and galleries.

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Cycladic Face (Ceramic)

Gidon Bing, New Zealand

Sculpture

US$ 4,000

Wire Agean Bird

Gidon Bing, New Zealand

Sculpture

US$ 10,500

Brass Agean Bird (B)

Gidon Bing, New Zealand

Sculpture

US$ 10,500

Brass Agean Bird (A)

Gidon Bing, New Zealand

Sculpture

US$ 10,500

Solid Man

Gidon Bing, New Zealand

Sculpture

US$ 1,100

Graphic loop

Gidon Bing, New Zealand

Sculpture

US$ 11,200

Reclining Nude

Gidon Bing, New Zealand

Sculpture

US$ 7,600

Cluster F

Gidon Bing, New Zealand

Sculpture

US$ 5,600

Agean Bird

Gidon Bing, New Zealand

Sculpture

US$ 5,600

Minoan

Gidon Bing, New Zealand

Sculpture

US$ 14,000

Cycladic Face

Gidon Bing, New Zealand

Sculpture

US$ 5,600

Marquette B

Gidon Bing, New Zealand

Sculpture

US$ 5,200

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About Gidon Bing


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What inspires you?

Often inspired and influenced by modesty and retraint of avant guard and traditional Japanese sensibilities and proportion across all mediums but particularly in ceramics, interiors/furniture. Material properties, process and playful experimentation are also a huge inspiration.


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Describe your creative process.

I would describe my process or approach as reductive. I strive to create the most uncontrived design solutions possible. I believe that to achieve this requires an honest treatment/selection of materials and a refined modesty in their application. Combining this with considered human function/utility and sustainable economy results in objects and spaces that are expressive, human and invulnerable to the transience of fashion.


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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Bold, expressive, restrained.


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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

My earliest inspirations and influences come from exposure to antiquity/classical antiquity and “primitive” artefacts and the ideas and sentiments of the European Avant Guard movement – a reverence for simple universal and timelessly modern aesthetics. Much of my practice is also informed by a passion for materials and material process and a drive to create works that are understated, simple, honest and that are deeply connected to us through tradition/nature.


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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

Restraint.


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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

maintain a respect for tradition and a healthy scepticism of expert opinion.


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Where do you go for inspiration?

Away from the maddening crowds.

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