"... a near-lifetime spent realising the imaginations of others."
Karl Slotboom has long owned Illusions Studios, film studios and workshops which have provided the stages for some of the most memorable film and TV commercial production in Melbourne. One of the pillars on which the Melbourne film industry has been built.
In parallel, Karl the thinker, Karl the artist.
The centre-piece is a profoundly disturbing life-size figure of a refugee fleeing his shattered past, bearing the burden of the life left behind in the form of a massive, crumbling, concrete wall.
Karl's heart is on his sleeve. And it bleeds.
"Please congratulate Karl from me: the work is very compelling." Julian Burnside
"This is Karl. Hands on and always willing to get those hands dirty. His choice of media, steel and concrete, is not for the faint-hearted, it takes a particular artist, a force of nature to build meaningful objects. I wanted to explore myself the almost analytic study of the skeleton, almost like the 16th century scientific illustrations, in search of anatomical knowledge." Paul Meehan
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