Sydow: Tomorrow Never Knows

Peter Vangioni
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ISBN: 978-1-877375-48-4

Soft cover book

Carl Sydow was one of a bright new generation of New Zealand sculptors who came to the fore during the 1960s and 70s. Inspired by the energy and culture of 1960s London, where he lived for several years, Sydow rejected traditional sculptural materials and processes, instead making great use of new materials like welded steel and brightly coloured plastic.

Sydow died aged thirty-five. At the time, he was one of New Zealandʼs leading sculptors with his career in full flight. Tomorrow Never Knows showcases Sydowʼs playful, up-tempo sculptures produced in the last five years of his life alongside suites of his op-inspired drawings.

Author: Peter Vangioni

Pages: 32

Dimensions: 220 x 250mm

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Meander I
Carl Sydow Meander I

As the title suggests, Meander I is a playful meandering line that appears to be moving in space and time. The hoses that loop back and forth through a clear perspex frame evoke a sense of circularity and continuity. A precise relationship between drawing and sculpture is achieved through Carl Sydow’s structural investigation of interlacing shapes. Sydow’s unconventional approach to sculptural materials and the depiction of form and line in space pre-empted the future direction of much contemporary sculpture in New Zealand. Carl Sydow attended the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts from 1959 –1961 and completed an Honours course in Sculpture at University of Auckland in 1963. He also gained a Diploma in Fine Arts at Auckland Teachers’ College in 1962. Between 1964 and 1966 Sydow visited England on a QEII Arts Council Grant and worked in the studios of the Royal College of Art.

Sydow: Tomorrow Never Knows

Sydow: Tomorrow Never Knows

1960s London set the scene for Carl Sydow’s playful, op-inspired sculptures.



Sydow: Tomorrow Never Knows recently opened at Gallery and the exhibition’s curator, Peter Vangioni, took the opportunity to interview UK-based sculptor Stephen Furlonger. Furlonger was a contemporary of Carl Sydow and mutual friend and fellow sculptor John Panting, both at art school in Christchurch and in London during the heady days of the mid 1960s. His path as an artist during the late 1950s and 1960s in many ways mirrored that of Sydow and Panting.