Lost World: T-Rex, Lost World: Brachiosaurus, Lost World: Stegosaurus, and Lost World: Triceratops
by Gregor Kregar for SCAPE Public Art Season 2017
The title of this expanded series of works spanning bronze, lead crystal and stainless steel references Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel, The Lost World, a book that helped to popularise dinosaurs. These long-extinct creatures hold a prominent place in popular culture via advertising, movies, toys, gaming and museum displays. They are rife in the imaginations of children, but have also been used within corporate and political cultures to symbolize dominance, power and longevity. Auckland-based Kregar has long been captivated by how subtle changes in scale, form and materiality can influence our understanding of a sculptural object. Kregar is also interested in the systems of production and distribution at play in our material world, and the political and economic infrastructures that drive them. Here small plastic toy dinosaurs have been enlarged and cast in bronze, a medium that reeks of both permanence and valuable status.
Gregor Kregar was born in 1972 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
“My work is not confined to any single medium or material. In my sculptural practice I often combine a wide variety of materials such as stainless steel, plastic, cardboard, ceramics, glass, video and photography. I utilize familiar subject matters such as the human figure, body parts, television sets, bottles, inorganic rubbish and animals.
I am interested in how the familiar subject can be represented in a way that displaces the original meaning and imbues the subject with new and unfamiliar meanings. My work deals with issues of ambiguity and the uncanny, yet it is strongly connected to the social, economical and political environment I live in.”