PROJECT: 40 Elizabeth Street Awning
ARTIST: Dion Horstmans
ARTWORK TITLE: Prismatic
LOCATION: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
UAP STUDIO collaborated with Sydney based artist Dion Horstmans to deliver ‘Prismatic’, an overhead sculpture on the Awning of the Ibis Hotel in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD. Dion Horstmans’ work plays with abstract, geometric forms which utilise line, volume, light and shade. His practice explores the influences of mathematic theories, speed and electricity, thunder and lightning and celestial constellations.
‘Prismatic’ is a sculptural tribute to the city of Brisbane. Utilising Horstmans’ signature geometric forms, the prism-like folds reference the urban landscape flanking the Brisbane River. The understated use of colour is reflected from the top side of the sculpture onto the underside of the awning structure, expressing the energy and vitality synonymous with inner-city Brisbane.
Informed by the stylistic principles of geometric abstraction and the bold graphic quality of his Pacific Islander heritage, Dion Horstmans’ multi-dimensional wall sculptures gesture toward a love of the energetic and dynamic. Concerned with creating new volume and momentum with line, light and shadow, Horstmans’ sculptures bridge the space between the two and three dimensional. The illusionistic quality of his works – where form and subsequent shadow interact with one another to create a further, non-material layer of complexity – results in a series of alluring and playful artforms.
He has completed numerous commercial commissions, including major public art commissions such as Genesis for Sydney's Ryde Park in conjunction with UAP, Super Sonic for Collins Square, Melbourne with Hassell/Walker, Elektromaster for Central Park in Sydney and Prismatic for the Ibis Hotel in Brisbane. Horstmans participated in the 2012 L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival Windows by Design and has had his work featured in Vogue Living, Harpers Bazaar, and The Age (melbourne) magazines.
Horstmans work is represented in numerous national and international collections including Artbank and The Justin Art House Museum. He has been exhibiting with FLG since 2009. His 2018 exhibition Particle Fever was his seventh solo show with the gallery.