‘None of the sculptures have had a good night’s sleep; they are the ingredients for strange weather. I have intervened at a certain point to say something fundamentally sculptural about this bunch that I found having a brawl on one of those streets we all know about. Add a touch of colour and the rest will follow…’
Caleb Shea, 2014
For Goodness SAKE incorporates new experimental elements with Caleb Shea’s revision of late-modernist sculptural traditions. Here his neo-formalist investigations are conceptually framed through behavioural and paranormal preoccupations, lending the sculptures an intrinsically human quality.
Shea studied toward a Bachelor of Visual Arts, University of Newcastle, 1995-7 and graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture), RMIT, 2006, a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), RMIT, 2009 and a Master of Visual Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, 2011. Selected exhibitions include Thomas Jeppe and Caleb Shea, Sydney Contemporary, Carraigeworks, Sydney, 2013; The Peasants Are Revolting, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2012-13; XTYO, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2012; X + Drawing, with Julia Francis, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; Link VI, with Marco Cher-Gibard, RMIT School of Art Gallery, 2012; School of Art Masters Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts, 2011; Exercise in Sophistication, with Thomas Jeppe, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2011; Insert Coin Here, Craft Victoria, 2010; Scale of mark, RMIT First Site Gallery, Melbourne, 2009;Model for Abundant, Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2008; Two-Fold Exhibition, George Paton Gallery, The University of Melbourne, 2007; and The Fourth Baldessin Foundation Travelling Fellowship Exhibition, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, 2004. Shea was recipient of The Fourth Baldessin Foundation Travelling Fellowship in 2004 and the National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association Masters Award in 2011. His work is held in the Artbank, Joyce Nissan, Melton City Council and National Gallery of Victoria collections as well as various private collections in Australia.