B. 1956, Australia
Alan Constable's singular sculptures of cameras, telescopes, projectors, and binoculars are imbued with a heightened tactility and inner life. Legally blind and deaf, Constable began constructing replicas of cameras from cereal cartons and glue at the age of eight. At the studio Constable holds research images or source objects millimetres from his face, committing the form to memory by tracing the surface with his fingertips. Every protrusion, button, and lens of a specific camera model is faithfully captured in intricate detail, down to tiny scrawled lines and letters. Perspectives shift and Constable’s re-interpretations become at times anthropomorphic vessels — totems glazed in lustrous mossy, earthy washes.
Curator Matthew Higgs stated that "Constable, who is legally blind, makes incredible ceramic sculptures of cameras, which should, in my opinion, be in every major museum collection."
Alan Constable has been working at the Arts Project Australia studio since 1991. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including Alan Constable at Darren Knight Gallery (Sydney, 2015 & 2018); Alan Constable: Close-Up at Andrew Baker Art Dealer (Brisbane, 2015); Alan Constable (Ten Cameras) curated by Richy Swallow at South Willard (Los Angeles, 2013), Viewfinder: Alan Constable Survey at Arts Project Australia (Melbourne, 2011), Constable at Stills Gallery (Sydney, 2011) and Alan Constable Clay Cameras at Helen Gory Galerie (Melbourne, 2009). Participation in group exhibitions is extensive and include The Museum of Everything, Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) (Tasmania, 2017), Spring1883 (Sydney, 2017), Let’s dance, curated by Charlotte Day, Arts Project Australia Gallery (Melbourne, 2017), ACTION, CAMERA!, The Gallery of Everything (London, 2017), and Sydney Contemporary in 2018. Constable has been a finalist in a number of prominent art awards including the Victorian Craft Award in Melbourne and his work is held in the collections such as the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), The Museum of Everything (London), Gold Coast City Gallery (Surfers Paradise), Deakin University (Melbourne), Orange Regional Gallery (Orange); The Arsenal (Montreal), and Museum of Old and New Art - MONA (Tasmania.)