Seventeen Years' Work
01 February 2005 - 26 March 2005
Different types of models - architectural, maker's and trade models - as
well as artist's maquettes, are works that have long fascinated
collectors. All collections provide information about the works, their
makers and the collectors who form them. Uniquely David Trubridge's
collection of maquettes is a rich text which documents his creativity
and practice as an internationally recognized designer maker. "These
are all working models which are built as part of the design process.
They are not intended as finished pieces and some are quite rough where
they have been chopped and changed as the idea develops. Others have
suffered a little with time, but they all help illustrate the thinking
involved in creating a new design. They are all to scale, some 1/4
some 1/5. Before computer 3D modeling they were an essential tool in
the design process, allowing the opportunity to see the object from all
angles and perspectives. They can also help with an understanding of
how to join different components, as the parts are manufactured. Even
now that I use a computer for all of my design, they are still a very
useful aid. And they are easier to build now because scale templates
can be printed straight off the computer drawing. You can see some of
these still glued to the custom wood frames. After I have made them I
usually leave them lying around in the house waiting for a casual
glance, that 'unguarded moment' of unfettered insight, when you suddenly
know for sure whether it works or not. It may take some time for the
initial, slightly distorted, sense of satisfaction of creation to wear
off and you are able to see it in its true light. Most of these
maquettes have been made, but not all of them - maybe an idea in
waiting. Never throw anything away!" David Trubridge Objectspace's
Vault Programme features distinctive works from private collections.
Objectspace is keen to work with private collectors to enable them to
share their collections and enthusiasms on a short term basis.
Objectspace acknowledges the generosity of maker David Trubridge and the
support of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.