Bronze and enamel paint
Scott Eady’s art is a constantly playful contradiction; laughing at and undercutting the concerns of an object-based practice, yet asserting himself within it also. Calciami takes inspiration from the children’s modelling clay Fimo, creating large balls cast in bronze and coated in brilliant, child-like colours. The work encourages the audience to essentially hurt themselves, with the individual balls affixed with Post-It notes that read “Kick me” in Italian. This is despite their fixed position and weighty materiality - a sure-fire way to break a toe or two.
Eady’s recent work encourages greater participation, as a way to confuse and challenge the nature and value of objects and their place within art. Calciami is a piece that claims the space art shares with the audience, nowadays often considered the domain of installation. Typically, Eady’s large-scale, outdoor sculptures predominantly question the vernacular New Zealand male stereotype; Calciami brings in to focus his more recent dual role as a father and artist, the importance of the everyday and the world of children. Witty, insightful and often annoying, some of Eady’s work encourages violence also, an underlying darkness to their cheerful facade.
Calciami was also exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2013, indicative of an artist working at the top of his game and exhibiting at what has been deemed the ‘art Olympics’. We can only wonder how many visitors bruised their feet in attempting to kick Eady’s work.