German Jauregui – 'Go with the Flow'
German Jauregui QLD– Flow. The power of a single golden module has been created with simple geometry to bring harmony when it blends with itself into the greater pattern of a single whole. Geometry is the language of man to provide rhythm to the eye and these rhythms are the root of human activities. Flow represents this imperceptible rhythm, with a hidden sequence behind the intense and passionate red colour. A piece with multiple points of view.
It’s a windy day at the final day of Swell Sculpture Festival and German Jauregui has been active in his usual spot everyday by his vibrant red art piece, Flow.
“Flow is a moment in life, of letting go and going with the flow,” German tells me. The passionate red colour and smooth shiny aluminium surface reflect brightly in the Gold Coast sun, the curved features form shapes from different angles and have different effects at varying times of the day.
“Photographers have been coming down at dawn, mid-day and sunset because Flow looks different every time,” German smiles.
Every morning he has arrived as the sun is breaking over the sea to claim a car park in the busy Currumbin beach next to his sculpture. He polishes the vibrant red surface to rid it of fingerprints and sand from the night before. The bright burning red has drawn people in to stop and stare. Many people take photographs, children come and play under the curved lines that sit on rusted pillars and people walk around in wonder to view the sculpture from different sides.
“These pillars are a metre deep in the ground to hold the structure, there are 3 prongs in the ground holding the structure down,” German explains.
Flow is 200kg in weight and has 24 different faces depending on where you stand to view the structure. The number 3 has been prominent in his work, with the 3D design at the beginning of the journey to the curved edges that form the 3 pieces spiralling together.
“There have been many different impressions on the art piece from the people, a doctor said it looked like the inside of an ear, so there are many different interpretations. But the secret of a well-designed object is geometry,” German explains with excitement.
“Flow plays with the minds of people, everyone has a different interpretation of the structure and that’s what I truly love to hear, that’s why I am here everyday, to watch people’s reactions,” German states.
The inspiration behind his work always comes back to 3D thinking and learning how to imagine structures with 3D dimensions.
“It is a sense of flow and harmony when I look at the piece, the edges flow into each other in one sweeping motion. And I have learnt to go with the flow when creating,” he explains.
The creation of this piece was long and painful, hours of sanding and preparing went into the piece, not to mention the designing process at the beginning of the year.
German has a long career in designing furniture for other people but Flow is a piece that was designed and created for him.
“The creative drive and mind to keep going despite setbacks kept me going. I only started at the end of June, so had to work tirelessly to complete the sculpture in time. Some days I would work all day and night welding the pieces and sanding to make smooth edges and lines, “he says.
“A lot of mistakes were made, but I just kept going and kept trying and you learn from your mistakes. “
Originally German created two pieces and approached a Gallery to showcase his work. It was here that he approached Natasha Edwards, the Founder and Art Curator of SWELL, at the Smalls Gallery and she asked if he was able to create a bigger structure for the main festival.
“To my naivety I said yes. It was stressful and challenging, but I just kept going,” he says.
There have been many deep and interesting conversations from the people about the sculpture.
”It flows like a wave,” an elderly man says to his wife in the small crowd of people gathered around.
“I want people to start thinking about shape and meaning,” German says. He admits that sometimes he can feel a little bit like a psychologist.
”The impression of Flow can open up many conversations with people. I’ve had amazing conversations with people, and that’s what I love, that’s why I’m here everyday,” he says.
When creating art there is a process called ‘flow’ where time disappears for the creator and they go into a state of continuous concentration. German recalls this continuous state of concentration, forgetting the time and working long hours into the night.
”I am a technical thinker and sometimes solving the problem seems overwhelming but I have learnt to trust the process and trust that eventually it will be worked out.”
“Sometimes I solve problems very easily, in the shower when I have time to think it will just click and I will think, okay I can do this,” German explains.
The process of welding and working with metal is a noisy and tedious task. Looking at the shining, smooth surface of Flow it is hard to imagine it in it’s raw and rough material.
“I cut my knuckle when welding and couldn’t bend it properly but I had no time to go to the doctor so it became infected from reopening the wound all the time. I was rushing my work because I thought I wouldn’t finish in time,” German explained. His knuckle is still swollen from the injury and he can’t bend his finger until it is fully healed.
“Don’t rush your work,” he tells me. “Just go with the flow and never rush.”
Flow is a striking statement of harmony and flowing rhythm with it’s simple geometry and vibrant colour that has people staring in wonder at the smooth and shining sculpture.
Haley Smith is an emerging writer and creative from the Gold Coast. She has had an active blog for over ten years where she shares her short stories, poetry and travelling adventures. She has founded a Podcast; Atomic Sunflowers. Here she shares stories about creative living beyond fear, mental health and balancing the creative mind.
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