Maggie Stein is having an exhibition, entitled 2 + 2 = Art, at Sheffer Gallery, 38 Lander St, Darlington from 25th of June until 29th of June. She uses cuisenaire rods to continue her theme of the urban landscape.
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
2+2 = ART
Maggie writes: I first used Cuisenaire rods in my childhood at school in Goulurn in the early 70's. I came upon them again in 2001 whilst helping at a working bee at an inner city primary school, a mass of them were being thrown into a skip. I salvaged a few sets, one complete in it's box with 60's style paper patterning. The rods had the patina of many years of being handled by inquisitive young fingers but still retained their attractive original colours.
A box was stored under my bed for ten years and then in 2012 I got them out and made a series of 10 cm square "pocket works" which I exhibited as part of a group show Inside Out at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown.
The rods were originally created by a Belgium Primary School Teacher and former violin player, Georges Cuisenaire (1891-1976). He cut pieces of wood into 1 cm to 10 cm blocks and then painted each length of rod a different colour and began to use these in his teaching of mathematical concept. The Cuisenaire rods were a popular teaching aid in Australia and worldwide in the 1960s and 70s.
Have a look at Maggie's exhibition of her recent works.
Maggie's website is www.maggiestein.com.au