Bruce Radke: Duo
Bruce Radke was born in Brisbane in 1950 and spent his childhood in Taborine Village, Melbourne, Brisbane and Thursday Island Gladstone, Darwin. Bruce initially did not set out to be an artist or train as one. He graduated in 1971 with Honours in Geology from the University of Queensland and then worked as a geologist working in Canberra, the Kimberleys and North Western Queensland. Between then and 1982, Bruce changed direction and took up painting and sculpting in northern Queensland and Tasmania. This was followed by sculptural studies at the Canberra School of Art in 1983. By 1988, Radke established a sculpture studio in Pialligo in the ACT as well as taking on the role of 'artist-in-residence' in Malaysia at the National Gallery, Kuala Lumpur and at Sarawak Museum, Kuching. Following on from this, Bruce tutored in sculpture at the Canberra School of Art and undertook work in the Bronze Foundry workshops.
Bruce has undertaken a range of significant commissions (including Duo) and has been involved in group exhibitions since 1987.
The Work of Art
Duo was created as a result of a commission granted by the University of Canberra on the 30th April 1991.
The title of the sculpture, Duo, links the visual content of the work with what is perceived to be the content of Amadeus Mozart's Duo for violin and viola in G major (K423). Mozart composed this work with K424 to come to the assistance of a close friend, Michael Haydn, who was unable to meet the contractural demands of his patron because of a prolonged illness. Mozart's generous unsigned contributions ensured Haydn kept his contract and position. Within these works there is a mood of sincere concern with fills the listener with a spiritual warmth and satisfaction that Mozart must have experienced while he worked on the two duos. It is hoped that Duo evokes that same soaring enrichment of spirit that comes out of an act of concern and love for another in need.
Duo is made from stainless steel and silicon bronze. It comprises two parts which don't physically touch.