RWA open exhibition

Tags: Group exhibition
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Thursday 28th September

image: More than Human #1

I will be showing four works in the RWA Open this year, two of which have never been shown before - fresh from the studio!

These works are part of an ongoing investigation into the interconnectedness between rock and body, flesh and mountain, the natural wold. They are open-ended lines of enquiry within my studio practice - more proposition than closed statement or finished object.

Becoming Stone is rock-like in form, yet visceral and body-like in appearance. What appears to be made from muscle, sinew and fat, suggestive of discarded offal or body organs from a butchers shop, is in fact pigmented wax painted directly on top of stone - rather like growing a skin of living organs over the inanimate endoskeleton underneath. The displaced rock cast of The Flesh of the World #3 suggests flesh or growing matter searching out new life. It hangs in space like a sublime, ethereal rock creature with a wounded resilience that is unnerving and threatening, yet at the same time inviting, sensual and beautiful. These are qualities also found in More Than Human #1 and A Certain Reciprocity, which specifically concern themselves with the nature of being and our relationship to the physical world.

1 Oct - 3rd Dec
Tue – Sat: 10.00am – 6.00pm
Sun: 11.00am – 5.00pm
Mon: Closed
Queen’s Road
Clifton
Bristol
BS8 1PX
www.rwa.org.uk

 

The Art in Physics

Tags: Press
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Monday 29th May

What an inspiration: Dr Sharon Ann Holgate has written a physics text book for undergraduate students reading STEM subjects and the arts. Its also a very accessible book for the lay reader, exploring aspects of physics, engineering and maths by using examples of art and in particular sculpture, to demonstrate how these principles are used in the real world.

I'm pleased to see my Kings Cross sculpture Unity adorning the covers and its engineering and design discussed within the chapters, along side my Kensington sculpture Glorious Beauty. For example, she discusses the importance of the underground fixing points: these are always unseen within the finished sculpture, but are vital for the security and structural integrity of the work and consequently much engineering goes into the design and fabrication of these hidden elements. Bravo

 

Edible Art ?

Tags: Group Exhibition
Pound-of-Flesh

Thursday 11th May
On Sunday the 21st May, Hestercombe Gallery will be hosting an unusual culinary art delight - Buffet d'Art. Running in conjunction with the gallery's current exhibition programme, Buffet d'Art will showcase an array of artists work in bite size pieces.

Loosely based on the theme of a buffet, in the sense of offerings and placement of the complementary works, its running plinth will occupy the room's space completely. Buffet d'Art's first outing was at Meinblau Gallery Berlin, and was subsequently unleashed at Ambika P3 gallery in London last November. Each time the Buffet takes on a new assemblage of offerings to delight the connoisseur.

My offering for the Hestercombe Gallery buffet will be a new work titled A Pound of Flesh. The work continues themes I'm exploring at the moment to do with transience and the interconnectedness between the human and the non-human. Perhaps looking like sweetmeats, they are an uncanny union between rock and flesh.

Please come and sample the delights of the exhibition:

21 May- 18 June
11am - 5pm
Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton
Somerset
TA2 8LG
01823 413923

 

10 Public Sculptures

Tags: Outdoor Sculpture, Press, Public Sculpture
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20th April
After months of hard work I finally have this publication in my hands - and it feels good, really good.

10 Public Sculptures showcases my work dotted around the country in a beautiful designed book. Its layout is clear and descriptive with powerful images of my sculptures within the public realm. It has a super introduction by Anne Elliott and an brilliant contextualising essay by Tom Flynn in the centre. There is all the usual information about what, how, when, where etc. alongside a visual story line of two of the sculptures.

Very much celebrating my larger public work, which complements my studio based practice and gallery explorations, I had a pretty clear idea what I wished the book to do commercially. So it was a joy and an education to work with the design company Antman who held my hand through the subtle process of design layout, choice of stock, image selection and text, all of which achieves the design brief whether you give it a quick three second flick through, or a longer in-depth read. There's something gorgeous about its rubberised covers which make you want to keep hold of it.

To view a high res. pdf of the book click this link...
(please be patient with download as file is 83MB)

10 Public Sculptures - Hitchens.pdf

 

Drawing selected for RWA

Tags: Group Exhibition
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31st March
I am delighted to have my drawing Deconstructing Wholeness 19 hung at the RWA biennial drawing exhibition Drawn 2017.

As the most basic form of human expression, drawing has an unparalleled history and this exhibition both celebrates and explores the boundaries of marks made by a wide range of interdisciplinary artists.

Drawing is very much part of my studio practice and this drawing is part of an ongoing series which explores different ways to perceive stone. A stone's shadow line is recorded and then ink lines are drawn, starting at right angles to the very place that they intersect the shadow line: a process is set and my hand simply becomes the tool which delivers the result.

Drawn 2017
1 April - 4 July
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 11pm – 5pm
Monday Closed
Open Bank Holiday Mondays

RWA
Queen’s Road,
Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1PX
+44 (0)117 973 5129

www.rwa.org.uk

 

TouchStones

Tags: Solo Exhibition, Public Event
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8th March
Known for its biennial festival of contemporary art made in response to the Isle of Portland, b-side never sleeps, holding events throughout the year at its project space - Outpost. This month at Outpost I will be showing my film Genesis, which explores ideas of what it is to be human and our relationship to the impermanence of life. To support the film I will also be showing new and experimental sculpture in wax and resin. These appear as rocks or cave-like voids, yet have a disturbing and uncanny similarity to flesh. There will also be drawings and works on paper, exploring further the theme of transience.

I will be talking about the work and the ideas behind it, at 7pm on Thursday 16th March, please come along. I'm afraid places are limited so you will need to book a free place HERE.
I shall also be at Outpost all day on 30th March if you wish to talk with me further about the work.

Touch Stones
16th March - 8th April
12pm - 5pm, Tues - Sat
Outpost
77 Furtuneswell
Portland
DT5 1LY
www.b-side.org.uk

 

SCULPTORS book

Tags: Press
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3rd March
The photographer Anne Purkiss, with whom I have worked on a number of projects, has just published a book titled Sculptors. Its quite an extraordinary record of her intimate photography of sculptors over the past thirty years, and I'm pleased to say that I have a few pages within the book. She managers to capture those often unseen moments of sculptors in their studios, portraits which show us another side to the person.

She cannily launched the book at the opening for Tony Cragg's exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where she has an exhibition of photographs from the book. Th exhibition can be viewed at the YSP Centre Upper Space until the 4th June. Click HERE for further details.

 

EVOLVER

Tags: Press
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1st March
I'm thrilled to have one of my drawings on the cover of EVOLVER magazine, the bi-monthly arts magazine for the South West of England. The drawing is one from the Deconstructing Wholeness series and can, coincidentally, be seen at Touchstones, my show with b-side at their new project space Outpost.

 

Mountain Arts Festival

Tags: Public Event, Group Exhibition
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Fallen Cairn

17th October
I am showing a number of sculptures and drawings at The Mountain Arts Festival in the Rheged Centre, Cumbria. This is a brilliant opportunity to view a wide ranging exhibition inspired by mountains and mountaineering. Artists such as Hamish Fulton will be exhibiting at the same time as lectures, discussions and workshops from eminent mountaineers such as Doug Scott, Chris Bonington and Catherine Destival. All profit goes direct to the charity Community Action Nepal

10am - 5.30pm
19 - 27 October
Rheged Centre
Redhills, Penrith
Cumbria CA11 0DQ
www.rheged.com

 

WAC Awards 2016

Tags: Group Exhibition, Public Space
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10th October
I just love this image of Being Things: like an exotic food stuff, almost ready to eat. The exhibition has a really interesting hang this year as it is in the Bishops Palace, alongside ancient architecture, furniture and portraits.

Certainly worth a look if you are new Wells:
The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD
8-22 October
Open: 10am - 6pm
www.wellsartcontemporary.co.uk

 
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