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Geometry of Resilience B1 -B6

Geometry of Resilience B1 -B6

Geometry of Resilience B1

Geometry of Resilience B1

Unique Bonze on Mahogany Base, 2020 42 x 12 x 10 cms

Geometry of Resilience B2

Geometry of Resilience B2

Unique Bonze on Mahogany Base, 2020 40 x 13 x 8 cms

Geometry of Resilience B3

Geometry of Resilience B3

Unique Bonze on Mahogany Base, 2020 45 x 14 x 9 cms

Geometry of Resilience B6

Geometry of Resilience B6

Unique Bonze on Mahogany Base, 2020 39 x 14 x 9 cms

Geometry of Resilience B4

Geometry of Resilience B4

Unique Bonze on Mahogany Base, 2020 43 x 11 x 8 cms

Geometry of Resilience B6

Geometry of Resilience B6

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Geometry of Resilience B4

Geometry of Resilience B4

Unique Bonze on Mahogany Base, 2020 43 x 11 x 8 cms

Geometry of Resilience B6

Geometry of Resilience B6

Unique Bonze on Mahogany Base, 2020 39 x 14 x 9 cms

Geometry of Resilience S1, S2, S4

Geometry of Resilience S1, S2, S4

Geometry of Resilience S4 (a)

Geometry of Resilience S4 (a)

Mild Steel, 2020, 74 x 14 x 13 cms

Geometry of Resilience S2

Geometry of Resilience S2

Mild Steel, 2020, 65 x 16x 13cms

Geometry of Resilience S2

Geometry of Resilience S2

Mild Steel, 2020, 65 x 16 x 13 cms

Geometry of Resilience S1

Geometry of Resilience S1

Mild Steel, 2020, 71 x 17 x 12 cms

The Intolerable Condition

In Art and Revolution: Ernst Neizvestny and the role of the artist in the USSR, 1969, John Burger concludes that art has a role to play in challenging ‘the intolerable condition of inequality in the world’. Now, over fifty years later, there is far greater inequality in the world, but it remains, intolerable. Therefore art should continue, where possible, to highlight and challenge this condition.

These works represent a challenge to the condition of inequality, exploitation and oppression of the individual.  I’ve used ‘The Intolerable Condition’ as an overarching title for a series of works that are intended to progress conceptually from a condition of passivity to one of revolt.

In his review of the exhibition ‘New Aspects of British Art , Venice Biennale 1952  Herbert Read referred to the work of Lyne Chadwick, Ken Armitage et al as a ‘geometry of fear’ That fear being the collective anxiety brought about by the uncertainty of a cold war nuclear age, coupled with memories of two devastating world wars. Fears and anxieties in a global context continue today unabated and multiplied.

The notion of a ‘geometry of fear’ has enormous resonance for me in my work. The idea that an abstract concept like fear might have a tangible, measurable geometry holds great sculptural appeal. My series of figure represent an attempt to explore a geometry for ideas, more precisely four ideas that progress from passivity to revolt. They are: - The Geometry of Resilience – The Geometry of Resistance – The Geometry of Rebellion – The Geometry of Revolution.  Each of these ideas will be expressed as a set of figures, with specific changes in the formal language of anatomy, pose, proportion and dynamics as they proceed from one idea to the next.

The first set of figures – Resilience – are six steel pieces and six bronze pieces, might be view individually of as a group of individuals. The forms are upright and rigid, with a twisted contra-posture and upward tilt of the head. 

 

A natural and logical progression - Resilience = Resistance = Rebellion = Revolution

Domestic Interior Open Relief I

Domestic Interior Open Relief I

Mild steel. 78 x 47 x 11 cms

Domestic interior Open Relief II

Domestic interior Open Relief II

Mild steel. 73 x 49 x 12 cms

Domestic Interior Open Relief III

Domestic Interior Open Relief III

74 x 34 x 10 cms

Domestic Interior Open Relief IV

Domestic Interior Open Relief IV

Mild steel. 71 x 38 x 10 cms

Domestic Interior Cast Relief I

Domestic Interior Cast Relief I

In rough plaster cast form. 60 x 38 cms

Domestic interior Cast Relief II

Domestic interior Cast Relief II

in modelled clay form. 35 x 28 cms

Domestic Interior Cast Relief III

Domestic Interior Cast Relief III

in modelled clay form. 52 x 26 cms

Domestic Interior Cast Relief IV

Domestic Interior Cast Relief IV

in modelled clay form. 38 x 23 cms

DOMESTIC INTERIORS This is a series of drawings, modelled relief panels cast in plaster and ‘open reliefs’ constructed in mild steel. They represent groups of figure contained within a frame, an interior space. The spaces might be a dwelling or a place of captivity or restraint.  The figures might be family groups  or couples of just individuals shared circumstances. These were conceived initially as representing figure contained by forces beyond their control, such as prisoners of asylum seekers. However as I created them during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have come to be more symbolic as households in lockdown or self isolation.

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

Study for 'Domestic Interiors' 2020

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