The Sculpture Agency: promoting contemporary sculpture
Sean Henry at Glyndebourne
British sculptor Sean Henry is the artist in residence at Glyndebourne throughout the summer where he has installed a series of new works alongside a few of his better-known pieces. The catalogue produced by London dealers Osborne Samuel includes the essay written by Sculpture Agency founder Tom Flynn to accompany the display.
Among the most remarkable works is a piece entitled The Wanderer, inspired by the great Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel (illustrated on the front cover of the brochure, left). If you get a chance, drop down to Glyndebourne. You don't have to be an opera aficionado to appreciate the works on display but, speaking from recent experience, if you get a chance to see an opera too (and picnic in this amazing weather) then so much the better.
Jodie Carey's The Daily Mail at Paper exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery
The Daily Mail, another exquiste work in paper by Jodie Carey, is currently included in the exhibition entitled Paper at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.
Carey's floral arrangement plays with the conventional expectations we bring to flower arrangement and floral still life, interrupting the traditional associations with freshness and purity by incorporating blood, tea and coffee (none of which I can do without).
Paper continues until 1st September 2013. Check it out and visit Jodie's website at www.jodiecarey.co.uk.
For more information on Jodie's work click here too.
Steve Russell's book of Africa photographs with an introductory text by Tom Flynn was launched at Pangolin London in February
Katonda Wenge, Steve Russell's new book of photographs of Africa, is now available, with an introductory essay by Sculpture Agency founder Tom Flynn. Steve has built an international reputation as the most sensitive and intuitive photographer of sculpture, a notoriously difficult thing to photograph due the vagaries of ambient light on variably reflecting surfaces and the fact that sculptures generally offer multiple possible viewpoints.
Steve has collaborated on numerous occasions with the Pangolin bronze foundry in Chalford, Stroud. In recent years he has made a number of visits to Uganda to photograph the foundry and workshops set up there by the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation, a charitable body established by Pangolin founders Rungwe Kingdon and Claude Koenig that promotes creative dialogue and skill-sharing between African and UK sculptors and craftspeople.
Thus it was appropriate that Steve's book launch took place at Pangolin's London gallery at King's Place, Kings Cross. The publication is altogether well-timed given the popularity of David Attenborough's stunning TV series on Africa. Steve has titled his book Katonda Wenge, which means "Oh My God!" in the Luganda language of Uganda. That was how one of Steve's portrait subjects responded when he showed her the photo he'd taken of her.
Sculptor Tom Hackett shows new work at the National Shoe Collection, Northampton, Museum and Art Gallery
Once is an accident, twice is a revolution comprises 1000 pink silicone jelly shoe forms placed to form a large floor sculpture to dominate the visual field with a bright slightly undulating circular mass of colour. "Reading initially as factory made, or direct casts, a closer inspection reveals them as duplicates from observational studies of the artist’s collection of found single children’s jellies. Individually viewed they function as curious and intriguing objects, collectively they generate an extraordinary and displaced entity", writes the exhibition's curator.
"Once is an accident, twice is a revolution is a meditation on repetition and workmanship in art. The duplication of the iconic children’s shoe form en masse the work offers potential for further narrative associations. Launched at the National Shoe Collection, Northampton, Museum and Art Gallery, the work connects to the town's rich shoe heritage and current shoe industry, which includes contemporary fashion jelly shoes."
Hackett will also be showing 20 new text and image works under the sub title ‘flip charts from the therapy room’. These contain various text fragments and 'sound bites' gathered from personal encounters, gleaned conversations and self -generated musings taking on at times the visual devices of absurd mind maps from fictional staff development events.
A 24-page artist's publication also accompanies the project.
Tom Hackett has been described by Robert Clark in The Guardian as an artist who: "systematically transforms banalities into deceptively simple moments of bemused and amused wonderment teasing us with a disarming mix of deceptive technical simplicity and a creative spirit as wild and ranging as the stars."
Tom Hackett has shown extensively across the UK and internationally, his key solo shows include: Firstsite Colchester, MAC Birmingham, UH Galleries, Aberdeen Art Gallery, and PM Gallery London.
Once is an accident, twice is a revolution has been project-funded by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England.
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British sculptor Peter Burke's TED talk on the use of technology by sculptors ancient and modern
Peter Burke recently delivered a most interesting talk on 'Sculpture and Reproductive Technology' at TEDx in Bradford-on-Avon. It offers a fascinating insight into his innovative use of traditional fabricating processes as well as contemporary technologies in the making of his work.
Those familiar with Peter's wonderful installations at the Cass Foundation in Sussex (above left) and elsewhere will
find his TED talk both engaging and instructive. My thanks to Peter for allowing me to circulate it more widely. Click here for the talk.
Tom Flynn's new book on British sculptor Terence Coventry has just been published
Terence Coventry — Hands On is the first biographical study of West Country-based sculptor Terence Coventry. Specially published to accompany a new retrospective exhibition of Coventry's work at Gallery Pangolin in Chalford, Gloucestershire, the book is an in-depth account of an intensely private artist's life and work.
The book traces Coventry's journey over the past twenty-five years from talented art student to successful pig farmer, to the rediscovery of his artistic identity in the mid-eighties and the evolution of his mature, confident and independent sculptural language. The book offers an insight into Coventry's working practice and the ways in which the Cornish landscape and its natural inhabitants have influenced his creative development. (Read a short extract here).
The book could not have been produced without the generous cooperation of Terence and Winifred Coventry and the team at Gallery Pangolin and Pangolin Editions, the internationally-acclaimed bronze foundry and gallery in Chalford, Gloucestershire who have collaborated closely with Coventry for many years.
The book will soon be available to purchase on Amazon here, but meanwhile is available through Pangolin Editions here, via email at: email@example.com or contact them by telephone on: +44 (0)1453 889765.
Almuth Tebbenhoff's London Film Festival award hits the red carpet
London-based sculptor Almuth Tebbenhoff's 'Star of London' sculpture — the London Film Festival's equivalent of the Palme d'Or in Cannes or the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival — was featured on Channel 4 News during the Festival (see their Arts Correspondent Matthew Cain holding the award on the red carpet, right).
Almuth's sculpture was selected from a shortlist of entries and has been awarded for the past three years. Festival organisers are confident it will soon become as iconic as its Continental counterparts.
Panel discussion: Sculptors' Drawings at Pangolin London
Tom Flynn will be chairing a panel discussion at the Pangolin London gallery at King's Place, Kings Cross on Monday 1st October as part of Pangolin's current exhibition of Sculptors' Drawings and Works on Paper exhibition. The evening starts at 6.30 and the panellists include artists Martin Jennings and Briony Marshall, along with Frances Carey, writer and past curator of the Prints and Drawings department at the British Museum, and Rungwe Kingdon, founder of Pangolin Editions sculpture foundry.
Tickets cost £6.50 and are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. To book go to: www.kingsplace.co.uk or Tel: 020 7520 1490