Browsing Category: sculpture

  • Franz West, 6 Adaptives for Rolls Royce Silver Shadow (2007)

    On some level you may already be offended. You don’t need to be a total petrolhead to find the addition to this prestigious bonnet to be something of a defacement. Let’s be honest, it lacks the easy romance of the flying woman usually found on the prow of a Rolls: The Spirit of Ecstasy by Charles Robinson …

    June 28, 2015
  • Ian Hamilton Finlay, In Revolution Politics Become Nature (1980)

    A slogan is etched into a block of stone and the stone laid on a piece of red felt. There is something somewhat reverent about this inscription; the words carry weight and are to be handled with care. You read the title off the block. And then you read it in a different way off the …

    April 9, 2015
  • Tom Dale, Rock on Standby (2014)

    The LED blinks on and off. We could be here a while. As deep history has shown, a rock like this can take its own sweet time to breathe forth life, or yawn and swallow us all. Just whose hand might go to the remote to activate a 80kg lump of sandstone? Would it be a …

    December 18, 2014
  • Nick Davies, From Tippex Forms (i-iv) (2014)

    It’s a curious thing. It is hoped that not many typos find their way from this keyboard onto your screen. But a recent blog post for Bad at Sports had at least three. My very bad. What made it strange was that the subject of my review, Nick Davies, has been doing fantastic things with …

    December 10, 2014
  • Eduardo Chillida, From Within (1953)

    It hangs like a chandelier designed to throw shade. You cannot walk beneath it without speculating on your own death. And it’s made of iron, technology of another age. The view’s not so great from this angle, but the form echoes a swastika. And that would be a treacherous swastika with a half yard long …

    October 24, 2014
  • Rachael Champion, Naturally Occurring  Brutalist Structure (2013)

    An observation: spheres of Perspex and pea shingle have gravity in the same way that planets do. This piece by Rachael Champion has neither colour nor much visual stimuli, yet it has pull. Taken in isolation, gravel, pebbledash, and industrial tiling are unlovely things. And no one could argue this sculpture has much conventional beauty. But, …

    September 23, 2014
  • Alan Magee, Return to glory (2014)

    Two disks grace the gallery. One sits on the floor. One hangs on the wall. Looking closer, their outer rims can be identified as hula hoops. But there will be no gyrating here today. Both hoops have been measured up for a plasterboard inner, and worked over with filler to produce an artwork. So that …

    September 10, 2014
  • Photos: Museo Nacional de Escultura

    A National Sculpture Museum is to be found in a small city, some 200 km north of Madrid. But don’t expect too much marble, bronze or mixed media here in Valladolid. During their golden age, Spain’s sculptors worked in wood. Presenting exhibit A: close up of a sizeable tiered seating arrangement for a church choir. Its makers …

    September 3, 2014
  • Photostory: Ryan Gander at Manchester Art Gallery

    Ryan Gander is an artist who embodies the dictum by Jasper Johns, which goes: ”Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it.”. His work is multi-faceted. Consider this homemade calendar for example. Populated by jottings from Gander’s notebooks, it comes with an evocative and seeming arbitrary title: And what if no one believes the truth? …

    July 14, 2014
  • Photodiary: Franz West at The Hepworth Wakefield

    This was my first visit to The Hepworth and I was blown away by a) the David Chipperfield building and b) the setting by the River Calder. Here’s a view from one to the other. We were here for the biggest every show at the gallery and the UK’s first major survey of work by Franz …

    June 24, 2014