New Art Highlights
30 - 6 May 2018
New Art Highlights of the week from Axisweb includes: Susan Banks, Charlie Warde, Cliff Crawford and Ewan Robertson.
Manifest One, 2018 by Susan Banks
The painting, loosely based on trompe l’oiel wall paintings of lararia from Pompeii and Herculaneum, alludes to apotropaic signs and the aesthetic of damage. Darkening with gold and crimson glazes increases the sense of a liminal and ambiguous space.
Oil paint on deep canvas
Deposition (Robin Hood Gardens), 2016-2017 by Charlie Warde
3D “Plastic Painting” of parts of the East Block of Robin Hood Gardens arranged onto 3 panels of solid landscape colours.
Each component of the building is recreated to scale using only artist pigments and acrylic mediums.
The composition is based on Ruben’s Decent From the Cross (Hermitage Museum); the scale conforms to Modernism’s preoccupation with the human scale - each panel measuring 2 foot 9 inches square, the distance between elbows of Vitruvian Man standing with his hands on his hips.
Robin Hood Gardens, designed by Peter and Alison Smithson, is controversially scheduled for demolition. This painting is one of a series documenting Brutalism’s condemned heritage.
Groyne 60 - Photographed from 2002 to 2017, 2018 by Cliff Crawford
A single post top from Groyne 60 that I have photographed from 2002 to 2017.
The post tops, like portraits of a person repeated throughout their life, are not only beautiful but provide clues as to the condition of the system.
Bexhill beach, East Sussex
Occultations in Regulus, 2018 by Ewan Robertson
This is one of three works made in response to having access to selected iron objects from Falkirk Community Trust’s extensive archive which covers example industry castings and patterns, foundry tools and equipment as well as related written, printed and photographic documentation from the long history of mining and ironworking in the area.
The three new works produced for this exhibition: Seam; One Hundred Years of Plasticine; Occultations in Regulus also combine ideas of stasis, material relationships and geological processes and timescales.
It is shown as part of Iron: Actions and Artefacts exhibition at The Park Gallery, Callendar House, Falkirk also featuring other individual and collaborative work with sculptor Gordon Munro.