Dependent Rational Animals

At Towner in Eastbourne until 22 September 2013. This is a collaborative project with painter Roxy Walsh.
More information about our concept can be found at Dependent Rational Animals.
For information on how to get to the exhibition, opening times etc. see Towner.
 

Photo: Alison Bettles
Photo: Alison Bettles

 
 

Photo: Alison Bettles
Photo: Alison Bettles

 
 

Photo: Sally Underwood

 
 

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Photo: Alison Bettles
Photo: Alison Bettles

 
 

Photo: Alison Bettles
Photo: Alison Bettles

 
 

Photo: Alison Bettles
Photo: Alison Bettles

 
 

Photo: Alison Bettles
Photo: Alison Bettles

 
 

Photo: Alison Bettles
Photo: Alison Bettles

 
 

Photo: Alison Bettles
Photo: Alison Bettles

  

Photo: Alison Bettles
Photo: Alison Bettles

 

Materials used in the work: the central tower (4.5m x 5m x 5m) is a timber frame covered with leather fibre fabric which is usually used for book binding and is made in a similar way to paper as leather scraps are compressed and stuck together with a silicon glue; the igloo (2.5m x 4m x 4m if closed) is a timber framed nine sided dome with insulation and wool over the top. The sphere is highly pigmented ceramic power on canvas.

Iglu at Globe Gallery Newcastle

Globe Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

09 November – 22 December 2012

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With Roxy Walsh. This is a collaboration between two artists and between painting and sculpture. We aim at much more than simply combining two artistic approaches in one space; the works in the show are interdependent. For example, sculptures in the exhibitions act as hosts for paintings, paintings slow the viewer down long enough to experience the interior of a scuplture and so on.

An outline of our concept can be found at Dependent Rational Animals.
The next exhibition in this series is Dependent Rational Animals at Towner in Eastbourne.

 

I Like Berlin.. Version 2

Foto: Ulf Dieter

An evolution of I Like Berlin and Berlin Likes Me, constructed around a timber frame. The outside of the structure is covered with technical felt (synthetic and recycled). It is large enough to function as a compact living space.

This structure, with paintings hung inside it, is the starting point for the collberative project Dependent Rational Animals with Roxy Walsh.

Materials: Timber, MDF, technical felt.
Dimensions: 250 x 520 x 390cm (2012)

Foto: Ulf Dieter

Inside the structure

Foto: Ulf Dieter

Outside, showing the removal wall section

Foto: Ulf Dieter

Foto: Ulf Dieter

More dwellings…..

Hero

Hero

The indeterminate herbivore rises, pauses, rises again and eventually falls in an endlessly repeating cycle. Sporadic interuptions in this task leave it suspended mid-air or slumped on the ground for extended periods.

Materials: loft insulation, refuse sacks, chain-driven, mechanism, timer.
Dimensions variable.
Shown at the Royal Academy Schools Gallery in London in 2007.

Hero (installation view)
Hero (installation view)
Hero (installation view)
Hero (installation view)
Hero (in progress)
Hero (in progress)

More Active Objects….

Concrete Barrier 3200mm x 960mm x 460mm

Concrete Barrier 3200mm x 960mm x 460mm
Concrete Barrier 3200mm x 960mm x 460mm
Concrete Barrier 3200mm x 960mm x 460mm

This replica of an anti-terrorist barrier was created around the time of of the London bombings in 2005. The object slowly dries out and crumbles during the exhibition.

Materials: silver sand, bentonite clay
Dimensions: 3.2m x 0.94m x 0.46m
Constructed onsite at the Gagosian Gallery in London in 2005

Concrete Barrier 3200mm x 960mm x 460mm (detail)
Concrete Barrier 3200mm x 960mm x 460mm (detail)
Concrete Barrier 3200mm x 960mm x 460mm (take down)
Concrete Barrier 3200mm x 960mm x 460mm (take down)
Concrete Barrier 3200mm x 960mm x 460mm (take down)
Concrete Barrier 3200mm x 960mm x 460mm (take down)

More Sculpture….

Jonathan Jones in the The Guardian on the use of the word ‘sculpture’.

Monachos

Bunker
Photo: Ulf Dieter

Cast porcelain blocks are constructed into a makeshift bunker. Rather than repressing porcelain’s potential to crack and distort during firing, this is exploited to full effect to create the bulging, misshapen final object.

Materials: porcelain
Dimensions: 80cm x 65cm x 60cm
2009 at ekwc (European Keramics Work Centre)

Bunker (detail)
Bunker (detail)
Bunker - finished piece just out of the kiln
Bunker - finished piece just out of the kiln

Bunker - cast blocks going into the kiln for first firing
Bunker - cast blocks going into the kiln for first firing

More Ceramics….

Monkey

Sally Underwood - Amed Monkey

This Balinese monkey, tethered at the side of a road, had the bleakness of a Beckett character about it.

DVD (2007)

Monkey - projected alongside pink dog
Monkey - projected alongside pink dog
Monkey - shown on monitor
Monkey - shown on monitor
Monkey - video still
Monkey - video still

More Places….

Beetle

A performance at Braziers International Artists’ Workshop in 2006.

Beetle - on terrace by bench
Beetle - on terrace by bench

Beetle - across gravel
Beetle - across gravel
Beetle - the ball
Beetle - the ball

More Performances….