Sculptures on sites (1)

Making, Public Art
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‘Evolution’ at the Tarpey Gallery sculpture site.

This week is a challenge in more ways than one. To speak of the sculptural challenge the sculptor has an almost marathon like day tomorrow, a culmination of  several weeks of preparation.

If the sculptor is not sculpting, or taking sculptures to sites then there is also removing, repairing and re-spraying. It is none stop. The size, shape and volume of the sculptures means large wagon hire and time on the road. (With huge thanks to Anthony Hartley)

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‘installing sculptures on site -Tarpey Gallery’

This afternoon the wagon needs to collected, sculptures need to have final polish and loading on the wagon in a particular jigsaw like way. A ridiculously early start might mean the sculptor has no sleep tonight to arrive in  London tomorrow to install ‘The Bench’ in an exciting location but I almost won’t believe it until I see the pictures. However, it doesn’t end there they then have to make their way across to Henley-on-Thames to install 2 new pieces which have just been finished for ‘The Henley Festival’. The sculptor is listed along with Damien Hirst and Marc Quinn. Again…..I can’t wait to see the pictures.

This is all following a busy June which involved picking up sculptures from venues, inspecting others for suitably and taking sculptures to the ‘Tarpey Gallery  (77 High Street, DE74 2PQ Castle Donington)

‘Evolution’ as well as other works are outside amongst an amazing collection of sculptures. The opening is this saturday  July 11th from 2pm -6pm.

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‘Troy’ at Tarpey

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‘Evolution’

An answer to Moore’s Daughter; ‘all is not lost, there is form in Shendi’

Mother and Child, Old Masters, Public Art
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‘Mother and Child’ by Sam Shendi 2015

Two people very independently but both very close and beautiful souls sent me the article in The Guardian which Mary Moore (Henry Moore’s Daughter) states that Hirst has sent art back by 100 years. Perhaps they could see that the article would interest me on a number of levels.

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Mother and Child, from the back

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‘Mother and child’

Exploring the human figure, shape and ‘finding freedom within form’ are the focus of much of both sculptor’s pieces. Observing the human condition, using the human figure, reclining or mothers and child a link of the source of inspiration. In fact some of the earlier work of my husband’s has a very Moore like quality to it. But, dare I say  I believe my husband’s work continues the line of work that Moore started.

It is all about seeing things within that form and from different angles. Looking at the images of this piece every angle in a digital images looks like a different image. Like Mary says about her father’s work, about ‘exploring the invented object’ in front of you.’ In a modern 21st century contemporary setting with the addition of colour and focus on outline in an attempt of abandoning form as a mass, my husband’s work takes it to the next stage in development, thought process or idea. Yes artists like Damien Hirst may be relying on the title and have put the form back in the frame. However, there is always a reaction and response within the art world. Laconic titles such as ‘Mother and Child’ which my husband uses harps back to old masters such as Moore, giving you an indication to the form but allowing you to use your own imagination and interpretation for the rest.

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Mother – in yellow and pink, Child – red and blue

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‘Mother and Child’

We have become a two-dimensional digital age , a world of flat screens and it is why education is increasingly important about shape and form. Otherwise these skills will be lost. It was so interesting reading what Moore’s Daughter said about her childhood with her father as a sculptor, playing with clay, thinking about thees qualities of light, shape and space. I observe the boys interaction and how they relate to their father, the sculptor in similar ways. Although this winter the studio has been a little out-of-bounds, we are all looking forward to the sunnier warmer days of playing round the studio. In the article which was highlighting the new exhibition of Henry Moore’s work at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Moore said she hoped the show would encourage people “to explore what is in front of them with an open mind and in a fresh way, so that they might re-evaluate or see things that they have never seen, understand things they have never understood. I hope it generates excitement about sculpture.” I think my husband’s work is creating small slow ripple of excitement in the art world and I really hope one day we will be able to get his work into Yorkshire Sculpture park. Seeing Shendi alongside Moore, what a spectacular way of seeing sculpture that would be.

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The shadows create additional images

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‘Section of Mother and Child’