ORGAN: Taking Shape, sculpture on the verge, in that Hackney warehouse…

warehouse_oct16So what did happen to that big Warehouse by London Fields where we did that Play show back at the start of summer? Well the place is still standing, looks like it finally comes down at the start of next year, right now a sculpture group are shaping things…

TAKING SHAPE, SCULPTURE ON THE VERGE  “Taking Shape is a show that traces the through line that connects a body of work. The first part of an evolving show, an Understanding of an artists’ practice being something that is constantly evolving, “this exhibition presses pause to present sculptural works and consider the conditions of their own (im)possibility and the promise of their potential”.  The seven artists will present works that anticipate the projects they will be developing over a residency period at the Pangaea Sculpture Centre, a residency that runs from the start of October until mid December 2015.  The artists selected for PSC’s Autumn residency are Byzantia Harlow, David Rickard, Emily Motto, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau and Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen.

This is the first of two exhibitions that aim to bookend the residency programme. This is existing work that anticipates the residency, a presentation at the onset and a four-day exhibition, that has us rather intrigued. it isn’t really clear in terms of who has presented what, why are some many shows so obscure when it comes to names and labels? No idea who’s done what in the warehouse but it clearly is something worth watching, there’s already a strong interplay in here and some intriguing work, if this had been it it would have been enough, but this appears to be the start of things…. watch this space, this is good already. (SW)

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A rather wordy explanation from the website

The exhibition celebrates alternatives to the ‘just-in-time production’ that is running roughshod over contemporary work and life. What are the options to this frenetic cycle of make-ship-repeat? To what extent is there still demand for gradual innovation and slow specialisation: obsessive depth instead of spreading breadth? What are the possibilities of bucking the pancake flatness that threatens to suffocate us with its dull genericism? This exhibition will explore these and other topical issues with the express purpose of insisting on an alternative approach to sculptural production, one that traces progressive understanding as it iterates across a practitioner’s artworks, accumulating through their practice.

The exhibition considers sculpture as a dynamic process that takes shape in material form and is then made meaningful through its encounter. This is energised by the history and ambition of the art form’s particular questions, comments and concerns. Taking Shape will foreground these by way of an ‘enquiry on the move’. This will celebrate sculpture as it evolves and is recontextualised through the respective practices of the seven participating artists and their work together as a cohort-in-residence.

Notably, Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre chose not artworks but artists for this exhibition and set them a shared task: to each re-present and/or reconfigure a recent three-dimensional artwork so that it draws attention to the conditions of its own (im)possibility —the terms of its current existence and promise of its potential as it foregrounds what will be produced during the residency. The works on display present an opportunity to think carefully about the role of sculpture today, especially its potential for thoughtful transformation as an antidote to just-in-time production.

More about the artists and PSC’s Autumn Residency Programme.

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