Maria Andrews has just made a short film about Kevin Harrison’s latest rather large series of sculptures called Family of Man. The last time we encountered the delights of Kevin Harrison and his art was over at his East London studio that’s part of the Chisenhale complex during their rather excellent open weekend last year, here’s what we said….
Kevin Harrison has some wonderfully playful sculpture, a cave full of colourful adventure, actually, as playful as it is, that’s not the right word – to just call his work playful is to do it an injustice, it is wonderful fun though, refreshingly so, “playful” is to throwaway, it does make you smile, it makes everyone coming in smile, how could it not make anyone smile? He’s alive with tales and talk of his pieces, of people, of places, of the responses to his attempts to get on to that fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, he quotes anarchist publications, he happily explains work to people, he talks of London and life and being an artist and the changing cityscape – “Kevin is an established British artist, many of his public sculptures can be seen around the East End of London. He often initiates workshops for school children, two celebrated examples of these workshops are; the Human Rights Project in Johannesburg, where he helped local township children discover their own artistic talent, and also (travelling with Nick Treadwell) the Al Ain Flower Festival in the UAE, where along with the Arabic children of the town, he built a fantastic wooden flower garden, in the local Park”, impossible not to like Kevin and his work, far far more than playful fun. .
Maria Andrews has just made a short film about Kevin Harrison’s latest rather large series of sculptures called Family of Man.
Click on an image to enlarge or to run the slide show from that studio visit last year….