The show is about the threshold 'between object and image'. It focuses on sculpture, which is formed in metal or wood and is then given a layer of paint, which either helps to give it an image, or to dematerialise its form. In either case the paint acts as a kind of shell, which in some way undermines the sculpture at the same time as enhancing it.
Phyllida Barlow, Helen Chadwick, Adam Chodzko, Cedric Christie, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Barbara Hepworth, Ellen Hyllemose, Bob and Roberta Smith, William Turnbull, Marc Vaux, Franz West, Keith Wilson
This selection was made in the context of the sculptors and the sculpture shown at Roche Court. It was also selected with one eye on the weather; and another on the grounds. In the summer woodwork and metal get a new coat of paint; in the winter these new surfaces stand out from the old and variegated world around them. A continuous coloured surface attracts the eye but keeps it at a distance; on sculpture it acts to fix the work between object and image. Colour invites us in but keeps us out. Please close the gate...
Selected by Penelope Curtis, curator of the Henry Moore Institute, this show is about the threshold 'between object and image'. It focuses on sculpture, which is formed in metal or wood and is then given a layer of paint, which either helps to give it an image, or to dematerialise its form. In either case the paint acts as a kind of shell, which in some way undermines the sculpture at the same time as enhancing it.
For the first time, Helen Chadwick's most well-known work Piss Flowers will be exhibited on grass outside, as was the artist's original intention. These works were made by the artist and her partner David Notarius in 1992, by pissing in the snow and taking casts from the cavities left behind. Made in white painted bronze, they resemble flowers opening to the sun.
The New Art Centre has also commissioned Keith Wilson to make a work for the first time for Roche Court: Thames Walkway: Boat Race (sheeted). Made in painted galvanised steel, it maps the path of the Oxbridge boat race on the river Thames from Putney Bridge to Chiswick Bridge, whilst its structure references the cattle crushes and feeding pens, which might be found at Roche Court, home to a herd of Limousin cattle. Rose Finn-Kelcey's Pearly Gate, an oversized painted wooden gate stands slightly ajar. Adam Chodzko's Untitled Stile (Teenage Version) will be installed in the gallery, a recognisable image but in a foreign setting.
Works by Phyllida Barlow, Franz West and William Turnbull use one colour over a single medium. Marc Vaux, Barbara Hepworth and Bob & Roberta Smith’s sculptures have moments of transparency in which they reveal their true selves, unpainted, undefended. Wall-based work by Ellen Hyllemose and Cedric Christie take 'ugly', building materials such as scaffolding and mdf and make them beautiful through the addition of paint.
New Art Centre Sculpture Park & Gallery
Roche Court, East Winterslow - Salisbury Plain