A little while ago I mentioned an upcoming project which would see me create my first sculpture as part of WW Gallery’s Patio Projects, a temporary public art program. Each month over the past year an artist has been selected to install a piece on the front patio of WW former gallery space in Hackney Downs overlooking the park.
Here are a couple of the previous projects to grace the site –
For Patio Project #9 Andy Wicks has created ‘Beached’, a towering sculptural assemblage and minimalist recreation of the mooring structures which can be found along the banks of our city’s river. ‘Beached’ takes its initial inspiration from the visceral materiality of these wooden structures: which stained by weathering, rusted and rotten, evoke the history of the central artery of London’s trade industry.
Metaphorically ‘salvaged’ from the beaches of the Thames, the driftwood of our forgotten industrial past finds itself re-imagined, stripped back, reassembled and beached on a domestic patio. Removed from its tide-washed context, and juxtaposed instead, with the architectural language of such residential anomalies as recycling bins, estate agent signs and trellis fencing.
Erased of barnacles, ropes, algae and the other ephemera of its romantic riverside associations, ‘Beached’ becomes an inexplicable object in this residential landscape.
Over the last week I have been working non stop on ‘Beached’ and I’m glad to say its now complete. Moving chunky 3 metre long lengths of wood around the studio was a bit of a challenge but I soon found I took it in my stride (albeit a very different type of studio session compared to handling 30 x 20 cm canvases!). For a couple of days the arch of the form was hanging somewhat precariously from the beams of the studio roof but suddenly with some high altitude drilling and a couple of bolts it became freestanding and a real sight to behold as it towered over me and the rest of the studio. Whilst not wanting to reveal too much of the final form, below are a selection of more ambiguous shots of the work in progress. The sculpture will be unveiled on Thursday 5th July 6 – 7pm and will be on display to the public come rain or shine through to 29th July.
WW Gallery Patio Projects – 30 Queensdown Road Hackney Downs E5 8NN
I have a painting in Occupy My Times’ Past and Present which opens tonight in Deptford. The gallery is part of the new Enclave in Deptford, an exciting arts hub with 9 project spaces, galleries, art offices and a coffee shop.
Artist Urban Action The launch of an experimental new arts venue in London
Opening 15th June 2012, 6 – 9.30pm + afterparty
Exhibition continues 15th June – 15th July, Fri – Sun 12 – 6pm
Late opening Friday 29th June, 12 – 8.30pm
Enclave, Resolution Way, London SE8 4NT
Enclave commissions: Quarantania with Eva Kotátková / Neha Choksi / Taus Makhacheva curated by David Thorp (main gallery) / Adam Christensen (residency & invitational cinematic events) / Toby Huddlestone (performative lecture installation) / Conal McStravick (residency, selected by LUX) / Oliver Basciano (Writer in Residence) / Jean-Christophe Nicolas (Virtual Artist in Residence) / Lucy A. Sames (publication) /
Enclave resident project spaces: news of the world, a new space by Centre of Attention / Anarch / Divus & Ume˘lec Magazine / ALISN / Occupy My Time & Kitchinsynch.
Including artists: Jonathan Airborne / ATOI (Amy Thomas & Oliver Irvine) / Leanne Bell / Mark Bell / Sara Bevan / Owen Bowden / Sue Cohen / Thomas Cohen (S.C.U.M) / Alessandro Columbano / Shona Davis and Dave Monaghan / Barbara Dean / Bea Denton / Bella Easton / Raimi Gbadamosi / Ian Gonczarow / Jason Hicklin / Karin Kihlberg and Rueben Henry / Juliette Losq / Iavor Lubomirov / David Martin / Maslen and Mehra / Jem Noble / Paul O’Neill / Jessica Piddock / Pavel Reisenauer / Greg Rook / (SAC) (inc. Simone Hutchinson & Alexander Kennedy) / Alexander Small / Patrick StPaul / Michael Stubbs / Barry Sykes / Dolly Thompsett / Annabel Tilley / Angel Vergara / Marianne Walker / Grant Watson / Andy Wicks
I have a new series of my Plane Sight print/drawing diptychs in a 3 person exhibition opening this week. New Talkings is the first exhibition to be curated by De/Fault Space at Netil House’s impressive 5000sq ft ground floor gallery.
If you’re around for the Private View on Thursday 7th (6 – 10pm) it would be great to see you, otherwise the show continues until Saturday 9th.
Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, London, E8 3RL
Private View Thursday 7th June 6 – 10pm
Friday 8th June 12 – 7pm
Saturday 9th June 12 – 10pm