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Beached – Sculpture voyage and install

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 15 July, 2012

My sculpture ‘Beached’ has been installed at WW Gallery’s Patio Project for the last week exposed to the same harsh British summer we’ve all been subjected to. I prefabricated the sculpture in my studio and instead of hiring a van decided to transport all 50 foots worth of timber the 30 minute walk from studio to site by hand. Roping in some muscle for hire we broken it down into parts, strapped it to a couple of dollies and started our journey. Below are some shots of her maiden voyage through to reconstruction at the Patio Project.

Beached is viewable 24/7 at 30 Queensdown Road, London E5 8NN until 29th July.

Many thanks goes to the generous support of Alan Magee for his logistical prowess and muscle along with the keen eye and steady hand of Marion May for her excellent documentation of this wacky adventure.

Sculpture Studio – ‘Beached’ Patio Projects work in progress

Posted in Exhibitions, Writings by Andy Wicks on 21 June, 2012

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 –

Lucy May – Three Hundred Pounds of Heavenly Joy

Kirsty Tinkler – Face Off

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