LAND: Material, Site and Sculpture: Annual Fellows’ Event 2017
8 February 2017
Royal British Society of Sculptors, 108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RA
For the third in the series of Annual Fellows' Events, the President of the RBS, Clare Burnett is delighted to invite you to an evening of talks given by three eminent Fellows, Chris Drury FRBS, Marigold Hodgkinson FRBS and Rosie Leventon FRBS. The Fellows will discuss the resonance and force of their sculptural interventions which challenge and focus on humanity's impact on nature with RBS Deputy Director and Curator, Claire Mander. Welcome address and talks from 7pm.
The work of the three panellists underlines the continuing significance and importance of working with the land as part of their diverse practices. The land or environmental art which formed an important part of the conceptual art of the late 1960s and 1970s was by no means the first time artists expressed the important links between the human and the landscape and is by no means the last. With their varying methods, interests and processes these distinguished and thoughtful artists reflect on their work past and present, its continuing relevance. Their presentations touch on the theoretical, practical and spiritual aspects of working on and with the land for a dynamic and refreshing panel discussion.
Chris Drury FRBS’ work may be described as intrepid both in terms of the immense distances he travels to make interventions across every continent in the world, as well as the intensity with which he makes vital connections between the earth and the human on both a macro and micro scale. His work is both poetic and political, showing an intense sensitivity for his natural environment.
Marigold Hodgkinson FRBS has a fascination with working site-specifically with the land in many different contexts. Of particular interest to her is the effect of the elements including water, wind, light and its counterpart, shadow. Her work often harnesses the power of these forces or the effect they produce on each other through reflections or movement to produce captivating and thought provoking interventions.
Rosie Leventon FRBS has a deep seated interested in the archaeology and history of sites. She incorporates into her work the forms of burial mounds, dew ponds and resonant things uncovered during digs. Her interventions often bring together communities and encourage biodiversity while making vital and everlasting links between man and earth, past and present.
About the Panel
Chris Drury FRBS
Originally from Colombo, Sri Lanka, Chris Drury studied Sculpture at Camberwell College of Art, University of Arts. His practice focuses on finding connections between nature and culture, the inner and outer, and microcosm and macrocosm. He has collaborated with scientists and technicians from a broad spectrum of disciplines and technologies, worked with small communities worldwide using whatever visual means and materials are suited to the situation. Chris Drury’s site specific works are situated outside on every continent on the globe, including Antarctica and has had numerous one man shows in Europe, Scandinavia and America including Arte Sella, Italy; Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, California; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Oppland Art Centre, Lillhammer, Norway. His monograph, Silent Space, is published by Thames and Hudson (2004) and he features in many books covering Land art and site-specific sculpture. In 2016, he completed three commissions in Montana, South Korea and Australia. His largest work to date, The Wandering (2016), a 200 metre long meandering, living, dry-stone Cornish hedge wall, rising and descending into whirlpools, was commissioned by the Western Australian government for the New Stadium site on the Swan River, Perth.
Marigold Hodgkinson FRBS
Marigold Hodgkinson lives and works in Stratford on Avon and London. Her studio, based in the countryside, allows her space to focus on her larger scale work. Formerly she was Head of Sculpture at Byam Shaw School of Art and an Academic Supervisor and visiting artist at Wimbledon College of Arts on the Site-Specific MA Course, partly based in Canezzara Park. Her work engages with the environment, often through movement, as displayed in her pieces which share the unpredictable effects of wind, water, light and shadow and in her floating installations staged in moats, rivers and lakes such as Spirit Level - amphibious sculpture, which used a mirror to show the shifting and abstracted reflections. She also creates wind activated work, while her interior installations explore the in-between state between the conceptual and the spatial, as illustrated in Galactic sphere installation & drawing (2010). She raised British Council support for several student and artist exchanges travelling to Poznan Academy Poland, and for exhibitions in Lodz, Zielona Gora as well as a symposium in Warsaw. She has participated in several artist residencies including those in East Berlin and Italy. She has carried out larger scale ‘site-work’ in Lithuania, Poland, Holland, Sweden and India as well as in London and across the UK largely comprising sculptural installations related to site, space, time and a wide variety of material.
Rosie Leventon FRBS
Rosie Leventon studied at Croydon College of Art and at Central St. Martins School of Art, University of the Arts, London. Her sculptural installation work responds to interior and exterior spaces. She creates interventions in the architecture of the interior and commonly plays with scale, and functional usage, in her land works which are grounded in her concerns for the environment. She has exhibited widely in the UK, including at the Serpentine Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, Royal College of Art, Camden Arts Centre, National Maritime Museum and internationally including: Arte Laguna Prize, Venice; Museo d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona; Der Pfalzgalerie Germany; Dostoyevsky Museum, St Petersburg; Prague’s Festival of Contemporary Art and Convergence International Arts Festival Rhode Island, USA. Her Public Art commissions include Stour Valley Arts, Kent (2004); The Irwell Sculpture Trail, Manchester (1999), Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Woodland Trust’s Diamond Jubilee Woods in Leicester (2014). Awards include Arts Council, Elephant Trust, British Council, Mark Tanner Award for Sculpture, and Henry Moore Sculpture Trust.
Claire Mander, Deputy Director and Curator, Royal British Society of Sculptors
Claire conceived and curated: Sculpture Shock (2013-2015) and edited the accompanying book (pub. Black Dog 2016); SKULPTUR: Contemporary Sculpture from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden (2015), the first large scale Nordic sculpture exhibition in London of 17 artists across three sites and edited the publication (pub. Hatje Cantz, 2015) and the Boyle Family’s Contemporary Archaeology: The World Series Gotland Site 1968/ 2015. Other exhibitions include: Napoleon Garden, Holland Park series celebrating female sculptors; Figuring; Uphold, Withold and the forthcoming Joseph Hillier: digitalrendition. She is the Women to Watch: Metal delegate of UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC.