1 December 2016 - 10 February 2017
Wednesday – Friday 12.30 – 5.30pm (or by appointment)
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Royal British Society of Sculptors is delighted to announce the publication of Sculpture Shock: Site-specific interventions in Subterranean, Ambulatory and Historic contexts, a contemporaneous account of the progress of the award that encourages surprising site specific spatial interventions in non-traditional spaces outside the confines of the white cube in the subterranean (the unseen world underneath our city), ambulatory (without physical confines in movement through space and time) and historic (an illustrious building in London) environment.
The publication features the work of David Ogle MRBS, Patrick Lowry MRBS and Lynn Dennison MRBS in the Subterranean; Amy Sharrocks, Alexander Costello MRBS and William Mackrell MRBS in the Ambulatory and Nika Neelova, Joanna Sands MRBS and Hanna Haaslahti in the Historic context. The book contains important essays by Dave Beech, Sarah Kent and Richard Cork and is replete with the exceptional photography of Anne Purkiss. It is published in partnership with Black Dog Publishing.
The book launch is accompanied by an exhibition of the work of three of the Sculpture Shock artists. On the sculpture forecourt, Lumen, 2016 by David Ogle MRBS is an installation of tree-like structures which form a luminous canopy of interlocking neon branches reconfiguring the façade of the RBS building with its otherworldly colour and light. Nika Neelova’s untitled (stack of chairs), 2015 continues the artist’s exploration into the historical and cultural resonance of objects. By replicating these everyday objects the artist is recruiting their structure and introducing it elsewhere. Shifting between furniture, architecture and monument the objects form part of an installation which alludes to a once occupied but now post-human environment. A performance by Alexander Costello MRBS of A priori (or It’s Not About The Thing. It’s About All Of It And Doing Things) will take place on the evening of the launch. The artist grapples with reams of blank paper symbolising the struggle to harness ideas through conscious action in an energetic, humorous and surprising performance.