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FWS II: WALL, a short film by Daniel Gower and Luke Hart

Workshop film of the Sculpture Fractal Weave Structure II: WALL, by Luke Hart, Film by Daniel Gower and Luke Hart. FWS II: WALL from the exhibition WALL and William Benington Gallery re-constructed and in motion in the workshop, WoodWork Studios, 2016.

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WALL: The White Review by Rye Holmboe

Published in the June online edition of The White Review Rye Holmboe offers an illuminating essay on sculptor Luke Hart and his installation piece, WALL. Recently on show at William Benington Gallery in London, WALL is a lattice of steel held together by sinewy rubber joints; Holmboe takes on the functionality of art and of WALL’s desire for a material realism over representation: the desire to be what it is, and nothing else.

WALL: Images from the exhibition

Images from the exhibition WALL at William Benington Gallery

31 March – 14 May 2014

Press Release

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WALL: A Solo Show at William Benington Gallery

William Benington Gallery Presents

WALL

a solo show of works by Luke Hart

31 March – 14 May 2014
Private View: 31 March 6pm

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm

Press Release

William Benington Gallery is pleased to announce a solo installation by Luke Hart. This will be the largest and most ambitious single installation that we have had in the gallery to date. It is the artist’s first solo show with the gallery.

“All art is quite useless”

Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray

WALL is a single sculpture that fills and interrupts the gallery, forcing the gallery-visitor to engage physically with both the artwork and the exhibition space. This relationship between his sculptures and their surroundings is an on going concern of Hart’s practice. As a viewer we are and distorting it as it twists to fill the space. There is a sense that Hart has pushed his sculpture impressed by the very mass of the sculpture, gravity appears to pull heavily upon it dragging it right to the edge of its structural limitations, but ultimately has retained just enough control to hold it from the edge of collapse.

In a very real sense, Hart is wrestling with the capabilities of the production and engineering knowhow available to him, going so far as to invent new techniques. Since 2011 he has been developing his distinctive joining method, a vivid orange organic tangle of toughened rubber tendrils, that allows just enough flex while also giving his sculptures structural stability. Each of these joints is crafted in Hart’s London studio. The initial moulds are carved by hand, he then uses a self designed injection-moulding system to force the rubber into the moulds. Each stage of the process is overseen by the artist to ensure that his exacting standards are maintained throughout.

Ultimately Luke Hart’s practice represents a meeting point between the sculptural and the functional – that is not to say, necessarily, useful or practical. His sculptures exist beyond simple aesthetic or even representational concerns, they are without metaphor; their functionality challenges the idea of the traditional ‘art-object’, or perhaps their artistic endeavour is their function. In this instance, function is about more than use-value. There is a sense of the word, that the physical action performed by an object, can be said to be its function, even if that action is as simple as leaning or flexing.

WALL is a bold statement of artistic intent, it is an examination the sculptors’ dual roles as artist and maker, and it confronts the assumed knowledge of the purpose of art, but in the end it is also a wall. It is a barrier, a separator of us and them, an obstacle to be scaled. It is a challenge. Perhaps, after all, it is a metaphor?

Fractal Weave Structure II: Freestanding Wall

Images and video available for the functional studio maquette for Fractal Weave Structure II: Freestanding Wall.

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Time To Hit The Road: Leila Heller Gallery with Gerson Zevi

Gerson Zevi are organising an exhibition of work made by participants in the Land Art Road Trip, which they have put on for the past two years, and which I was invited on in 2013. The exhibition will feature a number of my drawings from the development of Semi-Floating Structure and an excerpt from Proving Ground, a project which was first conceived on the trip.

The exhibition takes place at Leila Heller Gallery, 568 w25th Street, New York City, and runs from the 18th of December through the 10th of January. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on the 18th from 6-9pm.

In addition we will be holding a full screening of Proving Ground at the gallery on the afternoon of the 20th of December. More information to follow.

Leila Heller Gallery

Gerson Zevi

The White Review: Semi-Floating Sculpture

The White Review, in their online issue for September 2014, have published this piece by Patrick Langley on the recent completion of Semi-Floating Structure and the filming of Proving Ground.

Patrick Langley situates American sculptor Luke Hart against the backdrop of London Docklands and the land art tradition.

Read Semi-Floating Sculpture by Patrick Langley

The White Review