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SYNERGIA: A group sculpture exhibition at Galeria de Arte Mexicano, CDMX, Mexico

Synergia is a sculpture show that brings together ambitious new works by eight members of the Royal British Society of Sculptors to take place at the Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City’s oldest established art gallery, due to open on 6th February 2018. The exhibition will mainly feature works in steel and marble from Mexico, produced in Mexico.

Synergia, a term coming from the Greek ‘synergos’- ‘working together’, is a show which by definition focuses on the idea of fellowship and teamwork and will regroup sculptors whose membership to the RBS has resulted in a number of collaborations, cultural trips, technical and intellectual exchanges. The aim of this exhibition was to enable British sculptors to work in Mexico through their local RBS connections, namely Mexican sculptors Pablo de Laborde Lascaris and Manuel Munoz G.G. whose artisans have helped to produce eight medium to large- scale works in steel and stone.

Throughout the show, the viewer will encounter a vast multitude of different ways in which the two materials of steel and stone can be worked. Whether hand-carved, sliced in slabs, used figuratively, abstractly or as raw as a rough boulder, this exhibition will prove the versatility of stone as a sculptural medium. Likewise, raw, rusted, painted, powder-coated or stainless, each sculptor will display the way in which they have pushed the boundaries of steel.

Not only has this been an opportunity for each of the eight artists to work on a more ambitious scale and format, but this initiative will also be one that results in the introduction of new and bold contemporary sculpture to Mexico. This aims to establish awareness around the ways in which sculptors work nowadays and see first-hand the kind of work freshly produced today. In our day and age, very few artists dare call themselves ‘sculptors’ and Synergia aims to celebrate a hand full of those who proudly carry the title.

Synergia will feature new works by James Capper (b.1987, London), Luke Hart (b. 1985, London), Pablo de Laborde Lascaris (b. 1985, Mexico), Adeline de Monseignat (b. 1987, Monaco), Manuel Muñoz G.G. (b.1982, Mexico), Amy Stephens (b.1981, London), Lucy Tomlins (b. 1981, Chertsey) and Samuel Zealey (b.1986, London).

Exhibition dates:
Opening 6th February 2018 The show will run for 10 weeks

Photos from the Artist’s Residency at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, April/May 2017

In April and May of 2017 I took up residence at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and utilized the Boathouse as a temporary studio. See photos here of Fractal Weave Structure VII: Ladder and of Fractal Weave Joint VI in the grounds of the Sculpture Park.

Sculpture In Public: Images from the exhibition

An exhibition in the workshop studio of Luke Hart featuring: James Balmforth, James Capper, Alex Chinneck, Luke Hart, and Samuel Zealey.

Images from the Exhibition

Sculpture In Public: an exhibition of sculpture in the workshop

We are happy to announce a WBG London Projects exhibition, produced with William Benington Gallery, Sculpture In Public is a group exhibition of sculpture in the space that was my London Workshop from 2009-2017.

SCULPTURE IN PUBLIC
An exhibition in the workshop studio of Luke Hart featuring:

JAMES BALMFORTH, JAMES CAPPER, ALEX CHINNECK, LUKE HART & SAMUEL ZEALEY
Private View: Friday 24 March 6pm – 8.30pm
Exhibition open: 24 March – 2 April 2017
Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 12 – 6pm or by appointment

Woodwork Studios
59 Wallis Road
Hackney Wick
London
E9 5LH

 
The five artists included in Sculpture In Public share an affinity for a material reality, grounded in physical objects, each of them often experimenting with or adapting industrial processes within their practice.

Sculpture In Public explores exactly that; how an artwork or the perception of an artwork changes once it is engaged with by the public. Balmforth, Capper, Chinneck, Hart & Zealey each make work that is often intended to live outside of a gallery environment while not necessarily conforming to the traditional ideas of “Public Sculpture”.

The location of the exhibition is also significant, an ex-MOT centre, re-appropriated into an artists’ studio, now takes on a brief new life as an exhibition space – its roller doors lifted wide to welcome in the public – before it is once again closed away, to be demolished and make way for new private residential properties. A narrative history of Hackney Wick in one building.

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.

Film

WALL: Images from the exhibition

Images from the exhibition WALL at William Benington Gallery

31 March – 14 May 2014

Press Release

Images

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?