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Making Arrangements: LDN/CDMX

LUKE HART
MAKING ARRANGEMENTS: LDN/CDMX

Exhibition open now – 20 September 2018
Private View: Thursday 13 September 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Open by appointment only until end of August
From September: Fridays and Saturdays 12 – 6pm or by appointment
WBG London Projects are delighted to announce Making Arrangements: LDN/CDMX, a solo exhibition by Luke Hart which traces the artist’s relocation from London to Mexico City. In Spring 2017 Luke Hart discovered that the Hackney Wick home and studio where he had based himself for the past eight years was being pulled down and redeveloped. He made the decision to leave London and find a space that could accommodate his expanding and increasingly ambitious sculptural practice. Now based in Mexico City, but traveling and working internationally, Luke has been evolving his practice and working methods to make the most of the facilities and  opportunities that this new city affords him. He develops his sculptures through drawings and in maquette form – as represented here – alongside working at considerable scale, incorporating found and locally sourced material and local industrial expertise. The exhibition consists of a number of new works on paper related to a major project that I undertook in the last year in Mexico City and Cananea, Mexico, as well as the prototype sculpture that led to this project, and was made before I left London.

Speaking of this transitional process, Luke has said:

“As I lost the studio I worried about how I would continue my sculptural practice without my workshop, as I became less rooted. When I first was in Mexico, Manuel Muñoz invited me to use his workshop in the mining town of Cananea, in Sonora near the U.S. border. He also gave me access to material from his extensive collection of industrial scrap metal salvaged from 100 years of mining and industrial activity in the area. I subsequently developed an idea that I had first built in my former London studio, shown here, into the 2-tonne sculpture that was shown in ‘Synergia’ at the Galeria de Arte Mexicano in Mexico City and which also served as the starting point for the work in this exhibition. These works, while graphic are also sculptural in nature, in my mind, and are continuing to fuel the development of further works, applications, and arrangements, and I’m continuing to try to figure out new methods to build things without being fixed in one place.”

– Luke
Venice, 2018

 

The above image shows the scrap yard in Cananea where Manuel Muñoz’s collection and workshop are. The large funnel shaped part in the foreground was cut into 19 pieces for the 2-tonne sculpture Chain-Link Twist II: Unrolled Cone, that was exhibited in Synergia in Mexico City early this year.

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

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.

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WALL: Images from the exhibition

Images from the exhibition WALL at William Benington Gallery

31 March – 14 May 2014

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