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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.

Images

Video

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

 

Proving Ground: Trailer, and stills from the on site filming

Between the 20th and 27th of August, 2014, filming was undertaken on site, of the completion of the sculpture Semi-Floating Structure. The forthcoming film will be screened at various locations.

Proving Ground Stills

Trailer

Decisive Action: National Center for Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Decisive Action brings four Russian and four British artists together presenting new, exciting commissions in the public park outside the Ural Branch of NCCA.

The park is an unusual venue: by presenting the works on the lawn typical barriers between the citizens of Ekaterinburg and contemporary contemporary art are breaking down.

The commission draw on the local industrial heritage and address everyday concerns and activities such as food, public space or communication space.

The commission take on varied forms from traditional sculpture to food performances and a conceptual type safari.

Decisive Action will shed light on the important role the public park plays in everyday of Ekaterinburg. It is meant to draw its citizens out of their apartments, offices, bars and malls and congregate amidst the commissions and in public. A series of events – musical, theatrical, poetical – will frame the exhibition and offer further activities for all ages and interests.

NCCA

Decisive Action

Proving Ground: Prototyping at YSP

From April 30, 2014 through May 7, 2014 Yorkshire Sculpture Park hosted a prototyping exhibition for the Semi-Floating Structure as part of the upcoming film Proving Ground currently in production in collaboration with Daniel Gower.

Semi-Floating Structure

Studio and Construction