Some great sculpture with materials that sing, I have found recently in London…
001 Holly Hendry – Fatty Acids at Stephen Friedman Gallery
A custard-yellow world wrapped around me, enveloping the work. Bodily functions explored yet somehow transported away from the corporeal by a cheerful palette of pastels and ice-cream colours. A cartoon aesthetic meets humorous Heath Robinson-style contraptions. Beautifully cast forms tessellating together with the satisfaction of a child’s puzzle, while others ooze over edges, a moment suspended in time. Playing off smooth pigmented plaster and jesmonite against the veined variations of marble and interruptions of steel and MDF, Hendry really makes her materials sing, and it’s a tune I love!
002 Olivia Bax – Home Range at Holtermann Fine Art
Onward we voyage in the land of somewhat absurd three-dimensional compositions and I love it! Again I feel hints of Heath Robinson and I’m reminded of work by Nab Nordin. Working in pigmented pulp over steel armatures, I love how Bax is sculpting in colour, it’s almost as if the colour is the material.