The latest exhibition at Hoxton Arches is a group exhibition, featuring six artists, which draws on the themes of transition and process.

It is a sculpture centric show, but in the physicality of the works, the show’s main focus is highlighted. The themes occur in different ways in the exhibition. Some works explore duration as the work changes over time and some explore the transition between media in examining sculpture’s role in an interdisciplinary artwork. 

The artist Durbin Lewis explores the interdisciplinary potential of sculpture. Durbin Lewis is presenting two works at this exhibition; one in particular examines the boundaries between painting and sculpture. Entitled King Size Mattress – Cage (the weight of my ineptitude) the work is a king sized mattress caged in stainless steel, mild steel and grained aluminium  which is then mounted on the gallery wall. As well as exploring notions of the readymade, this piece explores the interdisciplinary potentials of sculpture by bringing painting’s methodology into a 3D piece. This is achieved not only by hanging a sculpture but also by painting the steel in red oxide and in the sculpture’s aesthetic construction. The structure of the steel at the front of the sculpture alludes to early abstract or cubist paintings. 

…explores the transition from the solid nature of a sculpture into a liquid form…

The show also exhibits two works by Andrea Zucchini. One artwork, called Theosis, explores the transition from the solid nature of a sculpture into a liquid form, as the viewer is confronted with a video of a sculpture slowly melting. Not only does the piece Theosis explore transition in a physical state, it is also is an interdisciplinary piece being both video and sculpture. 

Sculpture and video is used in another way in the exhibition. In a separate room two projections and sculptures form Wanda Wieser’s contribution. The videos are projected over sculptures drawing our awareness to our perspective and sculpture’s presence in space. The projection shows images of crystals and mountains, which we are used to seeing as solid, but instead are ethereal objects in the space.

…an enjoyable investigation into the mutable nature of sculpture… 

Each work in this exhibition explores the themes of transition and process and the show is carefully put together, and there is an aesthetic unity in the show, as all works have linear visuals. Only a few works, however, give the viewer more to work with than just transition and process and therefore there is danger that the exhibition could feel cold. This exhibition is however, an enjoyable investigation into the mutable nature of sculpture and what emerging artists are exploring within the field. 

The exhibition was at the Hoxton Arches from the 10 December until the 12 December, but their website offers a more permanent space for the work and the artists’ investigations: check it out here.

About The Author

Jessica Bunyard is an artist and writer. Her practice explores colour and music, using photography, film, photograms, performances and collaborations. Bunyard formed the performance group The Sculptural Orchestra which involves members improvising using metal sculptures as instruments and photographs as visual scores. @TheScOrchestra Jessica Bunyard has exhibited in numerous events including: 'Salon II' at Forman's Smokehouse Gallery from the 1st December to the 29th January and 'Perception' an exhibition in aid of RNIB at Bermondsey Project Space from the 18th August to the 25th August 2012

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