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Forms + Figures
Jan 7@10:00 am-4:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until Jun 30, 2022
Garden Exhibition January 5 – June 30, 2022
Forms + Figures celebrates the many facets of sculpture through the works of 4 artists: Patrick Hurst’s physics-defying spheres, Julian Wild’s geometric abstractions, Tarik Currimbhoy’s kinetic forms, and Jason Myers’ towering figures. Though each work is composed of steel, no artist’s works could be confused for another’s; this exhibition is testament to the artists’ creativity in both concept and in execution.
About the Artists
Tarik Currimbhoy (Indian/American, b. 1954)
Classically trained in the arts, industrial design, and architecture, Tarik Currimbhoy is a trifecta of artistic prowess. Having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Architecture from the Pratt Institute, as well as a Master of Arts from Cornell University, Currimbhoy later went on to teach at both institutions (Drawing at Cornell and Design at Pratt).
In both architecture and sculpture, Currimbhoy searches for tranquility, simplicity and tactility, expressed in purity of both form and material. Inspired by ancient architecture of building blocks resting on each other in tension and compression, his sculptures are “stories of structure and gravity”, held together under compression in stone and metal.
Currimbhoy has mastered the juxtaposition of the old and the new, using handcrafting and ancient casting techniques to create sculptures that are modern and minimal in form. His design work has been published internationally and his sculptures may be found across the world in public spaces as well as corporate and private collections.
Patrick Hurst (b. 1988)
Patrick Hurst graduated in 2011 from the Cardiff School of Fine Art and Design in Wales, UK with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. After graduation, he moved back to his native Cambridge and worked at Kettle’s Yard Gallery, home to an eclectic collection of 20th century British masters. He realized that his passion for material, especially steel, combined with his prodigious ability to handle tools to model form could turn him into a skilled artist. Thus visual language was established and his path as a full-time artist began.
The artist applies mathematical laws when conceiving the shapes of his sculptures, and most of his work has a satisfactory sense of proportion derived from Euclidean geometry. Hurst’s work sits on the line between art and engineering; throughout his practice, he has developed his technical skills, understanding of manual machining, computer-aided design and manufacture as well as employing industrial processes to provide the raw materials for his sculptures. The results are tactile shapes, highly finished and frequently using mirror polished surfaces to challenge the viewer’s expectations of reality when they encounter their reflections in the artwork.
Hurst’s sculptures are therefore informed both by the objective and the subjective realm, the first fueled by science and facts, the second by the emotional response of his audience. As Cassie Beadle, curator at COB Gallery (London) comments about Hurst’s work: “Hurst’s recent sculptural work seeks to condense and harness the complexities of ancient mathematics, human history and its experience into pure form – Hurst urges us to question the universalities of human experience.”
Jason Myers (b. 1972)
Jason Myers is a prolific multi-disciplinary artist with studios in Indiana and the Netherlands. Myers received his bachelor’s degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from American University.
Myers has built upon his rich experience in different media, many of which he has taught at University level, and combined this experience with consistent evolution of both his style and technique. This resulted in a unique combination of traditional artistic and industrial raw materials in his current work – work in which technology is married to economics and the feeling of utter alienation haunts the figures populating the works. His artwork invites the use of such materials as steel, resin and computer generated prints. Complex, layered, and exquisitely executed, Myers’ work often questions our current political and socioeconomic environment.
With works exhibited across the United States and abroad, Myers’ acclaim has only grown in the past several years. The artist’s solo museum exhibit titled “STATUS: fluid/dynamic” has traveled to both the Polk Museum of Art (2017) and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette (2019). During the summer of 2018, Myers was selected to create a monumental (60-foot tall, 38-ton) sculpture for the Lowlands Music Festival (Netherlands). His works are in the permanent collection of several museums, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In addition, works have been featured in museum exhibitions including: The Mint Museum (2018-19), Museum de Fundatie / Kasteel het Nijenhuis (2018), and the Cornell Museum (2016).
Julian Wild has been making sculpture for 30 years. After graduating from Kingston University, Wild worked as an assistant to Damian Hirst before developing his own career path.
Wild has exhibited at venues including: Chatsworth House (Sotheby’s), Sculpture in the City, Canary Wharf, Modern Art Oxford, William Benington Gallery, V22 and The Saatchi Gallery.
He has completed commissions for: Cate Blanchett, The University of Oxford, Modern Forms, Fidelity lnvestments, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Crest Nicholson, Wyeth Europa, Schroders Investment Management, Radley College, Oxford, Jerwood Sculpture Park, Sculpture in the Parklands in Ireland, Sir George Iacobescu, The Lightbox Gallery and Canary Wharf Group.
He was awarded The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Arts club Trust Studio Bursary from 2009-2012. He won an individual Arts Council Grant in 2011, in 2005 he was a finalist in the Jerwood Sculpture Prize and won the Millfield Sculpture Prize in the same year. Julian Wild is a fellow of The Royal Society of Sculptors and was Vice-president from 2015-2019. He is the Sculpture Pathway leader and senior lecturer at The Art Academy London. He lives and works in Sussex, UK.
Julian Wild’s works allude to minimalist sculptures disrupted by interventions and gestures within their form. He often uses colour as an agent to exaggerate the contrast between interior and exterior. The colours that he uses reference the painted sculptures of modernists such as Judd and Caro.
Drawing plays an important part in Wild’s practice: in his sculptures linear, coloured elements articulate through space to describe from, whilst works on paper act to create an illusion of form, creating scenarios sometimes impossible to make in 3D.
The earlier System series were an exploration into materiality and ways of doing: appropriating plumbing and scaffolding to create drawings in space that described ordered geometric forms.
The Indeterminate sculptures emerged from the internal sections of the Systems series. These works are loosely based on perennials and weeds but are made in industrial box section steel and bronze. They attempt to emulate natural structures. These sculptures act like visual puzzles as they split open, with metallic exteriors revealing vibrantly coloured interiors and visa versa.