New Art in the Garden

New Art in the Garden

When: 01 March 2013 to 31 October 2013
Where: High Gardens at Lanhydrock House
Time: 1000 - 1600
Cost: As per gardens
Suitable for: Any age

Art in the Garden is a new project showcasing 6 artist/ blacksmith installations in the beautiful setting of Lanhydrock's gardens. Artists invited to submit pieces are John Christian, Garry Johnson and Fiona Campbell.

NEW ART IN THE GARDEN

Garry R. Johnson, MSDC started blacksmithing after spending thirteen years working as a civil engineer both in theUKand abroad. After studying for two years at Hereford College of Rural Crafts, where he gained a B.Tec Certificate and Diploma, Garry returned toCornwallwhere he set up his own forge making small craft goods, and demonstrating blacksmithing skills at theMorwellhamQuayWorkingMuseum. To develop his career further he attended Hereford College of Art and Design to study for an Artist Blacksmith degree where he specialised in traditional and contemporary design.

 During this time Garry exhibited in The Three Counties and Royal Welsh and Yorkshire County shows, where he won, amongst others awards, the ‘E. J. James Memorial Trophy’ for the best work produced by a first year apprentice. On graduating, Garry exhibited at the ‘New Designers’ show in Islington, London, where his work was featured on local television news and was described in the Financial Times as ‘exuberant’ and ‘sophisticated’. He has enjoyed successful exhibitions in both Islington and Chelsea since this, as well as showing pieces in art galleries local to his Cornish forge.

Grasping the Wisp Forged steel (1750mm x 1550mm x 40mm)

 A ‘sketch in the air’ has been inspired by Henri Matisse’s later sketches and the work of Roy Lichtenstein. This sculpture represents the moment in an artist’s mind at the start of the design process when they search for inspiration outside themselves. It forms part of a series of work meditating on the creative impulse.

Looking Inward Forged steel (1650mm x 1330mm x 40mm)

 A ‘sketch in the air’ has been inspired by Henri Matisse’s later sketches and the work of Roy Lichtenstein. This sculpture represents the moment in an artist’s mind at the start of the design process when they search for inspiration outside themselves. It forms part of a series of work meditating on the creative impulse.

John G. Christian, FWCB, MSDC has had a life long interest in traditional forge work which was inspired by the late Frank Dean, who had worked in the blacksmithing trade for seventy years.

As a designer-maker, John’s work ranges from executing new original designs, copying works originally made by blacksmiths of old, and conserving and renovating original period pieces. He also enjoys working with clients to help develop their own ideas.

After an apprenticeship with the Countryside Agency, John was awarded a Certificate of Merit and was endorsed by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths from which he later received a Diploma of Merit.  For this he had to prove his blacksmithing skills over several years in order to demonstrate competence in making different types of articles involving many techniques. John was accepted as an Associate Member of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths (AWCB) and has recently been made a Fellow (FWCB).

 35 Steel (750mm x 750mm x 2850mm)

 This steel structure is formed by 12 plates, 750mm x 500mm x 8mm, all being cut to size using a hand held disc cutting machine – this eliminates any distortion that accompanies either oxy-acetylene cutting or machine cropping.

 The modules are cut specifically to form the 'keys', vital to the successful building and integrity of the sculpture. Prior to hand assembly (which has no mechanical connections at all) all the components have been grit blasted to remove scale and present a uniform surface to the atmosphere. It is now that nature will take over and naturally oxidize the steel surface, it will be continually changing in hue throughout the seasons – the fourth dimension of these works.

 Free at last Steel (1500mm diameter)

 Separate hoops of steel, hand rolled on ancient wheelwright's rollers are bolted in an industrial fashion to create tension and strength. A length of chain floating horizontally makes this structure appear to have broken free from an anchor point that is out of sight. After hand assembly all the components have been grit blasted to remove scale and present a uniform surface to the atmosphere. It is now that nature will take over and naturally oxidize the steel surface, it will be continually changing in hue throughout the seasons – the fourth dimension of these works.

 There remains a fifth dimension – movement . . . .

 Fiona Campbell was born and bred inKenya, Fiona graduated with distinction in Fine Art, Sculpture from the Byam Shaw School of Art,London, and later gained a PGCE atExeterUniversity.

 She creates mixed media sculptures wrought as primal, linear, nest-like structures often in an apparent state of emergence, growth or metamorphosis. A mix of delicate and strong, earthy and ethereal, her work is inspired by the micro and macro world, reflecting an interest in our relationship with nature’s cyclical persistence, threads weaving through all things, vitalism and the essence of life. She is particularly drawn to the raw energy, longevity and varied patinas of steel, copper, wire, found and recycled materials, the concept of giving things a rebirth and the playfulness of creating forms from given shapes. She is currently exploring colour, texture, transparency and contrasts, working in a linear way to construct drawings in space. Instinctive building processes such as wrapping, weaving and layering become a form of 3d mark making.

Fiona also teaches art, runs community projects and holds artist-in-residence posts.

Chameleon Reclaimed steel, wire, bottle tops and buttons (2500mm x 700mm x 650mm mm)

 The skeletal structure was made from found and recycled components, welded together. Various recycled wires have been woven through to give it more colour and form. Created in three sections, the piece was adorned at the Larmer Tree Festival, where adult participants helped Fiona add more wire, recycled bottle tops and buttons. ‘Chameleon’ also featured at Stourhead National Trust Estate’s ‘Beyond the Garden Gate’ Sculpture Trail.

 Fiona makes predominantly sculptural pieces using steel, copper, wire and found materials. Her work reflects an interest in the vitality and essence of life; textured, woven structures often related to primal forms.

Butterfly III on Spiky Pod Wire, copper, steel and found materials (2000mm x 900mm x 60mm)

 Fiona makes predominantly sculptural pieces using steel, copper, wire, recycled and found materials. Her work reflects an interest in the vitality and essence of life; textured, primal, woven or skeletal structures often inspired by nests, cocoons and the insect world. She works in a linear way, constructing drawings in space. Instinctive building processes such as wrapping, weaving and layering become a form of 3D mark making.

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