JOSH BAUM, APPAU JUNIOR BOAKYE-YIADOM, SARAH PAGER, ROBERT PRATT, LUCIA RIVERO, AMY STEPHENS, JONATHAN TRAYTE
Private view: Thursday 7 July, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Exhibition continues: 8 July – 6 August 2011
Restrike is a sculpture and printmaking term that refers to an impression taken from a sculptor’s mold or a printer’s block at some time after the original edition. It is also used to describe a modern replica of previously issued coins.
The word itself, loosened from its official art term, seems to suggest an action or a renewal of some kind.
This exhibition brings together a group of seven young artists who turn their back on traditional processes and take a contemporary approach to making work, that is more in line with the connotations of renewal and action that the word itself suggest.
Jonathan Trayte’s sculpture combines synthetic superficiality with the organic, irregular shapes of the natural world. Meaty venison bones and lamb steaks are cast in bronze and then gold plated.
Josh Baum facilitates the pleasure of watching something elemental. He has launched a 4-foot weather balloon out of the gallery window which activates the movement of a delicate line on the gallery floor.
Through complex processes that challenge her physically and mentally, Sarah Pager makes vulnerable ephemeral works. Here she exhibits a toilet cast in chocolate and a line of pink syrup windowpanes that filter light into the gallery.
Further works are included in the show that explore action, nostalgia, colour and form by Amy Stephens, Robert Pratt, Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom and Lucia Rivero. Through breaking boundaries and providing a modern take on the idea of installation and sculpture, this group of artists gives new meaning to the word ‘restrike’.