Saturday, July 30, 2005

South Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Chris Clark came to visit me today in his new car, he'd already been to pick up Helen C and she had the great idea of going to South Yorkshire Sculpture Park to have a look around. I'd never been before, and really enjoyed the experience, fantastic vast grounds in which are sequestered many varied sculptures to explore and find. in addition a number of galleries too. Sculpture is an art form that I don't normally appreciate, not someting you see often - apart from statues. In fact, whilst looking at some of these pieces I wondered how it was possible tolearn such techniques to create such vast pieces of work. Some of the pieces must have been incredibly difficult, technically, to construct, and expensive. Helen mentioned that cost was the most prohibitive factor whilst studying art, so the main medias were paper and video. Which is a shame to think that our most inovotive young artists are limited due to lack of funding - who knows what they could come up with otherwise!

I like these pieces, the bold primary colours, and the way that they appear completely different from various angles.

I quite like the form of steel girders, the rusting really gives them some kind of character of their own. How would you put something like this together, or imagine the angles that it would produce?

This anvil is huge, and when i first saw it, i didn't even spot the figure mounted at the top.

Helen had spotted this sculpture from afar, and thought for a moment that it was me, despite not having a head! So I made it look more like me!

Just demonstrates the beautiful surroundings to the sculptures.

Chris pretends to admire a piece, whilst Helen hides behind

I really liked the use of space in this gallery, I took a few surrepticious photos. The colour pictures were vast canvases and must've been a huge task to create mainting the same colour throughout. In fact the black piece had been produced using a knife an dthe different thicknesses of oil made the light shine differently upon the piece, so that close up there were distinct differences in the sheen.


Helen said...

I would just like to mention that the fact that Chris has got a head is not a recent revelation to me.

The sculpture park is a good day out, perhaps a little more enjoyable in nicer weather, but nevertheless worth a look round. And I was interested to hear your reactions, Chris, to the sculptures. I was equally intrigued as to how the forms could have been constructed and how some had changed in their conditions over time. It is refreshing to see sculpture in a natural environment, exposed to the elements of nature and given space to breathe, there seems to be encouragement to interact with work in such an environment. I like the way some forms are visible from a distance, as you view them from across a field and they change as you get closer, and how some surprise you as they appear when you turn a corner and find them sitting there, silently waiting for you to encounter them.

moog said...

Hey helen! It was really exciting to get a reply to my post. So are you going to start a blog now you've registered?

Helen said...

I might do actually....yes, watch this space: i'll set up my blog in the very near future! oh and thanks for sharing your photos with me. I am in the process of getting mine onto photobox so will return the favour and share mine with you soon!

P.S i went to the graves art gallery in town today, there's an exhibition which looks a lot at symbols in art - don't know if you're interested? perhaps if you're passing you might pop in....thought i'd let you know anyhow.