From 5 March - 16 May 2015, Art Plural Gallery presents From Earth and Metal: Contemporary Sculpture, a group sculpture exhibition featuring renowned international artists Bernar Venet, Pablo Reinoso, Jedd Novatt, Armen Agop and Yves Dana.
From Earth and Metal: Contemporary Sculpture celebrates the power of sculpture to re-define our environment. Inert in their existence yet dynamic in form, the artists masterfully seize natural and industrial materials such as bronze, steel, wood and stone to achieve profound connections between man, matter and metaphysics.
The exhibition discovers the potential of ordinary mediums beyond their industrial purposes, re-imagined as demonstrations of internal power and its projected effect on external space. Metals such as steel and bronze are wrought into astonishing forms, such as the confident and calculated lines drawn by French artist Bernar Venet’s ‘collapsed’ layers of steel arcs or American artist Jedd Novatt’s abstracted cubic structures that slice through the air in suspended motion. Mathematically measured and constantly at the mercy of gravity, Venet and Novatt’s works exploit the rigidity of their metals in order to architecturally construct the freedom of space around them. Inverting the causal relationship between artistic creation and form, the artists employ abstraction in order to look beyond the structures and towards the creation, or indeed re-creation, of our environment, while at the same time re-defining the material structures as independently valuable, auto-referential beings.