A New Exhibition of Work by Ian Kirkpatrick
Canadian artist Ian Kirkpatrick uses graphic design software to produce intricate 2D and 3D artworks out of materials including stainless steel, vinyl, corrugated cardboard, Perspex and Dibond.
The surfaces of his pieces are filled with complex iconographies drawn from past and present, remixed into commentaries about pressing social themes such as war, climate change and migration.
Funded by a grant from Arts Council England, Mythomania is a new body of 2D and sculptural work which explores humanity’s ongoing fascination with mythical narratives – from ancient Greek legends to modern superheroes and ’fake news’.
The large-scale sculptures allude to ancient monuments, dragons and robots – whilst the surface of his artworks reflect our culture’s continuing obsession with epic takes on heroes, villains, utopias and impending apocalypse.
The work draws cultural connections across time and space, identifying parallels between present-day global societies and ancient civilisations, and aims to show how myth is still a vital force in culture, acting as a lens for contemporary societal aspirations, fantasies and fears.
Several of the artworks will be created using manufacturing processes and materials which are new to Ian. These will include large-scale ‘soft’ sculptures made of printed tarpaulin, leather and canvas, sculpted into monolithic forms recalling contested antiquities such as the Elgin Marbles, as well as modern fashion goods. These will be supported by plinths and fabricated steel structures that echo retail displays. Ian will also create a monumental sculpture made from Dibond, Perspex and vinyl that evokes ancient totems and modern industrial signage.
The exhibition will be on show at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre from 6 July to 5 October 2019. it will then be available to hire from 14 October 2019.
The hire fee for the exhibition will be in the region of £1800 plus VAT per eight week period and includes:
For further information, please call Janine Parrish on 01724 297076 or email; firstname.lastname@example.org