Archive for Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth

The Battle for Trafalgar begins (fourth plinth)

Posted in ART, DESIGN, exhibitions, SCULPTURE with tags , , , , on July 20, 2010 by echostains

Yonka Shonibare's Nelson ship

As I wrote previously in this post, Yinka Shonbare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle occupies the fourth plinth at moment in Trafalgar Square London UK.  Six other artist have been shortlisted and shall battle it out for the prestigious fourth plinth place when Shonibare has vacated it.  Who shall be the victor?

Katherina Fritsch

Among the artist are British artists Hew Locke and Brian Griffiths.  They shall compete against duos Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset.  Katherina Fritsch and Mariele Neudecker have also made proposals.

I wrote a post featuring Fritsch’s work a while ago (seen here).  The other artists work, I am unfamiliar with but the people shall decide whose work shall go up in time for the  2012 Olympics.  miniature versions of the aforementioned artist’s work shall be displayed in the crypt of nearby St Martin’s in the field church and all shall be a sculpture!  Read all about this exciting prospect here!

Boneshaker Brian Griffiths

One of the artists (Brian Griffiths) has been described as a’ junk shop Viking’ which sounds eclectic and quirky enough to peak my interest.  Here’s some of his work at the Saatchi Gallery.

Dust to Dust sculpture Hew Locke

Edinburgh born artist Hew Locke’s work looks pretty interesting.  Read a short description of the all the artist work here

Hew Locke work here and in this gallery.  Fritsch image from here Shonibare image from here

The Big Ship Sails (from the Fourth plinth)

Posted in ART, DESIGN, exhibitions, PAST PLACES with tags , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2010 by echostains

SEPT 2009 a-merry-plinther-taking-the-air

I wrote a bit about Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth project (One and Other) a while ago here and here.  The empty plinth in Trafalgar Square London  UK attracted a lot of criticism  at the time.  People who volunteered for this were chosen randomly and each allotted an hour to perform on the plinth (one very hour).   This lasted from  6th July – 14th October 2009 and lasted 100 days.   There were some stunning performances (and some best forgotten).

The plinth is now empty, but not for long, the work of UK artist Yinka Shonibare MBE whose work explores colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation will fill this space. Shonibare explores through the media of sculpture, film, painting and performance and installation. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2004.  One of the main components of his work is his use of brightly coloured African fabrics which he buys from London markets.

Mr and Mrs Andrews without their heads by Yinka Shonibare

Among his pieces, Shonibare has also taken famous paintings and given them his own expression. Mr and Mrs Andrews without their heads (Gainsborough) is one example.  He has also recreated these paintings in carefully posed videos.  His work is multi layered and deserves a place of his own (which I will go into later)

Yinka Shonibare MBE and a small model of the ship

The Fourth Plinths latest tenant shall be ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ by Shonibare.  This is an exact replica of Nelson’s famous Flagship in The Battle of Trafalgar   HMS Victory with African looking fabric sails which are actually Dutch wax fabrics: these are significant to the artist’s work:-

 “The Dutch wax fabrics were originally Indonesian-influenced fabrics, known as batik. The Dutch tried the Indonesian market with industrially produced versions and then subsequently [when this failed to work] they turned to West Africa, where they’re now known as African textiles,” Shonibare explains. “It’s an apt metaphor for understanding that behind a fixed idea or stereotype there are other complex layers……” (rest of the interview here)

detail-of-shonibare-fabric the swing after Fragonard

 Shonibare hopes that people will want to engage with his art and debate about it.  I wish that I could have actuallyseen this piece but we were too early – it goes up tomorrow.  Perhaps later in the year we shall have another trip to London.  I shall definitely be taking photo’s of this if we do!

Excellent interview about this artist here
images from here and here and here

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