TRANSITIONS1. Mar - 5. Apr 13 / ended Halcyon Gallery (New Bond st.)
Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
Noun: The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
British sculptor Simon Gudgeon opens his new exhibition of kinetic and abstract sculptures called 'Transitions' - a reminder of the ever changing world in which we live, nothing is permanent and nothing lasts forever.
The concept of kinetic art has been in existence since the time of the ancient Egyptians who made particular use of the lever, the inclined plane, and potentially the log roller to aid in construction of the Great Pyramids. A radical wave of art in the late 1950s, riding on the back of action-infused Abstract Expressionism, gave way to the reintroduction of kinetics as an art form. Visionaries such as Alexander Calder and George Rickey were largely responsible for the popularity of the movement, which lasted through to the late 1970s and resulted in iconic works such as Calder’s monumental mobiles and Rickey’s rotating squares.
Characteristic of recirculating trends, the 21st century has seen a revival in the interest of kinetic art. The beauty of kinetic sculpture, in particular, continues to captivate the viewer as during times of change, the random and surprising movements seem to echo the persistent acts of disintegration and recovery.
Transitions, in many ways, demonstrates a natural progression from Gudgeon’s traditional focus. Although elements of the natural world are still highly pronounced, their forms have now been acutely abstracted and many set in motion. Gudgeon is no stranger to artistic contemplation, many of his previous works having been inspired during trips abroad or constant and detailed study of his subjects; but for this inaugural exhibition, his kinetic sculptures allow him to move beyond his past oeuvre, whilst maintaining the intrinsic beauty and grace for which his art is respected and known.
Gudgeon’s kinetic sculptures will also be exhibited at the KINETICA Art Fair on the 28 February to the 3 March 2013. http://www.kinetica-artfair.com/