Telfer Stokes: Pushing the Boat Out12. Oct - 9. Nov 13 / ended North House Gallery
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Telfer Stokes’ second solo show at North House Gallery shows an increased confidence, bravado even, in the possibilites of his wall pieces made from marine and industrial scrap metal. This raw material is becoming scarcer and also heavier, but once he has decided on the combination and layering of pieces and welded them together, he can remove material from the back to make the works light enough to hang. Some are dramatically large and designed to fit in or around corners; others are more compact and play with juxtapositions of colour and surprising ready-made elements, which, though once abandoned, are given a whole new life. The catalogue with an introduction by Luke Elwes is available (£10) or e-catalogue on request.
Born in St Ives in 1940, Telfer Stokes grew up surrounded by the abstract work of his parents and their artist friends, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo, and paintings by Alfred Wallis. After the Slade, a Fellowship to Brooklyn Museum and showing at the Serpentine, he spent 30 years making and publishing books for his imprint Weproductions. Moving to East Anglia to care for his mother, Margaret Mellis, he returned to sculpture, showing in the Kettles Yard Open in 2008. Prompted, for space reasons, to create wall pieces for his exhibition at North House Gallery in 2010, he started a body of work which in ambition goes beyond the famous driftwood assemblages of his mother and the paper collages of his step-father Francis Davison, whose work is celebrated in the monograph by Andrew Lambirth launched at this exhibition (£25).
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