After The Fall Part IV
"exploring the juncture where art, science & indentity collide"
by Richard Sharples, curated by Rebecca Feiner.
Elements Gallery London is delighted to host the final installation of multi disciplinary artist Richard Sharples Spring residency 2017.
It began in the darkness of a February night, with the artists large scale fire sculpture. A delicate work, consisting of surviving remanents, selected and repurposed by the artist from a serious accident he experienced resulting in a void and depression that challenged his own perception of identity.
The fire sculpture, an exact replica of Sharples fingerprint, slowly and hynotically burned illuminating the night sky before turning to ash expressing both pessimism and optimism.
Parts II & III continued to explore and build on these themes of identity and the fundamental questions of what makes us human. Quietly haunting audio, sensitive use of light and Sharples signature everyman figures and human swimmers. The swimmers, returning and escaping, sometimes with and sometimes against the tides of water and life.
The artist throughout his residency has successfully utilsed elements of fire, water, and copper combined with the ever changing weather and light conditions, allowing this unique urban court yard setting of Elements Gallery London to become both a platform and process to experiment and inform his work.
After The Fall Part IV is the culmination of a journey and series of investigations, artistically and physically from darkness into light, but as Richard Sharples firmly states "part IV is a culmination, it is not a conclusion".
Elements Gallery London is the city's first permanent gallery space dedicated to outdoor art.
Elements Gallery London Court yard
@ LUBOMIROV / ANGUS-HUGHES, junction of Lower Clapton Road (entrance) Urswick Road (behind the black gates)
Hackney E5 0PD