Artists Talk: War in 3 Dimension’s

26 Apr 2016

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In the House of St Barnabas' beautiful chapel, artists Hew Locke, Michael Sandle & Tim Shaw will be in discussion, moderated by Indra Khanna


We are in the age of constant war and instant images; photography, TV, with press, combatants and civilians tweeting and posting online.  How can artists find validity within their solid, 3D practice to talk about issues of conflict?

Join us for a conversation between three respected sculptors about how they attack these topics in their work.  How do they find validity within their solid, 3D practice to talk about issues of conflict?  And what has been the reaction of different audiences?

The artists:

Michael Sandle R.A. - Sandle's best known work may be A Twentieth Century Memorial (originally entitled A Mickey-Mouse Machine-Gun Monument for Amerika) now in the Tate collection.  His Malta Siege Memorial includes a thirteen-tonne bronze bell that tolls daily over the harbour.  His Iraq Triptych  won the Hugh Casson Drawing Prize in 2007.  Sandle served in the Royal Artillery during his National Service.

Tim Shaw R.A. - Shaw is equally as likely to approach his themes using figures from Greek myth as images from a newspaper.  His best known work may be the immersive installation Casting a Dark Democracy, sparked by the photograph of a torture victim at the Iraqi Abu Ghraib prison.   His Man on Fire won the Jack Goldhill Prize for Sculpture in 2015. His recent installation Mother, the Air is Blue, the Air is Dangerous draws on a childhood experience of being caught up in the bombing of a department store in Belfast.

Hew Locke - Locke investigates the visual codes and displays of Power.   His inspirations stretch from Assyrian reliefs in the British Museum to photo-studio portraits of the Taliban.   Sikandar, his proposal for the Fourth Plinth, talked about the repeating cycle of war in Afghanistan.  In 2015 his sculpture The Jurors was unveiled  at Runnymede to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, and investigates the struggle for human rights.  His ship-wide intervention The Tourists, on board HMS Belfast, contemplated the effect of battle ships on the crew and the places  that they visit.

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Tim Shaw

Michael Sandle

Hew Locke


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