Chadwick has long been preoccupied with the evocation of nature, and the assembled works are largely inspired by the undulating countryside of his native Gloucestershire. The centrepiece of the exhibition, Come Together, 2015, a sculpture made of 18 carat, sold gold, is typical. The highly polished interiors of each part are topographical reliefs taken from an Ordinance Survey map, while the exteriors are flat and similar to the type of gold bar one imagines sitting in the vaults of Fort Knox; indeed, when the two halves are conjoined this is exactly what it becomes. Marry Me, 2008, a similarly created work made of solid silver, is shown in the upstairs gallery along with editioned works in acrylic and gold-plated bronze.
Affixed to the back wall of the gallery are two further topographical reliefs, constructed from wood and coated in plaster, and on the right-hand wall three ‘flock paintings’. The latter, which have been created by an electro-static process devised by the artist, are displayed on glass. To create these and the other works Chadwick has harnessed his engineering background, and interest in computer technology to explore new ways of representing the natural world. He says: ‘The lines [in these works] are reproductions of the sorts of things I see on my computer screen when I’m generating paths to create these pieces. I see them and I want to capture them and I have captured them, and that is the job of an artist to try to possess visual (or other) experiences.’
Says gallery director Eleesa Dadiani: ‘The assembled works are a compelling survey of Daniel Chadwick’s current practice – each work is beautiful and full of surprises, both in the mediums he has engaged with, and the processes that have brought them into being.’