The combination of sculpture and drawing has become a distinctive element of Gary Colclough's practice, with the new work presented in Other Worldly he drives this investigation even further. Delicate pencil drawings are framed and suspended by meticulously constructed sculptural structures, which not only support but complement them. While Colclough has frequently worked on floor-based structures, the works on show are conceived for wall installation, creating a strong series of constructions connected by the use of geometric outlines.
In Colclough's new works the natural order of things has been upturned, in Slight Return a forest is twice depicted on its side, and There's a World contains a drawing of an upside down tree – or seen the other way – an upside down drawing of a tree. These works appear to be suggesting new perspectives for viewing seemingly common scenes.
The potential readings of the drawings are further complicated by their interaction with sculptural supports. Carefully composed from rosewood and teak hardwoods that are commonly associated with furniture making and decorative arts, the structures integrate a subtle utility with their own aesthetic logic. Their diagrammatic geometry resembles primitive symbols or hieroglyphs, implying a language of arcane symbols that we no longer know how to read.
In Common Ground the structure suspends the drawings in orbit, suggesting a terrestrial rather than heavenly constellation. The support of Edge of Real mimics the architecture of a picture frame, albeit one on the point of collapse. By both adopting and disrupting the conventions of the frame, the work prompts us to question how images are given meaning and purpose by the structures of presentation.
About the Artist
Gary Colclough studied at Chelsea College of Art and Central Saint Martins, where he currently teaches. He has shown in the UK, Germany, China, Netherlands, and the US - most recently he was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2013), participated in exhibitions at Identity Gallery (Hong Kong), Angus-Hughes, PayneShurvell for Collective Gallery, and dalla Rosa (London).
A catalogue of Gary Colclough's work, including an essay by Natasha Ginwala, has been printed in conjunction with the exhibition Other Wordly, please contact the gallery for further information.