Roey Hunt (UK) | Philip Zwiegers (RSA)
Private View 08th March 18.00h 22.00h
Open 09.03.13 29.03.13
Closing Party (with performances) 29th March 19.00h 23.00h
âSomething very, very strange in these old woods. Call it what you want. A darkness, a presence. It takes many forms but... its been out there for as long as anyone can remember'
Sheriff Truman, Twin Peaks S01E03
Bruno Glint's fifth exhibition aims to bring a presence of the woods into a white cube gallery space. It is easy to hide in the woods but not so much in the Alpha City. Can these beautifully crafted wooden works reveal some secrets of the forest?
On a closer inspection of both artists' work, we see the labour of man upon nature. Roey Hunt's âBlocks' are unique editions made from various woods sourced from a tree surgeon based in Hayling Island. The wood is shaped, sanded, filled and then preserved with resin before a final coating of lacquer is applied. Each piece is different depending on the wood available at the time and the process celebrates every grain and burr of that specific piece wood. Zwiegers' practice revolves around the fusion of wood and metal. His most recent work explores the complementary possibilities and modification of naturally dried and specifically sourced hardwood with low melting alloys. The objects represent a convergence between man and nature.
Here we have a collection of objects that move from functional to abstract, useful to ornamental. This show aims to contrast the work of these two makers to find a middle term between them and between the boundaries of craft, design and contemporary art. The gloss of Hunt gleams beside the textural exposure of Zwiegers.
On the 29th March there will be a Closing Party from 19.00h 23.00h. This will involve a night of live artistic performances in response to âOut of the Woods'. Performance artists include Ram Samocha and others.
Roey Hunt (b. 1981, Portsmouth) graduated in 3D Design from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University in 2003. Since then he has worked at âOther People's Sculpture', a company that assists design companies and artists with their prototyping, as well as the creation of one-off works by Martin Boyce, Rachel Whiteread and more. After a decade of experimenting with materials and process by commission, Hunt utilised this knowledge to develop his own practice. His handcrafted objects use a mixture of found and new materials, often together in a single piece. Hunt experiments with the individual strengths of each material, creating accessible products that demonstrate a commitment to truth and simplicity in design. He is showing in Clerkenwell Design Week in May 2013.
Philip Zwiegers (b. 1976, Lichtenburg) grew up in rural South Africa. He transitioned to urban life in London in 2004. Both the rural and the urban have inspired and informed his artistic sensibilities. Zwiegers aims to explore the relationship between the forces of man upon and within nature. Philip Zwiegers lives and works between Pretoria and London. âOut of the Woods' is the first showing of his recent work.
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