For the exhibition, Swallow has made a new group of wall and plinth-based sculptures in patinated bronze. The pieces are cast from assemblages created with materials such as rattan, milled wood and cardboard, exploring the grand possibilities of the most ordinary of materials.
Swallow’s elemental sculptures contain combinations of references and form within one body of work, from the fluid more organic compositions cast from twisted rattan, which allow gravity to influence their own designs, to the nuanced industrial and geometric forms that punctuate the gallery. In Swallow’s sculpture, space is a frame for the work.
Several pieces in the exhibition have been conceived in direct response to the architecture of Modern Art’s gallery at Helmet Row. ‘Triple Zero with Rope’ are two sculptures that will be installed with a direct relationship to the diagonal sawtooth roof of the gallery, whilst another work ‘Scribe Sculpture #1’ (2017), is cast from a transcribed piece of wood taken from the artist’s house, which similarly repeats this staggered diagonal pattern. In other works, Swallow contributes forms implying a structural behaviour (works span corners, model repeated axis etc.) which seem in dialogue with the industrial quality of the gallery space.