Candice Bees, Rodney Bender, Clare Bigger, Naomi Blake
Sadie Brockbank, Nikki Cass, Michael Challenger, Anita Mandl
Edward Murray, Zoe Rubens, Johannes Von Stumm, Marjan Wouda
The Sculpture Show brings together twelve sculptors working in a wide variety of mediums and styles.
Many are long standing artists with Curwen Gallery, whereas others, such as in the case of Candice Bees, are showing with us for the first time. Her work ‘Unnatural Selection’ was featured in the Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition and saw her awarded with the Urban Wildlife category.
Anita Mandl is another artist who focuses on wildlife, her ‘Baby Elephant’ and ‘Penguin & Chick’ feature in this exhibition, in small, tactile bronzes with coloured patinations. Edward Murray’s bronze ‘Boxing Hares’ have an appealing energy, and Clare Bigger’s animals and figures in stainless steel capture both form and movement, created just as much by the spaces left as the sculpture itself. With a more surreal edge, Sadie Brockbank’s bears with foliage patterned backs appear part of a narrative, and Marjan Wouda’s ‘Spectral Cat’ has a knowing look which could tell many stories.
Michael Challenger is also an new artist to Curwen, his small works in plywood are two-dimensional, which comes as a surprise due to the powerful optical illusion they create of geometric shapes interlocked in what looks like far greater spatial depth.
Naomi Blake’s bronze forms are a testimony to her personal strength and faith in humanity. As a Holocaust survivor, she has spent her life ever since making work to promote understanding between faiths.
Nikki Cass, wall hanging pieces of fused and painted glass forms compliment Rod Bender’s ‘Sceptre Series’ of shaped glass rods. Johannes Von Stumm also works in glass, his ‘Sea Puzzle’ a cube of interlocking sections of different colours.
Zoe Rubens work made from mixed metal, recycled and found objects, from keys, spoons to cheese graters, is wonderfully haphazard and eccentric and yet at the same time, beautifully elegant.