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London – Steve Bishop at Galleria Vela

Has something just starting? Or has something just finished? Somewhere in a place betwixt and between, somewhere between the worn and the raw, the new and the old, the bought and the found, Steve Bishop’s seven new sculptural compositions at Gallery Vela, London develop from and find inspiration in the material place.

Above – Steve Bishop, xxxx, 2010

Steve Bishop, XXXX, 2010

In the works XXXX (2010) and xxxx (2010), vintage metallic coffee table legs jut out from the wall as their re-orientation doesn’t just dislocate the object from its former function, it literally allows for a new reading.  Blue, orange, grey and brown lighting gels fill the gaps between the legs casting colourful shadows on the wall as we see how light, colour, reflection and shadow become significant materials objects in Bishop’s work.

Four new works from the artist’s ongoing series “My work here is done” are presented. Here Bishop leaves his chosen materials to behave as they do as his work ends,  leaving the materials to decipher the work’s own aesthetic outcome.  In the piece My work here is done XV, Bishop props several sheets of glass up against the gallery wall all varying in hue, size and degree of transparency.  Other works from the series see bits of plastic or an audio cassette tape caught in mid dance between two pieces of glass.  Or two glass coffee table tops joined by a third arbiter rounding out the composition.

Steve Bishop, My Work Here Is Done XV, 2010

Steve Bishop, My Work Here Is Done XIV, 2010

Steve Bishop, My Work Here Is Done XII, 2010

Steve Bishop, The Difference Between Mating Parts, 2010

Without expectation to behave beyond their natural properties, it is as if through a process of alchemy, the simple, clean and unworked materials work together to reveal the unexpected arrangements of controlled formalism.
Text by Samara Aster. Images courtesy of the artist and Gallery Vela, London. Photo: Michael Heilgemeir.
A closure event on the 25 September 2010, from 4pm in the gallery: John Cage recital performed by musicians Ensemble Mausoleum (Leo Chadburn, Jamie Doe, Zac Gvi, Lucy Railton and Dave Schulman) and a solo performance by Charlotte Webber.

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