‘ARIOS DIPTYCH’ 2014
Office / reception wall sculptures
Dimensions 200 x 80 x 20 cm each
Conning Asset Management Ltd, London
Ostensibly these are sculptural representations of water vapour or clouds. Cloud forms can look solid to us when we see them from below or above. Artists have sought to capture their fascinating transient beauty in painting and photography but is rare to find as a subject for sculpture.
British artist Antony Gormley first tried it out with his steel construction ‘The Quantum Cloud’, a 3D steel messy-like construction at London’s Millennium Dome (O2 Arena) in 1999 and then later again in 2007 with ‘Cloud Chamber‘ at the Haywood Gallery, London where he created ‘a real cloud‘ in a glass box which people were able to walk through. Spanish artist Jaume Plensa’s ‘Nuage Series’ 2012 of floating cloud form and figure are another example and of course so are Andy Warhol’s ‘Silver Clouds’ 1966.
"The white-painted mesh as a material is distinctly reminiscent of translucent canvas and its modelling creates a liveliness and sense of movement that is further enhanced by the use of projected shadow combined with strategic lighting across the undulating relief surface of the sculpture. The white sculptures represent a simple reversal from black - a sculpturally optical and graphic rendition - to white - a sculpturally tactile rendition of surface and form."