Castle & Estate Artist-in-Residence Project
Belvoir "3Rs: Reclaimed, Recycled, Raw" Sculpture Trail
Sculpture Symposium 2011
Ryan Curtis & Ryan Kerslake "A467-2"
Ryan Curtis (in his final year of a BA Fine Art Practices course at Plymouth College of Art) and Ryan Kerslake (on a Foundation degree in Applied Arts: Ceramics, Metal and Glass at the same college) were selected from the national competition to take part in a sculpture symposium in the UK which took place during the Spring of 2011 in Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir. They had applied as a collaborative team, to work creatively together for the first time.
Showing flexibility and intelligence, early during the 3Rs Sculpture Symposium both artists realised their originally submitted project would benefit from morphing into a different shape inspired by the site-specific incident of a plane crash landing in the local farmer's field. Availability (or lack of it) of recycled steel also guided their choice of final shape and scale for the piece which they ultimately titled "A467-2".
photo credit: Zita Tatrai www.zitaphotos.co.uk
Located along the Grantham Canal between the Woolsthorpe lock and Stenwith bridges, this welded sculpture is both powerful and minimalistic, reflecting a dynamic new collaborative art practice.
Ryan Kerslake's artist statement: "My sculptural work is based around natural shapes which have been emulated with unnatural materials, and natural materials which have been processed into manmade materials and structures. I am interested in how these morphed materials act, react and relate to each other. My practice is also concerned with mixing traditional craft skills and contemporary fine art practice, conserving the traditions of craft based work whilst pushing them forward, progressing them to higher critical engagement."
Ryan Curtis' artist statement: "My practice primarily consists of using reclaimed, “junk,” or found objects to create contemporary sculpture and installation with the intention of enabling my audience to create independent narratives within the work. I drive to create, through my sculptural and installation work, a platform to question the nature of reality and the fictionality of artwork. I utilise contemporary art forms that engage narratives as extensions of traditional story-telling techniques."
The sculpture was welded in the farm shop of local vale of Belvoir farmers Paul and Peter Sheardown to whom we owe a great deal of gratitude for their help and support throughout the symposium. Both artists also benefitted from the expert advice of civil engineer Andrew Pendleton who volunteered his assistance throughout the symposium.
Note from Laury: Ryan and Ryan (referred to variously as "blonde Ryan and red Ryan" or "the two Ryans") thank you so much for all your help in installing many of the other sculptures! And for letting us bring up your girls - Emily and Tash who capably assisted in diverse ways.
Working out the structural angles was achieved with the help of civil engineer Andrew Pendleton
The 3Rs: Reclaimed, Recycled, Raw Sculpture Trail is an artist-led initiative by sculptor Laury Dizengremel, who garnered the support of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland at Belvoir Castle and received for the project a major donation from Christie's auction house (European office).
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