The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture

img_8036[Above – An image I took of the Hepworth Gallery]fent__1473682690_website_bannerHepworth Gallery Website

The exhibition I specifically went to see was ‘The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture’ exhibition, which was created as a celebration the the 5th anniversary of the galleries opening. (The gallery was named after Barbra Hepworth a British sculptor.)

Although the prize has ultimately been given to Helen Marten, it was the work of David Medalla which greatly appealed to me.

‘Cloud Canyons’ 1964-2016img_8041

This work was formed out of wood, acrylic, an electric engine, water and soap. The result being the gradual growth and evolution of these beautiful foam columns. As the air meets the bubbles they gently burst, relating a soft crackling noise. In addition if you walked past quickly, creating a breeze, the foam would sway and move as a result of your movement, making it almost interactive.

‘The most important thing is to give life to materials, so that instead of finding ourselves separate from them, we find a complete dialogue with the material.’
(Quoted in Brett 1995, p.62.)

The ever growing foam, does not totally destroy itself as it rises. Eventually the columns fall over, bending over the end of the pipes, resulting in a pile of foam resting in the circular base, which eventually morf into one another.

The clean lines and sensory experience I experienced when viewing this kinetic sculpture pleased me greatly. At first you were unaware of the movement of the foam, however as you noticed the soft sound of the bubbles bursting, the process became clear.

[Below – is the wall description of the artist, displayed alongside his work]img_8042



Author: Crisiant Williams

I am a Fine Art student, studying at Cardiff School of Art and Design.

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