Aluminium wall sculptures
13 MARCH – 13 APRIL 2007
Jill George Gallery is delighted to announce the latest solo exhibition by Mark Firth, who has been showing at the Gallery since 1996. This exhibition will present a selection of new aluminium wall sculptures.
Over the past decade, Firth has produced sculptures exploring the basic form of the cube, and more works from this ongoing series will be presented in this exhibition. But it also marks a departure in that he will be showing pieces which, although larger, are still based on the proportions of the square. As before, the core material is carefully machined, etched and patinated in a creative process that evokes a tension between aging and pristine freshness, corroded and sparkling smooth, interior and surface.
Aluminium is the material from which precision engines are manufactured and constructed to the finest tolerances. Harnessing a variety of industrial processes, Mark Firth obsessively works this metal in his exploration of the full range of geometric, associative and structural possibilities available. The extreme mathematical precision in the fabrication of each piece is moderated and complemented by the smooth, softer-edged finishes of the completed objects.
Fascinated by the simplicity of minimal forms and their surprising visual complexity, the artist makes us aware of the infinite number of ways in which they can be shaped, reshaped and toned by milling, boring, cutting and turning, and then finished with polished, etched, scribed and textured surfaces. Each individual work is an exploration of basic form which evolves through the activity of its making until considered complete. Placed together, the works assume and generate their own links and associations
A recent commission for the University of Sheffield produced the aluminium channel that forms the core dimension of the new, larger works. Solid, and monumental, with a majestic presence far greater and more imposing than their actual dimensions, Mark Firth has once again articulated a group of exquisite sculptural forms that approach the technical limits of what is possible in this medium.
‘Instrumental’ is sponsored by the University of Sheffield; Wrigley’s Solicitors, Sheffield; and Moore & Wright
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