Loss of object and bondage to it at Lubomirov-Easton; Photo credit: Nancy Elser
Frances Richardson, Maquette for ‘Loss of object and bondage to it; Fig, 2’, 2015
Loss of object and bondage to it; Fig. 2 is the third public sculpture commission for ‘Sculpture at Bermondsey Square’, a unique opportunity for an early or mid-career artist to work on a major public artwork. ‘Loss of object and bondage to it; Fig. 2‘ is a sculpture by London-based artist Frances Richardson, whose proposal was selected from applications to VITRINE’s open call. Richardson’s sculptural practice is an inquiry into the relationship between embodied cognition of architecture and human agency.
The sculpture is a development of work made during a studio residency at Lubomirov-Easton in Deptford, London in January 2014. In this work, Richardson constructed MDF supports to hold what appeared to be a draped fabric form. However, on closer inspection, the drape was found to be made of concrete canvas, a flexible concrete impregnated fabric that hardens on hydration to form a thin, concrete layer. What appeared to be a relationship between a hard frame holding a soft drape was in fact a mutually-supportive relationship, with the draped forms providing strength and balance to the overall structure.
To mark the third installment of ‘Sculpture at Bermondsey Square’, Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre and VITRINE will be hosting a panel discussion. Panelists will include selectors from the open call and invited experts in the field of public sculpture, with contributions from project artists. More details tba.
This commission is funded by Arts Council England, Bermondsey Square Community Fund, Ideas Tap and Team London Bridge. PSC is pleased to be one of the partners for this commission.
Media partners: Art Review and Elephant Magazine.
Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre is partnering with VITRINE to host an afternoon of talks and discussion exploring issues within public sculpture today, to marks the opening of this third installment of the ‘Sculpture at Bermondsey Square’ commissioning programme. This event also aims to provide a rare opportunity for the audience to acquire behind the scenes insight into the commissioning process for public sculpture projects.