Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song - Dave Beech

Nature is shrinking, but the signs of nature and the natural are multiplying, replacing and supplanting real "nature" Henri Levebvre The transition from agriculture to industry, from rural living to urbanization, brings a chronic shrinkage of nature, and, at the same time, a proliferation of images of nature. Advertising sells cars, deodorant, detergents, air travel and financial services by associating products with spectacular mountainscapes, natural springs, animated swarms of petals, montages of sea, dessert, sky and forest, and lush green fields. The TV schedule is peppered with documentaries of everything from[...]

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Lynn Dennison, Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song, Sculpture Shock Subterranean May 2015, The Brunel Shaft. Image: AK Purkiss

Lynn Dennison Interviewed - Part 2

ZK: In your Finalist Slam talk in January you stated that your work is particularly informed by Michel Foucault’s theory of Heterotopias as discussed in his 1967 lecture Of Other Spaces (Des espaces autres). Focusing on sites which “have the curious property of being in relation with all other sites, but in such a way as to suspect, neutralize or invert the set of relations that they happen to designate, mirror, or reflect” in Of Other Spaces Foucault describes a heterotopia as ‘a sort of simultaneously mythic and real contestation of the space in which we[...]

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Lynn Dennison in the Sculpture Shock Studio. Image AK Purkiss

Sculpture Shock SUBTERRANEAN does Museums at Night

As part of the nationwide festival ‘Museums at Night’ Lynn Dennison has been collaborating with experimental composer and RCM postgraduate student Leo Loebenberg. In response to Dennison’s Subterranean intervention Loebenberg has created an innovative composition which will see the acoustic and visual arts combine. Loebenberg's piece will be performed by him exclusively on Saturday 16 May 2015 as we invite the public to descend 50ft below ground for a late night viewing of Dennison’s pop-up.  Leo Loebenberg is a classical contemporary composer drawn to experimental music, influenced by rock and Brazilian rhythms. As a[...]

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Lynn Dennison Interviewed - Part 1

ZK: What made you decide to become a sculptor? When did your interest in the site specific develop and how/where did this happen?   LD: Well I actually started my career as a painter after having completed a Fine Art BA at the Slade School of Art. After about eight or nine years working as a painter I started to introduce three-dimensional shapes into my work. Gradually these three-dimensional pieces took over from the two-dimensional pieces, and in the end the paintings became studies for the sculptures, and sculpture became my main focus. My interest in the site[...]

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Lynn Dennison and Zana Kingwill in the Sculpture Shock Studio. Image: A K Purkiss

Notes from the Studio

Its Monday morning and its freezing cold outside. There are not yet many working souls to be discerned at Blechynden Street Studios. As I enter the building I encounter an unusual noise. The sea? Can it really be? It brings me back to the Baltic Sea in Sweden and a memorable stormy day by a rocky shore. The sound gets louder and louder and I go into the storm. As I enter without warning (she couldn’t possibly have heard my knocks) Lynn turns the volume down, and everything becomes calm. Lynn is tranquil and the room feels harmonic[...]

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Lynn Dennison in the Sculpture Shock Studio. Image: Lynn Dennison

Reflections on What Makes a Winner - Dave Beech

Writer, curator, artist, and Sculpture Shock jury member Dave Beech reflects on the 2015 winners and their work: Lynn Dennison Lynn Dennison is an artist who works sensitively with site, often using video projection poetically  - that is to say, associatively, suggestively and openly – to charge the space with a ghostly presence that attaches the viewer affectively to the site. Her digital hauntings are either constructed or displaced scenes that invite viewers to reimagine themselves elsewhere or elsewhen, either here but not now or now but not here. In this way she unlocks historical or fictional homologies[...]

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The Sculpture Shock 2015 Winners with part of the Sculpture Shock 2015 Jury. Claire Mander, Richard Wilson RA, Nina Wisnia, Terry New PRBS, Lynn Dennison, William Mackrell, Hanna Haaslahti, Dave Beech (left to right). Image: AK Purkiss

Historic 2015 - Venue Announced!

The Sculpture Shock 2015 Historic pop-up will take pace at the Ionic Temple in the Gardens of Chiswick House! The restored 18th century gardens at Chiswick House were originally created by Lord Burlington and William Kent in 1729, to accompany his neo-Palladian villa. Inspired by the sights of the Grand Tour, the sculptural treatises of Serlio and Palladio and the romance of classical Italian landscape painting, the gardens were conceived as a single, living artwork and open air theatre. Chiswick was the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement where Burlington and Kent replaced the formality of the existing Renaissance garden with[...]

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Ionic Temple Amphitheatre and Obelisk Chiswick House Gardens. Image: Clive Boursnell

Catch the 2015 Slam Talks Again Online

If you missed the Sculpture Shock 2015 Slam Talks on Wednesday 14 January click here to dowload the Slam and hear the nine finalists present their work and the unique appeal of the site specific in a dynamic series of 7 minute back to back talks.

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