My ongoing research into all things sculptural has another iteration at The Whitworth in Manchester. To book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/homeless-sculpture-study-day-tickets-27627985047?aff=es2
In this exhibition I show a series of drawings that re-imagine my own history as an artist, through depictions of sculptures, recalled from memory, I have made over the last three decades. Establishing taxonomies of Wall, Floor, Corner and Plinth, to create a drawn archive of sculptures I have made, or importantly remember making, this archive becoming another artwork to be recalled at a later date.
Frieze Week Exhibition 2015
Private View Friday 16th October ~ 7pm until 10pm
Exhibition runs 18th ~ 19th October
24 hours nonstop. Free Entry
Location: Q PARK, Level -3
Cavendish Square W1G 0PN
nearest tube: Oxford Circus
I was a resident artist at Salzamt for 6 weeks from September to October 2015. During the residency I worked on a project entitled ‘Drawing After The (F)act’ a series of 72 drawings that re-imagine my own history as an artist. Each drawing depicted a sculpture recalled from memory that I have made over the last three decades. By establishing taxonomies I have created a drawn archive of sculptures I have made, or importantly remember making, this archive then becomes another artwork to be recalled at a later date.
This has just been published by the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and includes my essay ‘Archive Assembly’.
The Fall Of the Rebel Angels is an artist led satellite exhibition which will open concurrently with the 56th Venice Biennale on 6th,7th & 8th of May and remain open to public daily until Wednesday 24th June 2015. This group exhibition is intended to be seen as complimentary to and continuous with my democratic curatorial practice of recent years and is one artist’s view as to what an arrangement and extension of those ideas might look like in Venice, when there is no budget available, space restriction being of prevalent concern and no one else left to persuade. It includes, naturally, work by 111 emerging and established artists from many different backgrounds, at different ages and stages of their practice with different motivations in play. It also includes some unseen new works and equally some old new works. Nearly every one of them has exhibited internationally and their work on this occasion is centered in factor of risk rather than comfort. The Fall Of The Rebel Angels does not explore, follow or define any particular topic or theme, neither does it enforce any standpoint or high minded idea. It is rather one solution, for a particular time and particular place. This petit space, which will be home to a multiverse of disquieting thoughts and impressions is a ground floor of the historic Venetian palazzo, conveniently situated between Arsenale and Giardini. The plural narrative examined by all selected artists will take shape during 6 day install period, commencing on Friday 1st May. Artists will participate in the exhibition build up partly influencing and guiding the installation process towards its final moments. Exhibition will open for the first preview day on Wednesday 6th May at 6pm local time. Apart from its static aspect internally, exhibition will feature a number of performative acts in the open air ongoing over the three consecutive days, with the final preview assessment taking place on Friday 8th May. Exhibition is equally accompanied by 128 page limited edition catalogue featuring some visual exclusives collated for this special occasion. This unique publication is designed, edited and produced by graphic design students at Bath Spa University in close collaboration with Rebel Angels. I would also like to acknowledge the kind support of artists Cedric Christie @ Bath Spa, Mark Woods & Rebecca Scott, Negin Vaziri, Hedley Roberts @UEL London, Genevieve Closuit and all my fellow exhibiting artists and young designers who have embarked courageously on this journey of unknowing.
Exhibition Runs 9th May ~ 23rd June 2015
Open daily from 12pm ~ 7pm
Finissage Day 24th June 2015
Open 6pm ~ 10pm
Location address: Castello 1610/A, Riva Dei Sette Martiri, Venezia 30122
Handel Street Projects
14 Florence Street London N1
11 February – 6 March 2015
Wednesday – Friday 12:00 – 18:00
Saturday 10:00 – 13:00 and by appointment
Tuesday 10 February 18:00 – 20:00
Handel Street Projects is pleased to present a collection of new drawings by British sculptor John Plowman. As a sculptor, Plowman has an innate instinct for objects and the spaces they inhabit whether real or imagined. His work over the last 30 years has explored the dynamic between two and three dimensions, the made and the yet to be made, through sculpture, installation, performance or importantly drawing of which he states that ‘All my drawings are really drawings of the last sculpture I (n)ever made.’
Plowman’s current show, ‘A Life Drawing’, at Nottingham Castle Museum, comprises of a selection of his own drawings made since the late 1970’s, juxtaposed with a selection of drawings from the archive of Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery. A lot of the drawings he looked at in the museum’s archives were about place albeit representations of specific places geographically located. This experience has highlighted for Plowman the influence on his practice of his geographic location at key points in his career and life. The collection of his drawings reflect how geographies have impacted and informed the drawings produced.
Following his move in 2013 from Lincolnshire to Brighton this exhibition is a reflection on this aspect of Plowman’s practice. The series of drawings exhibited have been made during the last 12 months in his new studio. They form a distinct body of new work in which Plowman has developed a process of pencil on tape on paper which allows him to mimic the trope of the gestural pencil mark, the layering of these marks without his pencil touching the surface of the paper. The imagery contained within each drawing has been generated by the process he has employed and reflects his new geographical (urban) location.
John Plowman: A Life Drawing
Exhibition Private View:
Thursday 5 February 2015, 6 – 8pm
Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Off Friar Lane
Nottingham, NG1 6EL
‘All my drawings are really drawings of the last sculpture I (n)ever made.’
Drawing has been a constant driver for John Plowman’s art for over thirty years. Plowman trained as a sculptor and at the root of his drawings there is an interest in the relationship between two and three dimensions, and between objects – both real and imagined – and the space they occupy (or as he describes it, the ‘made’ and the ‘yet to be made’). This exhibition includes drawings from the late 1970s to the present day.
His work is combined with eighteen drawings which he has selected from Nottingham Castle’s collection of some 4000 works on paper giving a glimpse of the museum archive through the eyes of a contemporary artist.
A gallery discussion at Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Thursday 23 January 2014, 2-4pm.
The discussion will revolve around a single work, Charles Hewlings’ ‘At the Foot of Borobudur’ (1976) which was acquired by the Arts Council Collection in 1977 and which has been presented at Longside Gallery especially for the event. The image above shows the work as displayed at the Acme Gallery 1976.
This event is part of a research project that I have been conducting over the last year at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds where I was the recipient of a research support placement. During my time at the Institute I used the library and the Charles Hewlings archive, to research ‘At the Foot of Borobudur’ (1976). A sculpture I have been fascinated by ever since I first saw it as a student on display at Acme Gallery in 1976 (the year before it entered the Arts Council Collection).
The aim of the event is to explore my interest in certain aspects of this period of the history of British Sculpture. How the experience of encountering it at the Acme Gallery in 1976 has stayed with me during the intervening years and contributed to the development of my sculptural practice. I will share my thoughts on this sculpture, the time of its making and of my own experience as a student at Eastbourne College of Art and then, from 1977 and 1980, in the sculpture department at Leicester Polytechnic. This period of my artistic life was framed by the issues of Artscribe published during this period. I would want participants to join me in opening up a discussion to understand the various contexts of ‘At the Foot of Borobudur’ more fully. I am particularly interested in the role of ‘stacking’ in sculpture at that time, the idea of a sculpture ‘that is alien to my sculpture self’, as Charles described it in 1998, and of homelessness in sculpture.
The day is a collaboration between the Henry Moore Institute and the Arts Council Collection. If you would like to come to this event and take part in the discussions please can you let Kirstie Gregory at the Henry More Institute know.