Sean Edwards: Drawn in Cursive
“I am interested in the outpouring of things that sit at the periphery of a practice; collections of objects, images and drawings, photographs and clippings. The incidental moments and small objects in life that we sometimes neglect.”
Sean Edwards’ work investigates the sculptural potential of the everyday, often using remnants of previous activities as a starting point to form an archive of some 600 objects, clippings, drawings and other found or made materials.In many of the works there is a sense of objects being in-progress, indeterminate and open to change; the audience is invited to play a part in their creation. The completion is only ever realised in the exhibition environment to undermine the perception of the gallery as a space for fully achieved artworks.Edwards describes this aspect of his practice as ‘artistic intuition’. Objects are gathered and collected intuitively but are all strongly connected. This exhibition will see him working more closely with the collection, to build up the archive and to create an expanding dialogue around it.
Beginning at Chapter, the exhibition will be shown in a further two venues, during which time it will evolve, shift and change in dialogue with the architecture, history and location of each space: Chapter as a former school; Netwerk, Arles as a former textile factory and Mostyn as a purpose-built picture gallery.
Sean Edwards was born in Cardiff and lives in Abergavenny. He gained his BA Fine Art at University of Wales Institute (2003) and his MA Fine Art at Slade (2005). Recent and forthcoming solo shows include Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2012); Spike Island, Bristol (2011). Recent and forthcoming international group shows include Zabludowicz Collection (2011); Galeria Marz, Lisbon and Wallspace Gallery, New York (both 2010); Lisson Gallery, London (2009); The Approach, London; Frank Elbaz and Art: Concept, both Paris; Centre, Berlin (all 2008); and Tanya Bonakdar, New York (2007).
He is represented by Limoncello, London limoncellogallery.co.uk and Tanya Leighton, Berlin tanyaleighton.com
Image caption: Sean Edwards, Untitled, 2013, framed archival giclee print. Courtesy the Artist, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin and Limoncello, London.