BODY+SOUL EXHIBITION: CAN SCULPTURE EVER HAVE A SOUL?
Canary Wharf | 27 August – 8 October 2019
Exhibiting in One Canada Square this month, the Body+Soul exhibition collates the works of eight, hyper realism sculptors, all exploring materials and scale within the human form. Exhibitors include the likes of Sean Henry, Recycle Group, Aron Dernetz, Jonty Hurwitz, Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark, Warren King and Carole A Feuerman. Among theses established artists previewing their works at Canary Wharf’s Public Art Event, Tom Price exhibits his latest series, The Presence of Absence.
Partly inspired by the calcified ash bodies of Pompeii following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, The Presence of Absence series examines the cyclical nature of existence, and our desire to capture, recall and preserve transitory moments in time. Hollow figures stand passively in progressive states of decay, small poignant details bringing into sharp focus the awareness that what we are observing is an almost tangible presence of a person who is now clearly absent – a memory of that person and of their soul. Price’s choice of material is significant: coal is one of the purest forms of carbon, the fundamental building block of all living organisms.
Born in 1973 in London, Price now lives in Majorca, Spain. He studied both sculpture and design at the Royal College of Art. Both of these disciplines have helped to inform his practice as an international artist and designer. In his work, Price often seeks to explore the potential of familiar materials in unfamiliar ways, which can involve developing special machinery and tools to do so.
Tom Price is also set to drop a selection of his works at an upcoming NSC Auction, alongside famed British artists such Gerhard Richter and Frank Auerbach. Contributors at the auction also include Barnaby Barford, Phyllida Barlow, Fernando Casasempere, Shezad Dawood, Tess Jaray, Jennifer Lee, Richard Long, Garry Fabian Miller, Tom Price, Bridget Riley, Mark Titchner, Edmund de Waal and Charlotte Verity.
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