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Tom Price - Counterpart II

Counterpart II

Tom Price Contact Studio

Counterpart began as a special commission for the Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth House. It comprises two contrasting blocks: one dark and light-absorbing; the other translucent and crystalline. The dark block is made from coal and references the 18th Century coal tunnel mines at Chatsworth. The glowing transparent block, made from resin, evokes the extensive mineral collection begun by Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire in the 18th Century.

The installation is also a study of the material relationship between artworks on display throughout the house and the plinths upon which they sit. At times the natural splendour of a marble plinth completely eclipses the sculpture it was built to support, challenging the perceived hierarchies between art, nature and function. The blocks serve as both sculpture and bench – switching between protagonist and supporting roles depending on whether they are sat on or viewed remotely. Often they hover somewhere in the grey area between our perceptions.

For Counterpart II, the blocks have been spliced together, creating a more intimate, yet jarring juxtaposition. The unification of the two materials into a singular linear element hints at the transformative power of carbon in its sliding scale of purity and molecular structure – from coal and graphite at one end, to diamond at the other.

Standard size 45 x 35 x 220cm made to order with a 6-12 week lead time.
Artwork can be made to bespoke dimensions
For all commission enquiries please contact us at the studio

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KiWi Kitchen Restaurant, Toronto, Canada

Ken Gangbar Contact Studio

Ken and his team are inspired by the cyclical patterns and intricate compositions of the natural world. They thrive on spontaneity, and the spirit of experimentation made possible by fearlessness to create truly innovate installations for both private and corporate clients. Ken began working with ceramics, because of its unique properties and versatile applications. Since then, he has branched out beyond ceramics, to explore the possibilities found within wood, steel, glass, and composite resins. His installations and sculptural works can be found in the world’s most prestigious hotels and restaurants from New York, Doha, San Diego, Athens and Toronto to Hong Kong.

Carbon Bench

Tom Price Contact Studio

Inspiration for the Carbon bench came from a commission by the Duke of Devonshire for Chatsworth House. Made by casting ground coal into a mould, it references the 18th Century coal tunnel mines owned by the Devonshire family.

The Carbon Bench is part of a body of work collectively referred to as the Carbon Series. It explores the notion of carbon as the fundamental building block of all living things in the universe – what connects us in a material sense to other living beings and the world around us, and what we ultimately return to.

Standard size 45 x 215 x 35cm made to order with a 4-8 week lead time.
Artwork can be made to bespoke dimensions
For all commission enquiries please contact us at the studio

Please contact us for any URGENT requirements.

 

Counterpart

Tom Price Contact Studio

Counterpart was commissioned as a functional work of art by the Duke of Devonshire. It was requested that the sculpture should respond in some way to the history of the Devonshire family and Chatsworth House. It comprises two contrasting blocks: one dark and light-absorbing; the other translucent and crystalline. The dark block is made from coal and references the 18th Century coal tunnel mines owned by the Devonshire family. The glowing transparent block, made from resin, evokes the extensive mineral collection begun by Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire in the 18th Century.

The installation is also a study of the material relationship between artworks on display throughout the house and the plinths upon which they sit. Throughout the house a fascinating interplay between nature and artifice is evident everywhere from a beautifully veined stone lintel to an intricately carved wooden frame bordering a trompe l’oeils depiction of nature. Each is magnificent in its own right. At times the natural splendour of a marble plinth will completely eclipse the sculpture it was built to support, bringing into question the true value of materials compared to what is made from them. Counterpart celebrates this blurring of nature, craft and art through the mix of natural and synthetic materials, and production process that are as much laboriously hand crafted as they are influenced by chance.

Standard size 45 x 220 x 35cm made to order with a 12 weeks lead time.
Artwork can be made to bespoke dimensions
For all commission enquiries please contact us at the studio

Please contact us for any URGENT requirements.