Date: Thursday 14 January 2016
Venue: Lecture Hall
Uniting the disciplines of art, architecture, engineering, construction and place-making, the work of British artist Alex Chinneck is considerable in ambition and often in scale, producing temporary interventions that compliment and elevate the place and which they stand.
At 30 years of age, Alex Chinneck is a graduate of Chelsea College of Art and a Director of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. His work has been featured extensively by international media with selected projects receiving over one Million visitors.
The artist will be discussing his ambitious and accessible approach to public sculpture, paying particular attention to his studio’s contextually responsive approach, the work’s relationship with the built environment and the importance of impermanence.
Alex Chinneck has realised a succession of major public artworks across London over past three years and will be describing the processes, cross-disciplinary partnerships and philosophies that lead to each. Such projects include: Sliding the brick facade from a three-storey property; constructing a full-size house from 7,500 wax bricks that proceeded to melt over 45 days; creating the illusion that a stone building was floating in mid-air; and most recently inverting a 37-metre electricity pylon to stand on it’s very tip.
Image caption: A pound of flesh for 50p, London, 2014
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