I went to the Towner art gallery in Eastbourne for inspiration. I visited the new exhibiition, Compulsive, Obsessive, Repetitive. This is a group show of sculptors who obsessively use small scale repetitive processes to create large scale installations.
The exhibition comprises five new commissions by:
- Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva
- Brendan Jamison
- Susie MacMurray
- Jill Townsley
- Henry Seaton (Rex Henry and Graham Seaton)
It also features an earlier work by Claire Morgan.
These artists are motivated by the need to compulsively repeat an action – in a labour intensive and painstaking way - to create a large scale installation composed of multiple elements.
From MacMurray’s sculptural drawing made from corrugated hose to Hadzi-Vasileva’s wall of salmon skins, individual elements are transformed through repetition into something more than the sum of its parts.
My favourite pieces were the sugar cubes and the till roles. There was a castle tower made out of sugar cubes by the artist Brendan Jamison. The city landscape piece, made out of till roles pulled out to different levels. Exposing the pink stripe of the end of the rolls, made by the artist Jill Townsley. It is a free exhibition, on 2nd July til 18th September 2011.