Stories from the sculpture city

Barker, Garry (2017) Stories from the sculpture city. [Show/Exhibition]

Abstract

Responses to ‘City Sculpture Projects 1972’ Henry Moore Institute 24th Nov 2016 – 19th Feb 2017 and ‘The King and I’ at The &Model Gallery Leeds 26th Jan – 18th Feb 2017. Stories from the Sculpture City 8th Feb. 2017, was a peer reviewed selected series of performances made in response to the Henry Moore Institute ‘City Sculpture Projects 1972’. The text piece ‘Two sculptures of our time: remembering 1972’ was written specifically for the exhibition, ‘The King and I’ at the &Model Gallery, Leeds. The book ‘Art and Fiction’ (still available online at: https://www.blurb.co.uk/b/2325730-art-and-fiction ) was exhibited by the Henry Moore Institute library in conjunction with the exhibition Savage Messiah: The Creation of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, curated by Dr Jon Wood. The exhibition was designed to coincide with the film of the same name and one particular theme was the portrayal of the artist as a mythic figure in fiction. I had developed this theme and interest in narrative for the Leeds College of Art ‘Library Interventions’ program and for the ‘City Sculpture Projects 1972’ wrote a text that was performed in the Victoria Hotel on the evening of the 8th Feb. 2017. The &Model Gallery put on an exhibition directly in response to the Henry Moore Institute’s exhibiting of Nicholas Munroe’s ‘King Kong’ sculpture. I submitted a text work for this and it was used as a central focus for the exhibition as it involved an imaginative reconstruction of the mythic voyage that Munroe’s sculpture had been on since first exhibited in Birmingham. Both these responses further cemented the idea that fictional narratives could be developed out of real experiences, and that in doing this more effective communication could be developed with both specialist and non art audiences.

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