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Airborne

Airborne Jerwood Drawing Prize Shortlist 2014 These drawings depict formation landings of Horsa gliders. Bulky, fragile and unarmed, these single use aircraft were used to deliver airborne troops in the Second World War. The drawings are a memorial and reflect how events fade from living memory to historical record within a lifetime.
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Pantheon – Hidden Door

Pantheon – Hidden Door 2014 – Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh. In this version of the Pantheon, the circular form can only be observed from its interior. The facade blocks the view from the street. Fitting snugly within its Edinburgh vault, it was later discovered to be almost exactly 1/10th scale of the original Roman building. There is an unverified story that when it snows Romans flock to see the spect
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Planetarium

Planetarium 2005 – Artvaults, Southampton 2006 – Nocturne, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Wilts 2006 – The Stars down to Earth, The Nunnery, London 2008 – Becks Art Fusions, Contemporary Art Society, Manchester 2013 – Cupar Arts Festival The Planetarium was first made for a project in the medieval vaults beneath Southampton. A sense of calm pervades the interior and the geodesic ply
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Alan Bond, Beneath us Constellations - SSA Annual Exhibition 2013

Beneath us Constellations

Beneath us Constellations 2013 – SSA Annual Exhibition, Scottish National Galleries-RSA When I wanted to make a smaller version of my installations it was important that it worked at that scale and was not merely a model. In this context the piece is validated by its quasi scientific function. The dome has tiny holes drilled in it into which are inserted optic fibre filaments of varying diameters. These collect
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Portal

Portal

Portal 2012 – Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh 2012 – Rabley Drawing Centre, Wiltshire The work is a description of the essential elements of a classical ruin. This version arose as an outcome of negotiations with custodians at the Scottish National Gallery. Technical requirements restricted the concept that I originally had. The talks were fruitful howev
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Restoration

Restoration In the tradition of readymades the presentation of this object in a gallery elevates its modest origins. The care implicit in it’s renovation further increases it’s worth.
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Chalk Horses

Chalk Horses 2010 – Rabley Drawing Centre 2011 – White Horses and Hill Figures. Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Devizes The hillside carvings of white horses in Wiltshire and Berkshire are ancient drawings that have undergone change. Through neglect and re-cutting, restoration and changing aesthetic preferences they have arrived at their current forms. By now they are emblems, icons or logos. I see them as a W
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Lodge

Lodge 2010 – August Art, London Based on the white stucco gatehouses that fringe Regents Park, London, I was interested in how a small building could be both beautiful and pompous. The exterior appearance is more important than its function. I have re-arranged the building so that it has four identical facades resulting in an absurdly small interior. The four doors collide with each making the space useless.
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