Thurs 6 December
Drinks reception: 6.30pm, Artist Lecture 7.30pm.
East Building 1.1, University of Bath
ICIA present an artist lecture by internationally renowned artist, Richard Wentworth on Thursday 6 December, 7.30pm.
Richard Wentworth is one of the most influential artists working in Britain today. Prior to graduating from the Royal College of Art in the 1970s, Wentworth worked with Henry Moore as an assistant in 1967. Since graduating he has played a leading role in New British Sculpture. For this season’s artist lecture programme, he will be discussing his work and his influences.
Wentworth documents the everyday, paying attention to objects, and occasional and involuntary geometrics as well as uncanny situations that often go unnoticed.
By transforming and manipulating industrial and found objects into works of art, Wentworth subverts their original function and extends our understanding of them by breaking the conventional system of classification and altering the traditional definition of sculpture and photography. He is drawn to imaginative displacements of common objects presented within a high art context (e.g. lightbulbs cased in wire baskets, garden implements slotted in office furniture). In Mercator (1985) and Between 8 and 9 (1989; both exh. London, Lisson Gal.), large galvanised-metal sheets bend in rhythmic waves, and Dexion (office) frames soar skywards in a light-hearted parody of industrial interiors. The titles of Wentworth’s works, sometimes drawn from children’s tales, are as enigmatic as his constructions. During 1993–4 he participated in the Berliner Künstlerprogramme at the daad galerie.
Tickets are £10, £8 Concs and £5 for all students and are available from the ICIA Box Office 01225 386777 or online www.bath.ac.uk/icia