Fold up, pack down or made on the move sculpture

  • Online event
  • 18–25 August 2021
  • Lecture by Jo Melvin, premiered on YouTube, Wednesday 18 August, 6pm. Live discussion on Zoom, Wednesday 25 August, 6pm. Part of our Portable Sculpture events series.

Portable sculpture is surely as old as the first vessels for eating and the earliest tools carried by peoples across millennia. These talks cast a retrospective glimpse at a few precedents before focusing in particular on representations of currency as a sculptural form and its distribution in contemporary practice.

Watch the lecture online

Jo Melvin shows a number of different works to explore various strategic approaches to sculpture. These include British artist Richard Deacon's Blue Forms 1993, PVC vests that were made for a dance collaboration with Hervé Robbe, given to each member of the audience to wear whilst occupying the same space as the dancers; and a multiple by Italian artist, Elisabetta Benassi, Per una lira vendo tutti i sogni miei 2008 (‘for one lira I will sell all my dreams’), a cast of a coin defaced to include a cut out image of Italy that had never been represented on Italian coins.

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Watch the live discussion online

This live discussion between Jo Melvin and Dr Clare O'Dowd (Research Curator, the Henry Moore Institute), with questions submitted by the audience, took place online on Zoom on Wednesday 25 August.

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About the speaker

Jo Melvin is Reader in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London and Director and Curator of the Barry Flanagan Estate. Recent exhibitions include Barry Flanagan, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2019). In 2018 she started collaborating with Vittoria Bonifati to form a series of exhibitions and other projects at Villa Lontana, Rome, including MEMORY GAME (2020) and MACHISMO (2019). Other recent projects include Publication Scaffold, Dublin (2019) and ARTIST BOOKS - PUBLICATIONS & EXHIBITIONS, Viaindustriae, Foglino and Mahler & LeWitt Studios, Spoleto, Italy (ongoing). Recent publications include: ‘Aesthetics of Silence’, Picturing the Invisible, UCL (2021); ‘Synchronicities, Wordplay and the Incidental: Networks and Constellations’, Andrew Bick, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2020); and ‘Between the Eyes Painting. Gene Beery: Para-Visual Painter of Word Signs’ Gene Beery, FriArt, Fribourg Switzerland (2019).

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