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blank projects: KYLE MORLAND - New Sculptures | RICHARD PENN - Cradle - 7 Mar 2013 to 6 Apr 2013

Current Exhibition

7 Mar 2013 to 6 Apr 2013

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113-115 Sir Lowry road
Cape Town
South Africa
T: +27 72 1989 221

Kyle Morland. [studio progress]. (2013)

Artists in this exhibition: Kyle Morland, Richard Penn

New Sculptures

7 Mar. - 6 Apr. 2013

Working with common mild steel, Kyle Morland created a new body of sculptures through mechanical deformation. Morland often creates the tools necessary to realise his ideas, and in this series he made a forming tool to bend specific widths of steel. This tool, while allowing easier metal formation, added a set of formal constraints to the creative process. These smaller free-standing works are made from the same length of steel with conjoined ends and twists turning them into single sided, single boundary objects,

A second series of works, four steel wall reliefs, are painted in bright industry standard colours (indicative of the metal width profiles) on the wall-facing side, creating a subtle reflection of colour around each work. A third large-scale free-standing steel sculpture completes the body of work. Morland's sculptures exploit self imposed creative constraints in an intuitive way which confirms his interest in Modernist Abstraction and the subtleties of implied space, physical and visual tension and absence.

Kyle Morland (b.1986, Johannesburg, South Africa) lives and works in Cape Town. He graduated from the University of Cape Town's Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2009. He has taken part in various group exhibitions including "Working Title", Goodman Gallery, Cape Town (2012), "Collection 15", SMAC, Cape Town (2011) and "Elevator" (in collaboration with Claire van Blerk) at Michael Stevenson, Cape Town (2010). His first solo exhibition FALSEWORK was held at blank projects in 2011.


7 Mar. - 6 Apr. 2013

Richard Penn’s work is about origins. He is interested in the almost ungraspable scope of our universe from the extremely small to the unimaginably large and distant. His most recent work borrows shapes and formats from the Hubble deep space telescope and the Kepler space telescope, both of which are used to look outward into space and backward in time at the far reaches and earliest moments of the universe. The Kepler telescope’s primary mission is to search for extra solar planets and specifically earth-like planets which will have an impact on theories around the probability of life beyond Earth.

Within formats that usually represent structures and distances normally measured in light years, he has been referencing the microscopic universe of unicellular plankton and diatoms that sustain life on earth.

Initially he worked with photographic imagery in which he examined certain gestures of his father which threw him back to his childhood and brought to the surface intimations and images of his grandfather. These photographs became portraits across the generations. Tracking in on these images in order to get closer to a particular gesture or tilt of the head, the grain of the photographs started to take on a kind of genetic significance as well as resembling, in their dispersal of units across a field, galactic images of the far reaches of our universe.

The origins of gesture, of life, of familial bonds and of the universe are bound up n the techniques and idioms with which Penn depict the process of peering into the past through images of the present.

Richard Penn is a self-taught animator and artist with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts (with distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1997 he was awarded 3rd place in the PPC Young Concrete Sculptor Award. After completing his honours degree in 1998, majoring in painting with distinction he developed and taught an animation course for 1st, 2nd and 3rd years in the Fine Arts Department at Wits University. In the years leading up to 2004 he has been a finalist in the ABSA Atelier, The Kempton Park Art Competition and The Sasol New Signatures Art Competition. In 2000 he collected and compiled a 2 hour animation programme for the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival and Urban Futures. In 2004 he was awarded the overall winners prize in The Sasol New Signatures Art Competition and in 2006 he was awarded a special prize for the Everard Read Art Award. He has had three solo exhibitions, the last two at Gallery AOP in Johannesburg and was the South African representative at The Rybon International Artists’ Workshop in Tehran, Iran in 2012. He is represented in private, corporate and academic collections throughout South Africa.

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113-115 Sir Lowry road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Jonathan Garnham +27 72 1989 221
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