‘Building’ installation, Lisa Traxler & Karen Karen
for Sculpture Network’s Start ’18
28 January 2018, 11.00am – 4pm
The Bunker, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, UK
Sculpture Network & Start ’18
During Sculpture Network’s international Start’18 event, artists, specialists and art lovers will come together in studios, galleries, museums and other locations around the world. This year over 5000 participants are expected to take part.
The International Celebration for Contemporary Sculpture is being held for the 9th time. The different formats include exhibits, panel discussions, lectures, workshops, artist talks, installations and tours revolving around this year’s topic ‘Sculpture and Architecture’, all of which will be held in studios, museums, galleries, sculpture parks, sculpture workshops and foundries. Guests present at this international event include artists, curators, critics, collectors, gallery owners, architects and anyone interested in sculpture. All participants communicate and share their local impressions globally via the digital network.
Start’18 allows participants to experience the special features of three-dimensional art, both in terms of the process of creation, as well as the journey into the public eye first hand. In particular, the immense variety of sculpture’s presence in the international art scene is brought to life at 95 locations around the globe and virtually via social media. All the guests can share their impressions with each other via the live photo wall. The content posted, marked with #start18, can be seen by all participants around the globe in the virtual world and in real time on the photo walls at the locations. Sculpture network’s main goal of making three-dimensional art more visible and to improve networking between everyone who enjoys this form of art is accomplished on this day in an impressive, unique and modern manner.
Host Venue: The Bunker
The Bunker project is a new dwelling completed early in 2017 that connects, responds and expresses a narrative with a former WWII Concrete Radar Bunker and the surrounding coastal ‘Undercliff’ landscape. The result of a partnering by artist Lisa Traxler RWS MRBS and award-winning architect Lincoln Miles.
After its service, from 1941 until it became non-operational in 1947, the concrete bunker was left to deteriorate and became derelict. Both hidden and exposed, this strikingly monumental brutalist edifice sits on a plateau connecting abstractly with an undulating and restless landscape, ragged outcrops of gorse alongside weather worn strata. The project identifies with these contextual narratives through the visual aesthetic of secrecy, encrypted code and camouflage.
The new architecture is inserted and interwoven into the existing structure leaving the historic fabric (raw concrete) completely intact and uncontaminated as a volume.
‘BUILDING’: Lisa Traxler & Karen Karen
‘Building’ is an installation of work in response to Sculpture Network’s theme for 2018 of ‘Sculpture and Architecture’. Recent sculptural work by both artists will be selected and juxtaposed collaboratively within the setting of the original exposed concrete blast walls of ‘the Bunker’, as a core exhibit for the Start ’18 event. ‘Building’ will explore shared commonalities between the processes, forms and materiality of both sculpture and architecture.
In the assembled ‘Cairn’ works by Karen Karen, primal constructive and sculptural/marker-making instincts are at play with the remains of battles lost between the built environment and the natural elements. Constructed using an assortment of modern-day letter filing trays and locally found, sea-worn concrete beach ‘rocks’, sea-worn tarmac from land slipped car parks, and also smoothed Victorian house bricks – all reduced and reformed by their immersion and interaction with the sand and sea.
Lisa Traxler’s sculptural and installation works are a development of her painting practice and in part, her time collaborating with her architect partner Lincoln Miles in creating their home(s) and combined studio spaces. Lisa’s sculptural input for the Bunker dwelling itself includes vertical perforated exterior ‘fins’ and a floating staircase – both an abstracted narrative of dazzle camouflage constructed with CNC cut solid paper composite.
For the installation for Start ’18, Traxler’s 3D works will preview sculptures also recently developed in response to the Bunker. Including ‘The Beauty Chorus’, a series made with vitreous enameled steel; lightly interlocking fragmented compositions that slot and interact together, appearing to have been lifted from a blueprint of a technical drawing documenting a secret architectural design.
Bunker photograph: Julian Winslow