3 July 2013

Fresh Air 2013

Hard to believe, but it was two years and 210 posts ago that I wrote about the biennial show of contemporary sculpture being run by the Quenington Sculpture Trust. Now, once again, the riverside gardens of Quenington Old Rectory in Gloucestershire have been made available by Mr and Mrs Abel-Smith for the 11th show, Fresh Air 2013, which started on 16 June.

There are about 150 works by more than 90 artists on display - so, many good things to see before the show ends on 7 July. Here are some which caught my eye. First, two ingenious responses by Kathy Kilpatrick and Lewis Davidson to the opportunities provided in the Old Rectory's garden by an avenue of trees and a dry-stone wall (below).

Did Ruth Moilliet make use of 3D printing techniques in creating Bud (below, stainless steel and aluminium) and if not doing so yet, what would she be capable of if she did?

Natalia Dyas’s Thorn Tree (below), with its 500 porcelain thorns, poses thorny (sorry) questions about art imitating nature.

Finally, this photograph nowhere near does justice to Tobias Ford’s Poise, a study of force and tension in mild steel. He is currently a BA degree student at Hereford College of Art and I would be surprised not to hear much more of him in years to come.

The weather forecast for the remaining days of Fresh Air 2013 could hardly be better and the standard of all the work is high, so do go if you can.

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