Graham Ellard & Stephen Johnstone: Everything Made Bronze


Graham Ellard & Stephen Johnstone: Everything Made Bronze

Saturday 28th March 2015 - Sunday 10th May 2015

Everything Made Bronze is a study of the way that light burnishes objects and magnifies form.

The installation includes a 16mm film and sculpture that makes compelling use of two contrasting but related locations: Carlo Scarpa’s famous Gipsoteca plaster-cast gallery in the Museo Canova in northern Italy, and the Venice-based plaster workshops of Eugenio De Luigi, one of Scarpa’s most important collaborators.

The Gipsoteca’s architecture suggests poise, stillness and undisturbed contemplation while its dependence on natural light means it is in continual flux. The film follows the sudden changes in the gallery’s play of light as the sun is veiled in cloud or suddenly reapppears to bathe the space – and Canova’s sculptures – in a warm, gilded luminescence.

Everything Made Bronze was commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella. Supported by Arts Council England; The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; The Henry Moore Foundation; Goldsmiths, University of London; Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. With the kind cooperation of the Fondazione Canova, Possagno and the De Luigi workshop, Venice. With thanks to the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art.

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