Folly (The Other Self)

2011
Concrete, All weather paint, Perspex, Polycarbonate, Bronze, Painted bronze, Resin
820 x 500 x 400 cm
Edition of 3

Traditionally a folly is a decorative building or structure with no discernible use or explicit raison d'être. Its place in our utilitarian world is ambiguous, often used during the latter part of the Twentieth century as a retreat for contemplation and leisure. In Henry’s Folly we are presented with a seemingly exposed scene depicting aspects of an anonymous man’s daily life. The viewer becomes the voyeur in this slightly uncomfortable exchange of lived realities. Much of Sean Henry’s work extorts notions of scale and proportion in order to confuse and displace the viewer, forcing them to become unsure as to who or what is the right size. In essence the viewer is invited to consider the context of this figure in his everyday environment, which inevitably has a self-reflective effect upon the viewer. In this work the seemingly antiquated place of the folly is rediscovered and re-interpreted through Henry’s postmodern interpretation of reality and reflection.

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About The Artist

Sean Henry's sculptures deal with the tension between the making and staging of figures that seem to belong to the real world and the degree to which they echo our experiences and sympathies. Henry plays with scale and perception, almost always avoiding life–sized representation. He explores the narrative capabilities of sculpture through a variety of means: by using more than one figure, by the economical use of contemporary iconography and by a masterful ability to suggest psychological presence. His figurative sculptures are self–contained, often pensive, and preoccupied by their inner imaginings and on occasion verge on melancholic representations of our human existence.

Henry's public works include Walking Man in London's Holland Park (2000), Man With Potential Selves in the centre of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (2003) and a nine-figure permanent installation at the headquarters of Standard Chartered Bank in the city of London (2008). In 2007 Henry completed Couple - the UK's first permanent offshore sculpture, a critically acclaimed 13m high and 20m wide painted bronze and steel sculpture located 300 meters off the coast of Northumberland, at Newbiggin Bay. More recent installations include Standing Man in Stockholm city (2010) and Lying Man at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Michigan, USA (2011).

‘Folly (The Other Self)’ is currently on display

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Sean Henry

Born: 1965

Other Artworks by Sean Henry at CASS

2000

Man with Potential Selves

In this sculpture there are three views of a man. His identity should not concern us, but the arrangement of his body in…

2004

Catafalque (Lying Man)

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