Gate

2008
Stainless steel
300 x 320 x 220 cm
Edition of 3
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Ward has long been interested in the ability of sculpture to represent cultural distillation. His recent work Gate addresses this interest alongside the conceptual nature of architectural elements. Typically a gate provides or denies someone access to a space or place and, historically gates were well–guarded entry points into cities, castles and cathedrals and often decorated by artists or craftsmen. Rob Ward considered the conceptual implications and aesthetic considerations of various contemporary and historical gates throughout history when constructing this work. Ward regards the structures of gates as emblematic of a culture or society's common goals and interests at the time. This work Gate has a reflective surface that dematerialises its form and incorporates the viewer and landscape into its composition. This disorienting effect alters one’s perceptual experience of the work whilst providing a dynamic vision of the viewer’s surroundings. Gate’s composition initially seems to deny its meaning, yet Gate provides access to one’s surrounding environment by encouraging an activated consciousness of that environment. The adaptability of Gate’s surface signifies that it will continuously change to provide a vision of its contemporary climate. In this way Ward has created a Gate that will never fail to reflect its contemporaneous setting and in that sense will act as a permanently contemporary representation of a Gate.

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Rob Ward

Born: 1949

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