1996
Reclaimed copper, Corten steel
60 x 190 x 30 cm
Edition of 2

The work Host is a horizontal work composed of a number of human scale vertical sculptures that follow the undulations of the land on which it is displayed. This is so that the work compliments rather than competes with the surrounding landscape. Burke's resultant work made up of 40 figures have a raw physicality that demonstrates their means of construction and are arranged to be viewed collectively emerging from the landscape. For Host, Burke developed a production press in an aerospace factory, which used crushed copper water tanks to produce an infinite number of variations from a single mould. This gave Burke the opportunity to pursue his long–standing interest in developing a mass production process that could include an element of chance. This process of using reclaimed copper domestic water tanks also allowed Burke to explore his interest in the possibilities of manufacturing with secondary raw materials. In creating subtle differences between each of the figures through the casting process, Burke has enhanced their 'humanity', as each one is completely unique despite their mass-production origins.

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About The Artist

The human form is often central to Peter Burke’s sculpture, as with Antony Gormley, who began working at a similar time, Burke often uses casts of a model to express a sense of universality in his sculpture. Working in steel and iron, using industrial processes, Burke’s engineering background has strongly informed his working practice. His work often reflects mankind’s relationship with mass–production and standardisation through a rhythm and repetition of materials.

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Peter Burke

Born: 1944

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