Singer of Tales

2010
Black granite
152 x 142 x 152 cm
Edition of 9

Singer of Tales represents further development in Isherwood’s ongoing dialogue with the associative qualities of form and surface. The bottle form of the sculpture is compressed, distorted, and squeezed. Carved lines contour the surfaces emphasising the form, creating the illusion of expansiveness and provoking associations to traditional vessels decorated with pattern. The tension between shape and skin that characterises Isherwood’s work is further reflected in his technique and material. The use of hi–tech carving techniques allows Isherwood to attain an uncompromised precision in his treatment of the incised surfaces, which play with and against the swelling, fleshy, soft and substantial character of his organic forms.

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About The Artist

Jon Isherwood took to working in stone in the early 1990s, having become dissatisfied with concrete and metal and the processes of casting. The use of stone brought new possibilities for Isherwood as he began to explore its interior qualities as well as the range of potential for outer forms. In getting to know his chosen medium, Isherwood made sculptures that had several rough sections, as the stone came directly from the quarry. He experimented with different finishes: smoothing, polishing, chiselling, colouring and introducing water to some pieces. The possibilities inherent in stone are, for him, many and varied. Isherwood’s sculptures are reminiscent of totemic and monumental stone architecture from ancient civilisations. Their lasting rigid stoicism is surprisingly refreshing in our time of ephemeral, fleeting immaterial momentariness, escalated by our ever-expanding digital age.

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Jon Isherwood

Born: 1960

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