ThereIn

2007
Stainless steel
92 x 144 x 107 cm
Edition of 1

Therein exemplifies Gibbons' artistic practice which places emphasis on his works' methods of construction, their physicality and texture. Highly wrought in form Therein is fabricated from welded sections of scored stainless steel and reinforced with steel braces. This construction points towards that which occupies the space within the piece, as the title suggests. The outer casing of work is like in impenetrable exoskeleton, a carapace which protects that which is inside and inscrutable. Consequently, Therein is merely a receptacle for that which it contains. Gibbons' more recent work (from 2005 onwards) continually returns to this idea of envelopment and containment. Many of his mid-scale pieces reference objects that appear to have been shrouded in protective steel and then bound with bands and braces of fabric and/or metal in order to ensure the safety - or imprisonment - of their contents.

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About The Artist

Gibbons’ early work was made partly as a reaction against conceptual art, where the ideas or concepts held supremacy over the object. Gibbons’ work has always been concerned with pure physicality, with an emphasis on materials, form and construction. His materials have included scrap steel, bronze, and virgin stainless steel sheets and bars. In the late seventies, Gibbons made some small–scale pieces in lead, which because of its malleability required a different approach, resulting in sculptures that were compacted and folded in alternative ways. Deeply textural, his works are often designed to be located in unusual environments and in this way his works are meant to be inherently juxtapositional and integrally unsettling.

John Gibbons

Born: 1949

Other Artworks by John Gibbons at CASS

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