Vessel

2006
Stainless steel
178 x 70 x 70 cm
Edition of 5
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Like a ghost encased in steel, Peter Burke's Vessel continues the sculptor's interest with the human body; core to Burke's practice. In this work Burke presents the human form as a presentation of geometry, precision and rhythm. It's constructed contours pick out an astute amount of detail and the hollow form reminds one of an ancient urn. Burke's upside down human figure confronts the viewer with a reversal of usual body language and thus creates an immediate sense of curiosity. The horizontal parallel metal rods create a replica of the human body that despite being individual blocks of matter are fashioned into a collective order. This process inherently speaks of Burke's long-standing interest in mass production. The curves and indentations of this sculpture create a trace of a body more than a figurative representation of a human. This work is simultaneously present and absent due to the semi-transparent effect of its construction.

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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

Other Artworks by Peter Burke at CASS

1996

Host

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Janus Head

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