Trade : Matt Blackler, Matt Calderwood, Rachael Champion, Alan Magee, Andy Wicks
29 August - 10 September 2014
16 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 8BP

Steel, plasterboard and low-grade sheet material are often utilised as unseen supports, trading aesthetics for strength, ease of use and the ability to disguise. Whilst pebbledash in spite of being an exterior render is one that is often stigmatised and associated with uninspiring suburban design.

Trade brings together works from a group of contemporary artists whose diverse practices utilise and exploit these materials. Made for industry they have an inherent rawness and toughness which makes them demanding to handle and difficult to manipulate. 

“The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.” 
― Michelangelo


Perhaps it’s because of the challenges that such materials pose that makes them appealing for a sculptural practice. Each of the works demonstrates a high level of craft and confidence in handling. Yet these works can exist without the need to disguise the sum of their parts. There are no grand illusions here, metal remains metal and wood as wood, however what lifts these works is their form and context. Shapes interlock, geometries reveal themselves and a sense of playfulness emerges from these raw materials.

Installation View

Installation View

Installation View

Installation View

Matt Calderwood Six Sculptures Video 14 mins, 2011

Matt Calderwood
Six Sculptures
Video
14 mins, 2011

Matt Calderwood Six Sculptures Video 14 mins, 2011

Matt Calderwood
Six Sculptures
Video
14 mins, 2011

Alan Magee Return to glory Hoola-Hoop, filler, plasterboard 2014 

Alan Magee
Return to glory
Hoola-Hoop, filler, plasterboard
2014 

Alan Magee Return to glory Hoola-Hoop, filler, plasterboard 2014 

Alan Magee
Return to glory
Hoola-Hoop, filler, plasterboard
2014 

Rachel Champion Naturally Occuring Brutalist Body Plastic dome, tile adhesive, pea shingle 2013

Rachel Champion
Naturally Occuring Brutalist Body
Plastic dome, tile adhesive, pea shingle
2013

Rachel Champion Naturally Occuring Brutalist Structure Plywood, timber, mosaic tiles, plastic dome, tile adhesive, pea shingle 2013

Rachel Champion
Naturally Occuring Brutalist Structure
Plywood, timber, mosaic tiles, plastic dome, tile adhesive, pea shingle
2013

Matt Blackler PZ2 Cast Iron 2013

Matt Blackler
PZ2
Cast Iron
2013