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Charlie Hurcombe

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Brief description: Throughout my practice there is a concern for the construction and fabrication of sculptural structures, the manipulation of materials and visible methods of assembly

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Email: charlie@hurc39.fsnet.co.uk

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Throughout my practice there is a concern for the construction and fabrication of sculptural structures, the manipulation of materials and visible methods of assembly, which in turn references production and manufacturing. Often the seemingly simple act of transforming 2D flat sheet material into 3D volumetric form is part of the creative process.  Particular emphasis is placed on the coexistence of disrupted 3D forms and reflective lustrous surfaces and makes reference to both sculpture and painting. Applied and often artificial colour (often through the application of gloss paint) makes reference to both protected and decorated surfaces whilst the use of discordant colours and geometric design suggests dual concerns associated with attraction and caution. The disrupted forms and structures suggest both uncertainty and movement. My project at University of Wolverhampton will take place over a number of weeks utilizing both the metal workshop and wood construction departments (using cutting equipment such as bandsaws and milling machines). I will work on a series of small sculptures (no bigger than 0.5m in any direction) using a combination of sheet materials including steel, aluminium, acrylic, Perspex and plywood. All of these materials are at a point of being ‘re-cycled’ – being either from previous projects or collected from a local scrap store over a period of time.  The sculptural form of this new work will be a development of concerns initially explored within a piece called ‘Intertidal’ (made as a commission in 2012) where small sections of clear cast resin (embedded with coloured plastic) were cut and assembled into an angular twisted form. As with this piece the methods of assembly and construction of the new work – the nuts and bolts – will be visible. Current concerns for this project focus on exploring combined aspects of the Baroque and Minimalism.

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