Stuart Whipps - Mold, 001, 2012

Digital Chromogenic Print on Dibond. Courtesy the artist.

Mold 001

Digital Chromogenic Print on Dibond, 2012

Courtesy the artist

Stuart Whipps’ image references Las Pozas - a garden created by the eccentric English poet Edward James in a subtropical rainforest in the mountains of Mexico, where towering concrete forms now stand in an evolving state of decay and ruination.

From 1947 Edward James, an early patron of the Surrealists, populated his garden jungle with a whole series of whimsical, open-ended follies, porticoes and towers. He used concrete to create the surreal structures his mind envisaged. James always planned for the structures to slowly fade into the rainforest, the intention being that someday an archaeologist would find Las Pozas and be utterly perplexed.

The displayed image is of one of the wooden moulds used by James to cast sections of his concrete construction - the image visually reflects the concrete support structures present at Witley Court.

Stuart Whipps

Stuart Whipps is an artist based in Birmingham, UK. He often makes work about things he doesn’t understand and doesn't know how to do. Recently this includes the restoration of a 1979 Mini with the assistance of former British Leyland workers, training to make geological thin sections at the University of Birmingham and working with a seventeenth-century sign language devised by Sir Christopher Wren.

He has exhibited his work across the UK and internationally and is the recipient of a number of awards. He works predominantly with photography and video alongside reconfigured existing or remade materials.

Selected solo exhibitions include; Isle Of Slingers, Spike Island 2016, Bristol. Photo Colour Services, Ithuba Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. Birth Springs, Death Falls, Flat Time House, London. 2013. Why Contribute to The Spread of Ugliness?, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2011. New Wooabbeleri, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-On-Sea, 2010.

Selected group exhibitions include; The Lie of The Land, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, 2019, British Art Show 8, UK, 2015 - 2017. Reference Works: Guangzhou, Guanghzhou, China, 2014. Relatively Absolute, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, 2013. East International, Norwich, 2009.

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