03/05/2018 – 15/07/2018
“Art is actually nothing more than a manifestation of lust, which only arises from the potency to love” – Auguste Rodin
HIX ART is pleased to present a new collaborative show between Gerry Fox and Joseph Turnbull. This year HIX ART have been running a series of exhibitions, whereby an established and emerging artist collaborate to produce a unique gallery experience, either exhibiting alongside one another or by curation, as part of the gallery’s ethos to support young artists.
Fox, a BAFTA Award winning filmmaker and artist, most recently exhibiting in the major museum show Legacies: JMW Turner and Contemporary Art Practice at The New Art Gallery, Walsall (Sept 2017-Jan 2018) in which two of his signature moving works hung alongside original Turners’. Turnbull a London based emerging artist, studied painting and sculpture at Bath School of Art. Fox met Turnbull when he was in need of an assistant whilst filming a scene for one of his moving artworks. Impressed by Turnbull’s artistry, Fox later purchased one of his outdoor sculptures.
Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Auguste René Rodin, for many, the progenitor of all modern, innovative sculpture. It’s fitting, then, that this new show reimagines some of the master Gallic chiseller’s most enduring works by deploying some state-of-the-art approaches to creative 3D image-making.
The focus of the exhibition is new work based on Rodin’s sculptures The Eternal Idol and Eternal Springtime. To make the former, Fox and Turnbull recreated the base of Rodin’s original work, then filmed two live nude models atop it, covered, in stages, in the various materials from which the original would have been fabricated: clay, plaster, marble and bronze. In so doing, the artists bring the sculpture, quite literally, to life. Fox’s moving artworks are displayed on four separate screens, depicting the models in each of the sculptural materials, alongside a playful contemporary sculptural take on the original in plaster by Turnbull, re-titled Eternal Apology.
In his take on Rodin’s Eternal Springtime Fox’s moving images transform two further living models, male and female, using cutting-edge digital effects to re-imagine the watercolour and gouache sketches and Carrara marble-like qualities of Rodin’s sculpture. Turnbull, meanwhile, has created exciting new works inspired by both Rodin and classical sculpture.
Elsewhere, Fox shows other new and existing works from his Nudes Moving series, based on studies by Rodin, including After La Aurora, After Minerva and After Temple of Love. Like After La Aurora, these slow-moving ‘paintings’ drift between eroticism and tenderness. Fox achieves this by treating the film as he might a 2D painting, the models exist foremost as muses, notwithstanding the erotic qualities afforded them through the direction and staging of the film. For Fox, Rodin’s composition, lightness of touch and sense of movement are all starting points which are then developed into his own visions.
While both artists have made work from the same conceptual foundation, directly citing and paying homage to iconic Rodin works, each has re-interpreted them for a contemporary audience, with very different outcomes. The notion of exhibiting the finished works together creates a fusion of emotions and an interplay of forms, inspired by Rodin but offering each artists’ own, distinct evocations. These works both continue and comment on the tradition of artists re-working and re-interpreting famous works of the past.
Temple of Love coincides with a major new exhibition Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece at the British Museum until 29 July 2018.