The images shown are of the installation at the Chichester Festival Theatre from 20 April – 30 December 2018.
Ascension is positioned high up in the atrium of the Minerva Theatre, with the stairway and balconies of the theatre offering multiple perspectives on a complex series of forms. Ascension explores the phenomenological aspects of movement and the viewer’s place in the context of a series of cascading spirals, taking cues from the Vatican Museum and the Guggenheim in New York. The work also investigates the concept of sculpture as an armature for colour. Seen from various distances, the intricate complexities of the textured surfaces suggest shifting colour fields, in which the status of colour values is inextricably connected with (and made complex by) other factors, including surface area, compositional form, saturation and perspective.
References include color field painters such as Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock, and later colour artists such as Sean Scully and Howard Hodgkin.
Photo Credit: Michael Austen
Acrylic paint, polyurethane, wire mesh, steel, monofilament line