By Isabel Hayman-Brown
These Hands Are Models-Martin Westwood Exhibition at Stanley Picker Gallery
Tucked behind Knights Park campus, Stanley Picker Gallery is currently playing host to a new exhibition of ceramic works by Tate-exhibited artist Martin Westwood.
Previously a painter, Westwood has used his first solo exhibition to showcase ceramic pieces he has produced during an 18-month stint at Kingston University undertaking PHD research.
Having previously studied in Rome and Holland, Westwood returned to England to work alongside Kingston students in the university’s 3D workshops where he constructed the clay creations featured in These Hands Are Models.
Ideas surrounding currency and politics of finance provide the conceptual framework for the show along with explorations into the three dimensional manifestations of printing processes.
Small, brightly coloured totems huddle together in clusters and sturdy casts sit alone elsewhere on the gallery floor, all of which were made using rudimentary print processes; the organising of formless material using a “master” mould.
This exhibition circulates around ideas of mass-production and individuality and provides a juxtaposition between the mass-produced and the crafted, the personal and the removed, the corporate and the earthly.
These side-by-side comparisons are reflected in the displaying of the rudimentary materials on the slick , walnut-veneered, smoked-glass plinths.
These Hands Are Models is showing at the Stanley Picker Gallery until November 26 and is free entry.