Fishing Cat, 2014
90 x 70 cm
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About the artwork
Aaron Angell works primarily with ceramics, producing sculptural tableaux referencing hobbyist cultures, naturalistic forms, and the underground hand built ceramics of Britain from the 1970s and 80s. Angell is interested in marginal forms of image-making and hopes to encourage new ways of thinking about the culturally nuanced history of ceramics by focusing on the material as a vehicle for sculpture. This exhibition comes at a time when folk and craft practices are finding increasing relevance and appreciation in the UK. Angell is eager to contribute to a wider understanding of ceramics within an artistic framework that sits outside a traditional craft-based discourse. In his own words, Angell wants to ‘flatten the material’, looking beyond the medium to view the works as autonomous sculptures and rehabilitating ceramics not as a material suffused with its own history, but as one of pragmatism, economy, and intuition.
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About the artist
Aaron Angell (b. 1987, Kent) lives and works in London. Angell works primarily with ceramics, producing sculptural tableaux referencing hobbyist cultures, naturalistic forms, and the underground hand-built ceramics of Britain from the 1970s and 80s. Recent solo shows include Shoes, Rob Tufnell, Cologne (2018); Heat-Haze Theatre/Hitzeflimmern-Theater, Kunstverein Freiburg (2018); More sculpture about dogs and shadows, Koppe Astner, Glasgow (2018); Early Monodies, Rodeo, (with Ian Law) (2018); Plumb Poltergeist, Art Exchange, University of Essex, (With Ian Law) (2018); GOMA, Glasgow (2017); Why I built the Cloaca Maxima, Rob Tufnell (2017); Variations on the Chaldon Doom, Markus Lüttgen, Cologne (2016); The Death of Robin Hood, Kelvingrove Art gallery and Museum & Glasgow Botanic Gardens, For Glasgow International (2016); Grotwork, Studio Voltaire, London (2015); Bumpkin, Rob Tufnell (2012); Put John Barleycorn in the old brown jug, Croy Nielsen, Berlin (2012); and The Devil’s Arse, [space], London (2011). Recent group exhibitions include: British Art Show 8, Leeds Art Gallery (October 2015); and forthcoming exhibitions include: Tate St Ives (Summer 2016). Angell is represented by Rob Tufnell, London.
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