Aug 19, 2009

Steve Scullion

This is Steve Scullion's first year of being in the Art Trail and what a great start! This project sounds very interesting and the sketches he included work really well as a demonstration of some of the fundamentals of process and planning.

1. Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the 2009 E17 Art Trail?
The sculpture WWW is principally made from WW1 trench track railway line. The use of railway line in its various scales is a common theme throughout my work. I enjoy its linear qualities of light, its structural capabilities, and its sense of journey – past, present, and future. It measures roughly 4.5 x 1 x 0.6 metres, which is in part a response to the challenge of siting a semi-large scale work on the slope of my driveway for the Art Trail.
The title WWW is derived from a number of sources: the gulf in the communicative power of the internet and that of my sculpture, its resemblance to the Forth Rail Bridge (my favourite piece of sculpture), its visual poetry as a sign in BSL (British Sign Language), it happens to be the initials of the other three people in my family, and my final acceptance of the need to have my own website, steveyscullion.com which is due to be launched soon.

In addition to the sculpture I will also be showing enameled sign versions of the W and WWW.

2. Could you have done this work anywhere, or is it specific to E17? Did you respond to this year’s Art Trail theme ‘At Home’?
The idea is not specific to E17 other than the unique slope it is sited on. Facilities permitting I could have made it anywhere. However it is not something I could have made in my previous studio in E17 and I have not made a semi-large piece of work from this present studio (which is part of my home) before, so it’s been a trial to see how well the place functions without outsourcing. The sculpture being site-specific suggests it is very much ‘at home’, whether it is visually at home remains to be seen.

3. Have you participated in the E17 Art Trail before?
No.

4. How does your work this year relate to your previous artistic practice?
In its choice of materials, the exploration of its subject matter, and that every piece of work I make is an ongoing and adaptive study of my artistic practice. However, whilst the scale and choice of material are not new to my sculptural practice, this piece is not entirely typical of all my work. Lately I have revisited my long standing interest in portraiture, and I am presently trying to amalgamate the structural energy, forms, ideas of the works such as WWW with that of the constraints of the portrait head.

It is early days yet, but it is perhaps true that in the making of WWW, I am clearing the decks to make room for a new approach to my work.

5. What challenges (if any) do you face in realising this work?
Apart from the ever increasing deadline, the challenge is the journey through the familiar over a bridge I have helped build for myself.

6. Who is this work for?
Myself, but I’m participating in the Art Trail because I believe in the importance of exhibiting.

7. As well as being an artist what else do you do?
Studio conversion, art installation and hanging, sculptural advice and assistance, looking after the home and perhaps most importantly, trying to be a father to my children.

8. What is your favourite place in E17?
There are so many – up near the top must be: front of circle in the cinema, the Hirondelle , the marshes, at an E17 Jazz gig, and of course working in my studio.

5 comments:

Valerie Grove said...

I love these sketches and will really look forward to seeing how it all turns out! Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

When you talk of linking portaiture with these trench tracks, it makes me think of those cutaway head drawings showing the sinews underneath the face.
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John S

stevey said...

...reply to John S: Sounds like the ones I used to pour over as a child. However, what I have in mind is more loose and painterly than those. The closest description I can give at this stage would be the structural painted lines of a Frank Aurbach or Tony Bevan painting.

stevey said...

E17 Art Trail - As my work is outside, so are the boxes of Trail Guides, Info sheets, and cards, and as its Monday so was the recyclce box - yep, they took the lot. Route 1

Valerie Grove said...

That's hilarious!! I will make sure that little fact goes into my review of your work!