Ricky Swallow has said of his work: “I’ve always been interested in how an object can be remembered and how that memory can be sustained and directed sculpturally, pulling things in and out of time, passing objects through the studio as a kind of filter and returning them as new forms.” The sculptural works in this exhibition can be seen to reflect this notion in different ways, from “sending an object to hell and back” through the bronze casting process (Idol with handle 2007), to the reductive process of carving which “removes information in order to gain sculpture” (History of holding 2007)
This exhibition will feature two recent sculptural works and a number of works on paper which were included in the solo exhibition Younger than Yesterday, Kunsthalle Wien Project Space, Vienna, (November 2007) and the group exhibition GOTH: Reality of the Departed World, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan (December 2007- March 2008).
Ricky Swallow’s recent solo exhibitions include Ballad of a Thin Man (with Lesley Vance:That Vastness and This Tininess), The Suburban, Chicago (2008), Younger than Yesterday, Kunsthalle Wien Project Space, Vienna (2007), Ricky Swallow, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2007), Long time gone, Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London (2006),Ricky Swallow, PS 1, New York City (2006), The past sure is tense, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (2006) and This time another year, Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice (2005). Swallow’s work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, most recently GOTH: Reality ofthe Departed World, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan (2007-2008). This is Ricky Swallow’s fourth exhibition with Darren Knight Gallery.
(All quotes by Ricky Swallow from exhibition catalogue, GOTH: Reality of the Departed World, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan, 2007, pp. 162-177.)