Jack Stiling
"Curious Things"
5th December to 5th January 2016

 

Curious Things


Jack Stiling

Automata artist Jack Stiling is a recent graduate of Falmouth University's Contemporary Crafts degree, and we are delighted to be holding the first ever exhibition of his remarkable work. Inspired by classic literature, hand-me-down stories and campfire fables, Stiling's fantastical objects astonish and entertain, drawing the viewer into a world of marvellous mechanisms, magic and illusion, where curiosity is king and all things are possible.


Richard and Barbara Keal

Creative couple Richard and Barbara Keal live and work alongside each other at their East Sussex studio. Recognising themselves as human members of the family of all living things, they use wood, wool, feathers, grasses and other natural materials to make objects which affirm this timeless relationship, and each of their highly unique, handcrafted works retains the vitality of the living plants and animals from which they come.

PLEASE RE VISIT THIS PAGE ON THE 5TH OF DECEMBER TO VIEW VAROIUS WORKS IN THE EXHIBITION

A special collection of ceramics, painting and jewellery for the Christmas season will also be available at the gallery throughout the show by various artists including Andrew Waddington, Michael and Tracy Rees, Rachel Larkin, Ilker Cinarel and Claire Loder



Jack Stiling
The Craftsman
121 x 740 x 101 cms
Materials: Assorted wood and metal, reclaimed materials
Ideas behind the piece:

Hush;
Over there.
Enter the workshop.

It
has no mouth,
and dull lamplight eyes.

He snatches the metal back and opens up his chest.
It's his heart, but things aren't quite right.

With a helicopter engine for a body, a fire extinguisher for a head, Lawnmower and drill parts for arms and shoe horns for elbows, the Craftsman is the embodiment of my workshop. His pieces show a history of years of objects gifted, found and collected. The intention was to bring to life a character from a friend's lucid dream, and to use that uninhibited imagination as a base to work from. As it took shape as my first motorized automaton, there became elements of a self-portrait, with the story becoming strangely relevant to my development as a maker
£6,000.00
Ref: 20919