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The drawings, of objects, tools, mechanisms and machinery at Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield and The Hawley Collection, also at the Museum, use charcoal, graphite and white Conté pastel on dark Fabriano paper.

They explore Image and text together with the ‘contre jour’ approach to the use of light, prompting the viewer to explore the image and in doing so, seeing hand tools and machinery differently. This raises an awareness of these objects as abstract forms without an identity or attachment to function or purpose.

Themes of spirituality and symbolism are found in the objects and referred to through philosophical statements from Shakespeare and Einstein to Frederick Franck and Truman Capote. Narrative text is used to enliven objects and provide a reason for their being ‘chosen’.



 

 

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SOLD OUT EXHIBITION:

MILLENNIUM GALLERY - SHEFFIELD

28 SEPTEMBER - 4 OCTOBER 2017

THE AESTHETIC ALLURE OF FUNCTIONAL OBJECTS

Artist Roy Ridsdale has regenerated the redundant machines and tools at the Kelham Island Industrial Museum and The Hawley Collection, by recognising their compelling presence as intrinsic works of art, and capturing that presence through visual representation.

Over the last two and a half years, Roy has been making drawings of machines, mechanisms and hand tools at Kelham and will be exhibiting them at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield. The exhibition will also include the actual objects he has worked from, so the viewer can perceive how he has seen, and interrogated them, in his drawings. Roy has used accurate, illustrative drawing techniques, to entice the viewer to “examine the drawings and in doing so, see the object in a new light and perhaps share the discovery of its aesthetic quality. Roy says “ the way I have depicted these objects as abstract forms and structures dignifies them as works of art. I hope people will become more open to an awareness of the curious beauty of these forms and structures and that in doing so be reminded of Sheffield’s heritage. A heritage as a city whose media was steel and silver, and these objects the means by which that media flourished. Now is the time for their resurrection as works of art in their own right. I challenge any contemporary sculptor to create forms and structures as exciting as those I have found in these objects.”

Roy uses narrative passages on his drawings – by eminent poets, philosophers and fellow artists, and also some of his own poetic works, to help the viewer engage with the concept of functional objects being seen as art.

For example the poem Ozymedias by Shelley is used to give transcendence to a drawing of the redundant Bessemer Converter at the Kelham Island Museum.

 

 
 

email: roy@royridsdale.com

 


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