ALICE HERRICK Task Update- KEELERTORNERO RESPOND TO THE PAINTINGS OF IAN HEALY IN 3D

ALICE HERRICK TASK UPDATE #01 – KEELETORNERO RESPOND TO THE PAINTINGS OF IAN HEALY IN 3D

 

Alice Herrick of Herrick Gallery asked us to come and set up a sculpture studio in the basement of her Mayfair gallery during the Ian Healy exhibition and respond to his paintings in 3D. Our usual medium is paint so despite some initial apprehension it turned out to be really fun as we happily rediscovered some techniques and materials we’d used in the past. The experience of working at the Herrick gallery in the well-heeled environs of Mayfair proved to be good focus for us, since we were there to do one thing only and with Alice on the next floor, regularly checking on our progress, we couldn’t run away. The experience of spending time with another artist’s work is interesting too and it was necessary to get behind the compositions in Ian’s brightly coloured paintings. The characters in the paintings are very strong and the effect they have on you changes the more you get to know them. We hope we managed to treat the subjects with the right amount of respect.


These are some of Ian Healy’s paintings in the exhibition that we were responding to:


TASK No.05: ALICE HERRICK - THE BRIDGE

TASK NO.005: ALICE HERRICK – THE BRIDGE

In October 2017 Herrick Gallery held an exhibition of paintings by Edinburgh based artist, Ian Healy.

Alice Herrick, the gallery director, invited KEELERTORNERO to set up studio in the gallery and make small sculptures in response to Healy’s paintings. The idea for this juxtaposition was to create a bridge between the two disciplines of painting and sculpture, and between Healy and KEELERTORNERO, who had never met or seen each other’s work before the show.

The original idea was to work with air-dried or modelling clay, mediums Alice has been working with for some years now and was keen to collaborate with on this project. The task time was limited to a week, as the work had to be ready for the artists’ talk and private view at the gallery. With this in mind they decided to use plaster and other materials more familiar to them to create witty character models inspired by the subjects in Healy’s paintings. These models were then painted and they then also made small 2-D paintings of the models, so that there was a continuation of the chain of response. Alice meanwhile worked alongside them making a clay chess set based on the characters and motifs in Healy’s work.

The plan is to continue this collaboration and making small-scale clay sculptures in response to imagery within KeelerTornero’s paintings.

Alice Herrick studied painting at Kingston (B.A. Fine Art ‘92) and Chelsea (M.A. Painting ‘93). Alongside her art practice she worked for ten years as an art director and production designer on films, then as a  freelance exhibition and live art event curator before establishing Herrick Gallery in 2012.

The Bridge - Chess set by Alice Herrick in progress

Ian Healy studied painting in Cork, Ireland and lives and works in Edinburgh. His work circumnavigates the notion of being human. He is excited by representing the human figure, expressing humour and absurdness. Whilst having a keen engagement with historical and contemporary figurative painting, Healy also attempts to describe the foolishness and the idiosyncrasies of life or the acts performed. Underlying narratives inform the works; he seeks to draw a viewer into some drama or comedy, into a scenario, maybe fear of being seen, fear of how to look and even fear of the unknown.

More information about Ian Healy HERE