Model for an Unknown Landscape No.9
Alabaster and painted wood
37 × 120 × 55 cm /
1ft 2 1/2 × 3ft 11 1/4 × 1ft 9 5/8 ins
Price on application
Our work of the month is Model for an Unknown Landscape No. 9 and has been selected from our current exhibition Nicholas Pope: Works and Days. Nicholas Pope (b. 1949) studied at Bath Spa and soon after his graduation in 1973 Bill Tucker invited him to take part in the seminal exhibition The Condition of Sculpture at the Hayward Gallery. Pope started showing with innovative galleries such as Art & Project in Amsterdam and Garage in London, and as his work began to be exhibited around the world, it entered major international collections such as Tate, the Guggenheim, the Stedelijk and Kröller-Müller. In 1980 he was asked to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale.
Like many of his peers who emerged in the 1970s, including Richard Long, Hamish Fulton and David Nash, Nicholas Pope was preoccupied with finding a new and distinctive sculptural language. His early work marked a defiant break with the brightly coloured, welded metal or moulded plastic sculpture of an earlier generation and he established a reputation for using mainly natural materials, which he carved, or more simply, stacked and assembled. Model for an Unknown Landscape No. 9, 1984, reflects the unique style Nicholas Pope had developed by the 1980s following a residency in Tanzania, when he became interested in the ways abstract ideas and dreams could be conveyed through carved organic shapes. He made Model for an Unknown Landscape No. 9 from cypress wood, which was rubbed smooth and painted to provide an undulating terrain on which sits an amorphous alabaster form. The object is beautiful and serene but at the same time has a distinctly alien presence and, it has been noted, it 'bears a certain resemblance to 'biomorphic' surrealist sculpture' (J. Vickery, 2003) of Arp or even Moore and Hepworth.
The exhibition Nicholas Pope: Works and Days continues at Roche Court until 12 January 2014 and brings together many of the early works with which Pope established his reputation and also includes more recent examples. It coincides with the publication of Pope's first monograph by Ridinghouse, with texts by Penelope Curtis, Andrew Sabin and Christopher Townsend and an interview between Pope and Stephen Feeke. In June 2014 his monumental group 'The Apostles Speaking in Tongues' is planned for an exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral, which was last shown at Tate in 1996.
For further information about Nicholas Pope: Works and Days and other available works, please click here.
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