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Gow Langsford Gallery

Gow Langsford Gallery


Iain Cheesman

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11 July – 4 August 2012


Iain Cheesman is a maker of objects and ‘things’. His works often combine aspects of sculpture and painting, or of painting and photography. They are, in a sense, ‘hybrids’ of a number of aspects of artistic making.
Fragility and temporality are common themes throughout his works. In some works this is suggested by schematics (skeletal pathways) that appear to act as linkages from one place or time to another.

Processes of entropy - that is the realities of organisational failure, and loss of energy or form - conceptually underpin these works while thematically, his work has addressed notions of losses and gains at different formal and material levels.
In a more flippant way, they are also appear as ‘try hards’ - the ugly attempting to be beautiful, or the skeleton attempting to be something more than the process of decay.
For the Wellesley St Window Project, Cheesman presents a new work titled The Scholar-Official Contemplating the Matter of all Matter that Matters.  His artist statement on the project reads:  
Of the matter of this assemblage; there is only distortion. A twist of three art practices: Painting, Calligraphy and Sculpture; each is twisted in a perverse mash, a parade of a burlesque nature.
In this mute play we have the distortion of a cubist’s aesthetic ideal, one which irritates its companion; that of the distorted ‘Scholar Official’ who is on a quest for moral perfection. But this creation however seems to lack any such morals, and as it expands at its contorted seams, it cements its position. It is the ugly beauty pointing, the beast in man exploding and the sludge of all matter being sickly and wanting.
Three degradations to which there is no apology. 
“The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters”. Confucius