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William Braithwaite

Artist Biography

Artist Statement .My practice is a constant exploration of repetition, process and formation. Often these works explore the boundary between sculpture and architecture. Making a dialog between the two practices.

Artist Statement cont.

My practice is a constant exploration of repetition, process and formation. Often these works explore the boundary between sculpture and architecture. Making a dialog between the two practices.

I am interested in objects that engage the viewer in a bodily way, meaning I am interested objects that are of a large scale and or complex in there design. Influence has come from the architectural styles of Modernism and Brutalism. These buildings produce powerful, dominant, minimalist forms that can be visually interesting, especially from an artist point of view, with there repetitive mundane shapes becoming complex through repetition building up a complex shape.  

Using repetitive shapes and forms I build up a large form that has geometry and linear values. Often these works are made from concrete.  This means that the works look as if they could have existed for a long time and could exist for a long time. Using concrete asks questions about the relationship of architecture and sculpture. The mundane colour of the material allows the viewer can pay more attention to the form and structure of the work. The works almost appropriate different architectural and other functional objects and combine them together to create a hybrid.

Making on a large scale means that the viewer can have a bodily interaction with the work. I feel this is important when making work in relation architectural interventions. Being of a large scale often means exhibiting the work outside and work site specifically. It is interesting to see how sculpture inspired by architecture responds to buildings of varying architectural styles. Because of this constant exploration of form, material and location, one artwork makes the next with one sculpture inspiring the next.

While my work may look similar to some architectural forms, I am making something purely visual with no function, and with a conceptual framework that only art can have. The material, scale, form and location give my work its context and narrative, separating it from pure architecture. I believe my own artwork describes visual relationships; it is a way for me to make sense of architecture and its aesthetic values. It is a way of trying to understand abstract relationships. The difference between sculpture and architecture in my work is that architecture is the influence of my sculptural forms. The work is purely visual, with no function, but with a narrative and concept a building cannot have.

 

Selected Exhibitions 

Education

The Glasgow School of Art,

Sculpture and Environmental Art,

BA (honours) 

2014-2017

Leeds Arts University,

Foundation Diploma in Art and design,

2013-2014

 

Select Exhibitions

August 2018

Air Open

Air Art Gallery Manchester

 

July 2018

Composition 

Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield 

June 2018

Satellite,

Hosted by Visual Art Scotland

Summerhall, Edinburgh 

April 2018

RSA New Contemporary's 2018

The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 

January 2018

'OPEN'

The Society of Scottish Artists 

The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

November 2017

MATERILAISM

The Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr

June 2017

Glasgow School Of Art Degree Show 2017

Glasgow School Of Art 

February 2017

Traces Below Stairs,

Pollok House, Glasgow 

January 2017

Young Contemporys from GSA,

The Glasgow Art Club, Glasgow 

November 2016

Cooperation,

Contriving Moments In Resilience and Permanence,

At CASS Art, Glasgow

March 2016 +VAT, Group exhibition at The Whisky Bond, Glasgow

June 2015

CoEqual:

A Cognative Process,

At the Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

May 2014

Knock Knock,

Leeds Arts University, End of course show

 

 

Awards

January 2018

Winner of the Emma Herman-Smith award,

At the 'OPEN' 2018

Publication avilable here 

July 2017

Society of Scottish Artists (SSA),

Invited Graduate 2017

Publication available here 

June 2017

RSA New Contemporary's Selected Artist,

Exhibition at The RSA, Edinburgh, March 2018

June 2017

Winner Of The Bruce Finnie By Distinction Award 2017

May  2017

Aesthetica Art Prize "100 Contemporary 

Artists from the Aesthetica Art Prize"

Publication available here

 

Publications and Press   

March 2018

Aesthetica Magazine,

Formal progression

Publication avilable here 

Feburay 2018,

The Scotsman, review of the OPEN, 2018

at The Royal Scottish Academy

review avilable here

Febuary 2018,

Artlyst, Review of the OPEN 2018,

at The Royal Scottish Academy

review avilable here

June 2017

The Scotsman, review of the Glasgow

School of Art Degree show 

review available here