Bell House is delighted to present ‘Duets’, an exhibition of new work by artist Bruce Ingram.
The exhibition is split between the ground floor rooms of the house.
In the Lutyens room, Ingram presents nine plinth-based works that have taken form through the assemblage of scrap woods and found materials. Ingram is attracted to the randomness of finding ready-made shapes; discarded and salvaged materials often provide a starting point for Ingram to explore form. Through the ‘play’ of these materials in the studio, pieces are attached and morphed together. Ingram creates many works simultaneously with new outcomes formed through both deconstruction and amalgamation. Motifs recur in each work; a pinecone or a tennis ball punctuate the works surface, these shapes also provide a visual rhythm in the arrangement and display of the works, opening a dialogue between individual pieces.
In the Thomas Wright room, overlooking the gardens of the house, Ingram extends the dialogue of materials in a more playful manner. For this body of work, Ingram has visited the gardens throughout the seasons, gathering discarded clippings pruned from a range of plants and trees that surround the house. Raw materials fuse the natural and the man-made in evocative and elegant compositions. Ingram is interested in the Japanese art form of flower arrangement, ‘Ikebana’, and channels this to extend the play between nature and object, composition and form. The space is book-ended with two framed collage works, further articulating a process of layering and arrangement.
A second part of the project will see a group of sixth-form art students from across the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership (SSLP) to work alongside Ingram in the gallery. Students will deconstruct Ingram’s assembled works and experiment with creating their own sculptural outcomes using similar materials. Ingram’s exhibition will be reorganised and presented alongside students’ work. ‘ Duets part 2’ previews on Wednesday 13th June.
‘Duets’ is an exploration of opposites, pairings and partnerships. Contrasts are explored through the use of the natural alongside the man-made, the permanent paired with the ephemeral.
Venue: Bell House, 27 College Rd, Dulwich, London SE21 7BG
Closing: 10 June 2018 (this weekend only)